Editor’s note: George Stewart is 96 years old. He landed in Scotland to serve in England, beaches of Normandy, France and Germany.
It is hard to believe that it was 50 years ago that I landed on the beaches of Normandy because it is still so fresh in my mind. I did my basic training at Camp Crowder, Missouri, and served in Engineers and Signal Corps Office Training until it was discontinued. I served in the Army just a little less than three years.
I took the Queen Mary troop ship landing in Scotland then on to England for more training. We left England via a landing craft and waded ashore to the beaches of Normandy. I am sure you have seen many pictures and read many stories about what happened at the beaches of Normandy and it is too hard to put into words what it was like being there.
From there we went across France through Germany until they surrendered. Then we went to South France for shipment to the South Pacific war zone and then as we were heading for the Panama Canal on a troop ship word came of the Japanese surrendering and we were instead ordered to Boston Harbor. We were then sent to an Army camp. I was furloughed home for two months when my points added up enough to be discharged.
The real heroes of World War II were those who lost their lives so we could have the freedom we have today.