Local WWII Soldier Played Key D-Day Role

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- As the 70th anniversary of D-Day approaches, Inez Rule is remembering her husband and his role in the D-Day invasion.

Eugene Rule was among the first paratroopers in the invasion. That's right, the first wave to move into the shower of bullets that rained on the Normandy coast.

Floating down in the dark he landed in Nazi occupied France and set up a radar system that would guide the other soldiers in safely.

His officers said that most wouldn't make it back alive.

Eugene was one of the lucky ones. Of the 160 that were sent in only 60 came back.

Two purple hearts later, his legacy rings clear for Inez and their family. Inez still has the silk map of Normandy that her husband carried on June 6, 1944.


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