D-Day Survivor: An Autobiography

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A member of the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division, veteran Harold "Hal" Baumgarten gives his firsthand account of the June 6, 1944, landing on Dog Green sector of Omaha Beach. A multidecorated hero, Baumgarten was wounded five times before being evacuated. In 1991, he served as a consultant for the filming of the WWII movie Saving Private Ryan.
ISBN: 9781589804210
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
Images: 63
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Harold Baumgarten was drafted at eighteen years old, and his first assignment was with the 116th Infantry Regiment/29th Infantry Division. On the morning of June 6, 1944, Baumgarten landed in front of the Vierville draw at the Dog Green Sector of Omaha Beach. In the hours that followed, he was wounded four times as he worked his way up the bluffs at Omaha Beach. While on a stretcher awaiting evacuation, Baumgarten was wounded a fifth time, a nearly fatal wound. As one of the few survivors of this momentous day in history, he wrote his autobiography so that the brave young men who lost their lives on Omaha Beach would always be remembered. In this survivor's story, we see firsthand the tenacity of a man who pushed ahead until finally he made it off that beach to tell his story. After the war, the multidecorated veteran received a bachelor of arts degree from New York University and a master's and medical doctorate from the University of Miami. Dr. Baumgarten is a renowned speaker and internationally recognized historian who has written several books on D-Day and whose story has been featured in forty other books on the D-Day invasion. Dr. Baumgarten's exploits have been reported in People, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, and various other newspapers throughout the United States. He has also been featured on National Public Radio's Morning Edition and by Tom Brokaw on NBC. Besides his countless television appearances that include interviews on CNN, CBS, The History Channel, and networks in France, Austria, and Germany, he was a guest speaker at The National D-Day Museum in New Orleans in June 2000.
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