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CONUS Archive
82433
D -DAY MAN REMEMBERS (1994)
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
PKG
6/6/1994
47:26
2:25
Albuquerque, NM SOT Tom Joles, Reporting
BLACK AND WHITE FILM OF D-DAY LANDING, VETERAN SOT, PARATROOPERS JUMPING FROM PLANE, PARACHUTING DOWN, EXPLOSIONS ON THE GROUND, SOLDIERS, WORLD WAR TWO FILE, WW II, SOT, WW II FILE, WAR FILE
LEAD: A MILLION THOUGHTS ARE GOING TO BE GOING THROUGH THE MIND OF JIM RIGHTLY TODAY. 50 YEARS AGO HE WAS ALMOST KILLED DURING THE D-DAY INVASION. HE'LL NEVER FORGET THE NAZI SOLDIER WHO WAS PICKING OVER THE DEAD AND TOOK THE WATCH OFF LEFT WRIST BEFORE BOTHERING TO TAKE THE .45 OUT OF HIS OTHER HAND. RIGHTLY SURVIVED, BUT NOT WITHOUT HELP FROM SOME PEOPLE HE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW. TOM JOLES HAS DETAILS. SCRIPT: JUNE 6TH 1944 IS COME TO BE KNOWN AS THE LONGEST DAY, AND FOR ALBUQUERQUE NATIVE JIM RIGHTLY, IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE HOW IT COULD HAVE GOTTEN ANY LONGER. HE WAS JUMPING OUT OF A PLANE SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT THAT MORNING AND PARACHUTED DOWN TO FRENCH SOIL HOURS BEFORE THE BEACH WAS STORMED. HIS JOB WAS BLOWING UP BRIDGES, BUT BY THE NEXT DAY THE CONFUSING FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE AND A SWARM OF NAZIS ENDED HIS ROLE IN THE INVASION. HE WAS SHOT 3 TIMES AND CAPTURED. (SOT) THE WOUNDS WERE NOT FATAL, AND HE AND OTHER PRISONERS WERE LOADED ONTO TRUCKS AND SHIPPED OUT TO POW CAMPS IN POLAND. THEY TRAVELED TWO MONTHS ACROSS FRANCE AND GERMANY. AND WOUND UP ON THE RUSSIAN FRONT IN THE DEAD OF WINTER, SOON AFTER RIGHTLY MANAGED TO ESCAPED THE GERMANS, HE DISAPPEARED INTO A SNOWSTORM, THE BITTERLY COLD CONDITIONS MIGHT HAVE KILLED HIM IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE HELP OF THE POLISH PEOPLE. (SOT) EVENTUALLY RIGHTLY MADE IT TO THE UKRAINIAN PORT OF ODESSA AND THE MILITARY SENT HIM BACK HOME TO ALBUQUERQUE IN TIME TO CELEBRATE VE DAY, LESS THAN A YEAR AFTER THE LONGEST DAY BEGAN. ONE HISTORIAN HAS SAID D-DAY WAS THE DAY AMERICA BECAME A SUPER POWER. DOES RIGHTLY FEEL LIKE A HERO FOR THE ROLE HE PLAYED? (SOT)
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