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For Private Herbert Colcord, a 18-year-old Quincy-native, the D-Day invasion began with 36 sleepless hours on a ship’s deck. He eventually became a POW.
David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
At the Vine Hill Cemetery in Plymouth, Colcord and his wife visit the grave of his squad leader, John Spurr, who died a week after the Normandy invasion.
Herbert and Audrey continue to tend to Spurr’s grave. Today, they live in Fuller Village in Milton.
Sergeant Matthew Glinka had been trained to use a top-secret weapon: powerful tank-mounted lights that could temporarily blind the enemy.
After the war, Glinka spent 30 years managing the Cottage Club, a student dining club at Princeton. He moved to Chelmsford Crossings, to be closer to his children.
Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff
Bernard Glassman, a 28 year-old Chelsea native, was a cook in the officers’ mess, three meals a day for up to 500 soldiers.
Courtesy of the Rosenthal Family
David A. Rosenthal, 24, of Marblehead, was part of a two-man mortar team during the Normandy invastion.
Glassman, 98, and Rosenthal, 94, residents of the Jack Satter House in Revere, met for the first time recently.
Needham’s David Borrelli, shown with his mother, last saw his family in early 1944, just before he enlisted with the Army was shipped out to England.
Borelli, 21, was killed in the Battle of Saint-Lô, a crossroads town in Normandy, and was buried in a military cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach.
Paul Burke of Newton joined the Navy in Feburary 1944 at age 17; five months later, he was piloting a craft landing troops on D-Day.
Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff
After returning to Newton, Burke had a 40-year career in the Public Works Department. He now resides in Norwood.
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