HORNE IS IN D-DAY ACTION
An Oakdale man who hit the
beaches on D-Day and has seen the movie "The Longest Day' says it is
an excellent portray of events and as realistic as a movie could possibly
Tommy Home, who was a 22-year old paratrooper, was air dropped into
action about 1:30 a.m., June 6, as a member of the 508th Infantry Parachute
As they came down through the air by parachute they could see a nearby
town burning which he says is also shown in the picture.
But from the time he hit the ground the trouble began. Tommy said that
only four from his plane survived the air drop and they landed in a
lake and were pinned down by enemy fire until about daylight when they
managed to find a small cove from which they could emerge unseen.
All heavy weapons were lost in the parachute drop according to
Horne and the carbine he had with him would not fire from the night
in the water. So he was a combat soldier in enemy territory without
a weapon, except a knife.
He found a crashed glider in which everyone had been killed and got
himself a rifle. Later in the morning his group of four joined with
other paratroopers and formed a unit of approximately 20 men.
This was a short lived unit though says Home. He and three others were
sent to take a German machine gun which had them pinned down. One of
the four was
killed as he got up, but Home and
the other two paratroopers went on to check out the gun position and
while they were busy doing that the remainder of the remainder of the
20 men were captured by the Germans.
Home says all the action for the next couple of days for him was with
small units and he didn't know if the American troops had hit the beaches
or not for about three days.
Tommy said the going was rough and his company was 140 strong when
they went into action and only 40 men made it back to England with the
unit when they were pulled 'out after more than a months intense combat
duty. All officers but two of Home's company were lost in action, and
he said units took a worse beating than his.
Home went back into action in a parachute jump into Holland on September
17 at about noon, end was wounded in action on September 19 and spent
the next two months in the hospital.
Then he was back in action during the Battle of the Bulge.
Home who has been an employee of Newport Industries here in Oakdale
for the past 15 years, says he and his entire family are looking forward
to seeing "The Longest Day as second time when it comes to Oakdale and
the Delta Theater beginning August 3.
[The Oakdale Journal, Oakdale, L, 01 Aug 1963, Thu, Page 3\