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In the surf at “Bloody OMAHA.” Here in the Dog Green Sector came ashore the men of Company A, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division; better known today as “The Bedford Boys.” Almost 60% of Company A’s men came from Bedford, Virginia. The 29th Division was a National Guard unit that traveled to England in September 1942 aboard the steamship Queen Mary. Nearly 500 miles off the British coast a flotilla of Britosh ships came out to escort the ship into harbor. The H.M.S. Curacao cut across the front of the 83,000 ton Queen Mary and was torn in two. 332 British sailors lost their lives. According to historian Stephen Ambrose, “It was not an auspicious beginning to the great Allied invasion.” On June 6, 1944, the estimates of casualties within Company A range f96% of it’s men killed, wounded, or missing. 19 of the dead of June 6th were from Bedford.

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