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Remembering D-Day

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HAMBURG, La. (KALB News Channel 5)-- 70 years ago Lucien Laborde landed on Omaha Beach along with 160,000 Allied troops in a fight against Nazi Germany--News Channel Five's Steven Maxwell tells us Laborde's story from D-Day. 
  
"Every soldier had to sign whether they wanted their body buried in France or sent back to the United States," said Lucien Laborde, D-Day Veteran.
  
Lucien Laborde was part of the 115th Infantry Regiment that invaded Omaha Beach 70 years ago.
  
"If I had been guaranteed 30 days I would have signed, and most anybody would because you look and see how many didn't get those 30 days," said Laborde.
  
Laborde recalls wading through the water, then climbing a 90 foot cliff to battle the Germans. As he looked back -- the navy ship that took him there was sunk and many of the soldiers that got off with him were already gone.
 
"We landed with two regimental headquarters, incase one didn't make it we would go on," said Laborde.
  
Like all soldiers, Laborde carried a map that he has kept to this day.  On the map is water stains put there as he waded to the shore. For Laborde remembering D-Day is important for everybody, especially for all the lives lost and the adversity the Allied troops overcame.
 
"We were confident but we knew that we would be outnumbered, and we knew that we have never been in combat before," said Laborde.
  
While on war room duty, Laborde received a telegram for then General Dwight Eisenhower saying the war had ended, and to this day he still has the original copy.
 
"I signed for it and woke up the general and had him initial it and he told me to notify all the commanders," said Laborde. 

It's a memory from a day he hopes everyone will remember. 
  
Laborde just had his birthday and turned 96 last April.  


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