KOTA Territory veterans remember D-Day - KOTA Territory News

KOTA Territory veterans remember D-Day

Friday marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the day allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France.

Veterans across the United States were reflecting on what they were doing that very day. We spoke with two veterans right here in KOTA Territory.

Bill Schmagel was just 21 when he enlisted in the military. At 92, he can still vividly remember details of his time abroad. Specifically Schmagel remembers 1944, when he was working underground in Germany and France to get a foothold in Europe.

He thought the mission was impossible at the time, but he is proud the allies overcame the odds.

During that same time, Bill Groethe was 19-years-old and training to be a war photographer. Groethe can recall nearly every detail of his service during WWII, and although he's modest about his role during D-Day, his snapshots of war became a part of history's diary. "I think all facets of the mission were important. One has to have to other to survive," said Groethe. 

Schmagel is equally as humble. "More people know now than what we knew then about what we accomplished," said Schmagel.

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