D-Day survivor from Homosassa remembers excitement, terror

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HOMOSASSA, Fla. (WFLA) – Thursday marks 75 years since D-Day, and people all across the world are stopping to remember the pivotal point in World War II. That includes veterans who were serving at the time.

“We set sail June 5 around midnight,” 94-year-old Navy veteran Patrick Ryan remembers.

Halfway across the English Channel, he heard the thunder of the allied bombardment. As his ship crept closer to destiny, no one aboard the U.S.S. Thomas Jefferson slept.

Patrick Ryan’s ship laid anchor off Omaha Beach. In the pre-dawn dark, it was time.

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