Normandy Road Trip
As a member of the "Greatest Generation", my father never talked about World War II. When asked he would respond “I drove a truck across France” and the conversation about the war ended. In the early to mid 1960s movies about World War II were popular and my friends, whose fathers were also war veterans, and I would spend Saturday afternoons in movie theaters munching popcorn and watching war films such as “The Longest Day” and “The Great Escape”.
With age I became more interested in World War II history and my father’s role in it. In his final years he talked more about his time in the segregated US Army as a corporal in a quartermaster trucking company driving a supply truck along the Red Ball route bringing troops and supplies to the front lines as the war raged from the Normandy beaches across France and into Germany.
In 2016, I spent a couple of weeks in a small Norman village between the Utah and Omaha D-Day beaches getting a sense of life in this corner of northwestern France while retracing the route my father took from Utah Beach as he began his 1944 Normandy Road trip across France.