Honoring A Triad Veteran With A Trip To The D-Day Memorial

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – WFMY News 2 is teaming up with Rotary District 7690 to honor the Triad's World War II Veterans.

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This year marks the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, France. More than 4,000 American and Allied troops were killed on D-Day. The National D-Day Memorial is in Bedford, VA – a community that lost more soldiers per capita than any other American community.

The deadline to sign up for the 70th anniversary trip is Tuesday, April 15.

WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower met Dewitt Wells, a Veteran from Winston-Salem,who landed on Utah Beach on D-Day, and also fought during the Battle of the Bulge.

He will attend the 70th anniversary events in Bedford.

"What's it like on D-Day? So many people ask me what it's like when I went in D-Day on Utah Beach."

Dewitt Wells says he can't explain what he saw on June 6th, 1944. Not because 70 years have passed since D-Day, but because it all happened so fast.

"When that door goes down on the front, there is not much you think about except getting off. I mean you're in waste deep water, you only think get out, go get it, forge ahead, and that's the only was you do it," said Wells.

Wells followed orders all across France and eventually to Luxembourg, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

"It's one of those cold days I don't want to think about. It was a cold day."

His feet froze in the bitter cold. It's an injury that sent him home.

For his service, he earned a Bronze Star and the French Legion of Honor.

"The only thing I think about is the people that never came back. My heart bleeds for people like that and sometimes is say Lord, why pick me? I mean there were so many that deserve medals and never got them."

Wells added, "I'm very proud of my service. I'm very proud of the United States because they did a good job. We went to do a job, they finished it and they came home and with honors. I'm glad I was part of it."

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