First In Normandy
Raymond J. Hummel of 1315
1/2 Center street, Moundsville, was one of the
paratroopers who dropped in France early on D-Day and
fought 33 days without relief in Normandy.
The following comes from Headquarters, 82nd Airborne Division,
Normandy: Soldiers of one parachute infantry regiment, 82nd Airborne
Division, dropped over a wide area on D-Day and were unable to
assemble as a tactical unit until the fourth day o£ the invasion.
The regiment, nevertheless, played a brilliant role in carrying out
the mission of the airborne troops, which was to precent [sic] the
Germans from interfering with the ground assault force until the
beach landindh [sic] had been accomplished.