A lifetime of service. Charles Norman Shay, a 94-year old Penobscot tribal elder, recounts his time serving in #WWII as a combat medic landing on Omaha Beach in the first wave. Video by Thomas Hamilton III, @USArmyEurope #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth
Charles Norman Shay, a 94-year old Penobscot tribal elder, recounts his time serving in #WWII as a combat medic landing on Omaha Beach in the first wave. Video by Thomas Hamilton III #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth @USArmy
Charles Shay, who was in the first wave of troops to hit Omaha Beach during D-Day, went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge and later the Korean War.
D-Day veteran Charles Shay holds his hand over his heart during the playing of the national anthems of the U.S. and France at a D-Day 75th anniversary ceremony at Picauville, France, June 4, 2019. (Photo by Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes) READ MORE:
Native elder Charles Norman Shay was a combat medic with The 1st Infantry or “The Big Red One” – one of the first units to land on Omaha Beach during D-Day. It was his very first day of combat. #DDay75
U.S. Army Medic and Native American Charles Shay relives his harrowing landing on the shores of Omaha Beach on D-Day
Charles Shay was one of 175 Native Americans who landed in Normandy on D-Day, he ran across the beach dozens of times, dragging men out of the surf and patching up their wounds under heavy fire — actions for which he was awarded a Silver Star