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Lansing Area Man Still Able to Tell the "D-Day" Story First Hand

Posted Sunday, June 1st 2014 @ 8am  by The Associated Press

A mid-Michigan man is in select company.

Richard Crum is a D-Day veteran still around talking about his experiences during ``the longest day.'' The 90-year-old Williamston resident was one of the 156,000 Allied troops who crossed the English Channel on June 6, 1944, and landed on the French coastline.

Although thousands of Crum's fellow 1st Infantry Division soldiers were captured, killed or wounded during the assault on Normandy, time has taken a much larger toll.The Michigan State University retiree is one of the few D-Day participants still around seven decades after taking part in the biggest amphibious invasion in history.

Crum says he's one of only four men remaining from the 220 members of his company who waded ashore that day on Omaha Beach.

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