Amphibs Come Ashore, D-Day

Date:
1944
Creator:
Whitcomb, Jon
Description (physical):

Watercolor

Location:
Washington Navy Yard Navy Art Collection, Building 67,Washington,Navy Yard
Identifier:
88-200-D
Institution:
U.S. Navy Art Collection

General Eisenhower With The 101st Airborne Division

Date:
5-Jun-44

Perhaps the most widely published photograph of General Eisenhower in World War II, this U.S. Army Signal Corps photo was taken around 8:30 p.m. on the eve of D-Day, June 5, 1944.  It shows Eisenhower talking with First Lieutenant Wallace Strobel, Company E, 502nd Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.  Ike had gone to Greenham Common Airfield in England that evening to see the men off.  The paratroopers of the 101st Division were among the first Allies to land in France the next day. Heavy casualties were expected.  A soldier in the crowd yelled out, “Now quit worrying General, we’ll take care of this thing for you.”

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
ENHS 1904
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

1st Infantry Division At Omaha Beach, D-Day

Date:
6-Jun-44

The Higgins Boat was the invention of Andrew Jackson Higgins, a New Orleans businessman who owned Higgins Industries, a company that specialized in constructing shallow draft boats.  The boats came in several different sizes.  Most common were ones designated LCVP, Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel.  The standard length was 36 feet long and 10 1/2 feet wide.  The LCVP could carry a platoon of infantrymen or several Willys Jeeps. Read more »

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
NARA 26-G-2343
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site

Ghost Division Military Patch

Date:
1944

14th U.S. Infantry "ghost" Division shoulder patch, one of the fictitious divisions organized under Operation Fortitude (June-August 1944) to deceive Germans during D-day.

Description (physical):

Cloth. L 8.0, W 7.6 cm

Location:
250 Eisenhower Farm Drive Gettysburg,Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
EISE 11266
Institution:
Eisenhower National Historic Site