"How did I survive?" WWII veterans look back on D-Day

  • Play

Video by kgun9.com

"How did I survive?" WWII veterans look back on D-Day

By Christina Myers. CREATED Jun 6, 2014
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Allied troops storming a beach in Normandy, France on June 6th 1944 was a pivotal moment in World War II.
On the 70th anniversary of the invasion now known as D-Day, every generation remembers their bravery, but the memories are most prominent for the soldiers themselves. 
"I'm 95-years-old, so my synapses are a little bit rusty," said Armoured Engineer vet Ned Nelson. "It takes me a while to remember things, but those things that were so critical, I remember every detail."
Nelson told 9 On Your Side a number of his battle stories from WWII, including how he received two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.
The latter he got after being shot in the hip by a sniper. He recovered in a hospital in England for just a few months before going right back to battle. 
Later, Nelson learned the man who took over the position when Nelson was out was killed in action. "I think it's my million dollar wound I call it, because if I had been there, I would have been killed, you know," said Nelson. 
Former B-17 pilot Dick Bushong also looked back and wondered how he made it out alive. "It was scary then, but now that I look back on it, it's even more frightening. How did I survive?" said Bushong. 
Bushong was part of the group of B-17 pilots who took out enemy manufacturing plants to clear the territory for Allied forces to move in. 
Christina Myers

Christina Myers

Email Twitter
Christina comes to Tucson all the way from Rhode Island. She is very excited to be at KGUN 9 as a Weekend Anchor and reporter and can't wait to explore Tucson.