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France says thank you to local veterans

Around 6 o’clock on the morning of D-day, Arthur Cotton was aboard a landing craft headed for the shores of Normandy, racing against time and the receding tide.

Within 3½ hours, the Navy Seabee and his crew found themselves stranded on Utah Beach by the tide, which ebbed as they raced to unload as many trucks, ambulances, and other vehicles as they could.

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