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Grayson Co. World War II Veteran Discusses 70th D-Day Anniversary

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- We spoke to one World War II veteran about his thoughts on the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

The night before D-Day, the history goes that Denison native General Dwight Eisenhower got a good report on weather conditions, and he gave the go-ahead for the massive invasion of Europe.

We spoke to a veteran at Perrin Air Force Base museum, who says he enlisted in San Antonio about 73 years ago.

He spent 3 years going to various new bases in Lubbock, Amarillo, and Dalhart as an aircraft mechanic.

Then he was deployed to the Pacific in 1944, where he went to Australia, then Leyte Gulf in the Philippines and Okinawa.

He says he was in the Pacific on D-Day when more than 4,000 Americans died.

To him, the day is all about what America had to do to go in to Europe and stop Hitler from taking over the world.
"We knew if we put feet on the ground in Europe, that D-Day landing would cost many lives," says veteran James Farris. "I lost a brother in that process."

Farris's brother died in the European theater during the war.

The Eisenhower Birthplace on the east side of Denison held a special event with free tours on Saturday.

Eisenhower wrote a note delivered to the troops saying in part "the eyes of the world are upon you."

He also had a note in case the operation failed, saying that "if any blame or fault attaches to the attempts, it is mine alone."