[June 6, 2021] Today is, of course, the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944 when allied forces stormed ashore at Normandy and began the long march to defeat Nazi Germany during WW2. One of those men was Sergeant and medic Bernie Friedenberg. I wrote about him in an earlier article.1
Yesterday, several veterans and a retired FBI special agent were being interviewed locally by a newspaper reporter. The reporter Michelle Brunetti was interested in the story of veterans, especially those who demonstrated unusual bravery on the battlefield on D-Day. This morning, the article appeared in the Press of Atlantic City.2 Listen to a short interview on YouTube.3
Bernie Friedenberg was awarded his first Silver Star medal on D-Day at Omaha Beach for making five trips into a minefield under withering enemy fire to rescue downed men and carrying them to safety. Again at Achen, he “fearlessly moved up and down exposed roads and, at great risk to his life,” calmly assisted wounded GIs as well as civilians and German soldiers out of harm’s way. Stories like this can be found his Bernie’s book, “Of Being Numerous: World War II As I Saw It.”
The interview involved a small group of men determined to honor a specific WW2 vet (who came ashore on D-Day and participated in several other critical WW2 European battles). These folks are honoring all medics and all veterans by funding a monument in an Atlantic City park. This is a worthy cause. Departing from my usual way of doing business of not soliciting funds, I highly recommend contributing to their fund. Instructions can be found at this link.
A monument to a WW2 medic? A worthy cause? Yes, undoubtedly so.
Study this man’s accomplishments, study his bravery, and get to know the obstacles he overcame to enlist in the U.S. military shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. We can learn to be more humble through the actions of a modest Army soldier who demonstrated the greatest thing a man can do – save the life of a fellow human being while putting their own life in grave danger.