Online interactive experience features stories of D-Day

US troops disembarking at Omaha beach on D-Day | Photo: Robert F. Sargent / National Archives
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WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- June 6 will mark 75 years since the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, a tactical action also known as D-Day.

To commemorate the anniversary, the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress has launched an interactive online experience featuring the journeys of some of the veterans who were there.

There is an interactive story map drawing from WHP collections and chronicling the individual journeys of four veterans who took part in the invasion: Preston Earl Bagent, Robert Harlan Horr, John William Boehne III, and Edward Duncan Cameron.

There is text, images, and multimedia content that immerses the user in the experience and allows for map-based discovery through geographic information system technology.

It also includes archival source materials like ticket stubs, sketches, military orders, diaries, memoirs and photographs.

The website also features “D-Day: 75th Anniversary,” which explores the stories of 12 veterans from the VHP archive who took part in Operation Overload, the military campaign that began with the invasion.

This feature includes stories from the days following the initial assault on the beaches of Northern France, including those of nurses Edna Statman and Ruth Dorsman, combat medic Charles Norman Shay who was also a Penobscot Indian and a prisoner of war, John Bonzer who as a doctor who treated casualties on Utah Beach, and sailor Herbert DeGenere who kept a meticulous diary.

The Veterans History Project was created in 2000 to collect, preserve, and make accessible the firsthand remembrances of U.S. war veterans from World War I forward.

To view the D-Day online experience, click on the links in the Related Links box.

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