Military History/147th Combat Engineers
Russ Gordon wrote at 2014-06-02 18:34:48
My father, Roy Gordon, was Captain of the 147th Engineer Combat Battalion, among the first to land at Omaha Beach in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944. Their role was to secure Dog White beach. The 147th is also, belatedly, credited with providing the explosives and some manpower to blow up the blocked road allowing men and equipment to finally get off of the beach. The 147th lived on the beach June-August, then were housed inland at the Chateau owned by the La Breck family. On their property is a monument dedicated to the ones who died in the landing. My father, Roy, died July 9, 2004.