PODCAST REVIEW; Veterans Stories: Remembering the D-day Invasion

Presented through the Veteran Wisdom Project. These stories were meant to honor veterans. This podcast in particular honored two veterans; Beasley and Bowers. The author encourages us to honor all veterans on November 11th. To honor a veteran, the author discusses brief moments of Bowers and Beasly. This podcast honors both veterans who were present on D Day in Normandy France.

This collection is not a story of veterans were it is exaggerated and glorified like in the movies. This podcast tells a brief story of Beasly and Bowers and their horrifying moments on D Day. They tell a story of D day realization of the event that occurred.

In the first interview of Jeff Beasly, Beasly recalls his version of D day. Beasly recalls the event when he landed on the beach in Normandy. The expressions and his emotions of peer soldiers awaiting war. Like awaiting death he says.

In a second interview, Luis Bower’s interview recalls his D Day invasion in Normandy. “This was the day and the D day he says.” He recalls running into enemy strong, located on high ground and practically annihilated. Even the German Army reported on the radio they were annihilated.  As he was running along a ridge that was 2 to 3 miles long, he reached a hill. Upon reaching the hill, the Germans were waiting to attack. Faced with machine guns and artillery by the Germans, he struggled to cross the valley with his men. At this moment, he remembers recalling a scripture; “As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” The cost? He lost many men.

As he continued to press on, he ran into the German Company Commander, injured. They laid him in a slip trench and left him to die with his canteens. Just before his departure. he shook the commander’s hand. While in England, he says he recognized a familiar man. That man was the German Commander he left to die.  

Bowers continues to recall meeting an event of a young German officer. The officer fired his weapon at Bowers and Bowers fired back. Bowers watched the German soldier from a distance and observed a 20-year-old, paralyzed man. He states, “He felt sick at that moment.” The paralyzed soldier’s last moment was aided by Bowers donating his morphine to ease the young man’s pain. Upon returning home, Bowers says he never hunted again.