World War II veteran recalls storming Omaha Beach on the 74th anniversary of D-Day
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) —
Denman Wolfe may be 96, but his recollection of June 6th, 1944, makes it seem like it happened yesterday.
"The water was rough that day, it was just a roll of waves one after the other," Wolfe said.
The Kentucky native, and the rest of D company in the 5th ranger battalion, were heading to Omaha Beach on D-Day.
He was about 23 years old.
"I don't see nothing but dead soldiers floating by with some of them hollering for help," said Wolfe.
74 years later, the images are just as vivid in his head.
"Some of them, their guts hanging out, shot all to hell and there was nothing nobody could do about it," Wolfe said.
He is the last surviving member of his company, who's objective was to climb up this cliffside to capture this German facility.
But every step of the way, Wolfe says each man had a greater objective.
"They was doing the same thing with me: trying to get by the best way they could and stay alive," he said.
In all, Wolfe spent 3 years, 11 months, and 21 days in Europe, fighting the Germans, and trying to stay alive.
"We stayed with them and fought them every foot of the way," Wolfe said.
He says he tries not to think back to that time, especially what happened on June 6th, 74 years ago.
"I tried to make that just lost," Wolfe said.
“Were you scared? Were you nervous?” Channel 7 reporter, Nick Popham, asked.
“You quit getting scared,” Wolfe said. “Just like the bullets, you don't get immune to them, they'll still kill you, but you get used to them."
I asked Wolfe if he considers himself a hero, like most veterans, he says not in slightest and that he's just a run of the mill man, who tried his best to stay alive on June 6th, 1944.