VA Woman's Two Brothers Killed on D-Day

BEDFORD, V.A. -- More than 4,000 American and Allied troops were killed on June 6, 1944, but no American community lost more soldiers per capita, than the small town of Bedford, Virginia.

Of 35 soldiers, 19 were killed on D-Day.

WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower learned two of those young men were Lucille Boggess' brothers, Bedford and Raymond Hoback.

Lucille Boggess is 84-years-old but if you ask her about her brothers, her face lights up like a kid.

"He always brought me candy," said Lucille Boggess, with a smile on her face.

The last time she saw Bedford or Raymond, she was 11 years-old and the boys were shipping off to war.

"It almost seems like yesterday," said Boggess. "It doesn't seem like 70 years, I can't believe it."

Her brothers were among the first to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day.

Neither survived.

"We were getting ready to go to church on Sunday when the first telegrams came."

It was news her brother, Bedford, was killed in action. The second telegram came the next day.

"The Secretary of War desires me to express regret that your son Staff Sergeant Raymond S. Hoback has been reported missing in action since June 6 in France," read Boggess.

"I think that was the one that was so hard for me. Just getting the second telegram and almost knowing, neither of my brothers were coming back."

Loss rippled across the small town of Bedford as dozens of other families learned their fathers, sons, brothers and husbands were never coming home.

"You'd walk down the street and everyone just had a sad look on their face," remembered Boggess.

Lucille's mother knew she would never see her boys again, but she found comfort knowing they will always be together.

"My mother always said if she couldn't bring both of them back, she wouldn't bring back one. She said they left home together, stayed together, and died together. They are both in France somewhere."

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