Emotion and memories for Puyallup vet 75 years after D-Day


Emotion and memories for Puyallup vet 75 years after D-Day

“It is a little quieter this time. Last time I was here the sea was bloody and it was on fire,” Loren Kissick said while standing on a French beach a quarter of a century after the Normandy invasion of World War II. Kissick, who lives in Puyallup, returned to France last month to be part of the 75th anniversary observance of D-Day on June 6, 1944. The 94-year-old was part of a group called Forever Young Senior Veterans, based in Memphis, Tenn. There were 14 WWII vets in the entourage that visited all five D-Day beaches–Omaha, Gold, Juno, Sword and Utah—and other historic sites of the largest amphibious invasion in history.

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Senior Eats

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Senior Adventures

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Business/Personal Finance/Products

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