A tribute to those that gave their lives so that we could live ours. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – June 6th, 2017 As June 6th, 2017 comes to a close, we should all remember that 73 years ago today, approximately 3,600 U.S. soldiers were killed or wounded on a blood-soaked strip of sand heading into Normandy, France. Those brave men gave their lives in order to destroy one of the most sadistic Fascist regimes and its leader in World History. LIFE’s Robert Capa was on Omaha Beach that day taking pics and here is that tribute to both those lost and those that survived. John Morris, Capa’s Editor at LIFE descried this soldier shown as the feature pic within the video as Private First Class Huston Riley, who after the Nazis shelled his landing craft jumped into water so deep that he had to walk along the bottom until he could hold his breath no more. When he activated his Navy M-26 belt life preservers and floated to the surface, Riley became a target for the guns and artillery shells mowing down his comrades. Struck several times, the 22-year-old soldier took about half an hour to reach the Normandy shore. Capa took this photo of him in the surf and then with the assistance of a sergeant helped Riley, who later recalled thinking, History.net added the morbid detail of "The Longest Day" in which 4,900 Allied troops killed, missing, or wounded. The First U.S. Army experienced 1,465 killed, 1,928 missing, and 6,603 wounded. Canadian forces who landed at Juno Beach sustained 335 dead and 611 wounded. The British experienced between 2,500 and 3,000 killed, wounded, and missing, including 650 from the Sixth Airborne Division. As I was parked on a beach to snap final day pics of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric this morning, I was thinking about how terrible the world would have been if our brave and honored soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice did not run headlong into extreme danger to begin the final take down of one of the world’s worst. 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric God Speed to all those that passed on the Normandy beaches that day and all soldiers who gave their lives during all wars including WW-II allowing U.S. citizenry to bask in relative freedom and security over the past 235+ years.