French give Port Orange D-Day veteran hero’s welcome.


French give Port Orange D-Day veteran hero’s welcome.

Former machinist’s mate cheered in return to Omaha Beach.


World War II veterans Joseph Van Eyzeren, left, and Donald Cobb walk through the Normandy American Cemeter

and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on June 6.

Seventy-two years before, the two served on the same destroyer warship, the USS Murphy DD603, off the coast of Omaha Beach on D-Day.

The Greatest Generations Foundation, a non-profit created to preserve the stories of WWII veterans,

provided nine veterans, including Cobb and Van Eyzeren, the opportunity to return to the battlefields of France.

The Greatest Generations Foundation

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