Once Upon a Time…

The coffee shop lights were dim. I could not make out the faces of the folks sitting in the far corner. I opened my book and thumbed to a short story titled, Andrew. It was one of my favorites. It was about two soldiers whose paths crossed in the wilderness as they found their way home after the Civil War. It was about dealing with having killed ― and it was about dealing with your own approaching death. Those are risky subjects for a writer ― but for once, I nailed it. At least, I thought so.

I cleared my throat and began.

Remembering the First Ashore on Omaha Beach

June 6, 1944…

D-Day…

0600 hours / Six o’clock in the morning…

Omaha Beach…

Easy Red Sector…

Hell was about to happen!

          I was a Pharmacist’s Mate in the Sixth Naval Beach Battalion. They assembled and trained our unit under hush-hush conditions. The reason for all the security was that our only mission was to be the first regular unit to land on the beach. They started training us before anyone even knew where the invasion would be. We certainly didn’t know when it would happen.

Introducing Michael Winston

Hello, my name is Michael Winston and I write historical fiction novels. In addition to writing I am also an artist and have many other interests, from fossil hunting to cooking to bird watching. Being an army brat we moved every three years, so I was fortunate enough to experience various lands and cultures from an early age. I joined the US Navy as a young man and served aboard the Destroyer Escort, USS Cromwell (DE 1014) and spent three winters sailing the Caribbean and one winter in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean.

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