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A Hero's Story: WWII vet recalls D-Day invasion

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Seventy-years ago Friday, allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France in what was a turning point of World War II.

On June 6, 1944, 18-year-old Dom Erichiello landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy carrying 26-pounds of equipment. In his hands was an M1 rifle.

Seven decades later, he tells his story with vivid details of a hell few could ever understand.

As if surviving D-Day wasn’t enough, Erichiello was captured later that year during the Battle of the Bulge. After overhearing a German soldier’s plan to kill them, the group of nine us soldiers decided to make a run for it.

Two soldiers survived the escape – one was Erichiello.

The longest day. The beginning of the end. D-day.

Whatever you want to call it, Erichiello was there.

Over his years in the Army, he was awarded a silver and bronze star and two purple hearts. But he’s also earned something else – the right to be called a hero.

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