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A group of Normandy residents came up with the idea of creating a bust of WWII veteran Charles Shay, which when finished will weigh 165 pounds and sit in the center of the Charles Shay Indian Memorial in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France.

An effort is underway to erect a large bust of D-Day vet Charles Shay, who stormed the beach as a medic and today calls Normandy home

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.

Now that he lives in a small Normandy village, just 20 miles from Omaha Beach, D-Day vet Charles Shay says he is able to make regular visits to the graves of friends buried at the American cemetery there.

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:

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Charles Shay, an American veteran who just turned 95, now lives about 20 miles from the beach he stormed 75 years ago as a 19-year-old @USArmy  medic.

D-Day veterans Charles Shay of Maine (Omaha Beach) and Irving Locker of New Jersey (Utah Beach). #DDay75thAnniversary 

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The Native representatives taking part in the commemoration are members of the Charles Norman Shay Delegation, named for a decorated Penobscot Indian veteran of the Normandy invasion. @SmithsonianNMAI  #DDay75thAnniversary 

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#DDay75 : Join us in honoring Charles Norman Shay, a Penobscot Indian Nation tribal elder and combat Veteran who served on this day during the first wave of attack on D-Day #WWII75inEurope 

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

Charles Shay, 94, stands on Omaha Beach, where he came ashore 75 years ago as an American medic in the D-Day landings. He warns that another war can never be discounted because "some men cannot get enough of power."

American Indian WWII combat vet, ret. Master Sgt. Charles Shay attending a memorial dedication in his honor. #NativeAmericanHistoryMonth 

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Aston Villa midfielder Charles N'Zogbia snapped by Shay Given at training today. Wow. Just... wow.

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