Remembering their Sacrifice: The 77th Anniversary of D-Day

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Panorama of Omaha Beach, “Charlie” and “Dog Green” sectors, 2016
Photographic interpretation by Lyles Forbes/The Mariners’ Museum and Park

We arrived at the beach early in the morning when the tide was out. A long way out. A warm breeze was coming in as we walked out to the water’s edge. “Don’t look back until you get out to the water.” When we got out there, and turned around . . .

. . . and stared at the bluffs overlooking Plage de Colleville-sur-Mer.  On this day 77 years ago,  the scene on Omaha Beach was far different from the quiet, sunny morning we experienced while there. It was, however, a powerful moment to try and imagine the landings made by the American V Corps.   Read more

He was, above all, a Mariner

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Yankee Tar anchored in Bora Bora, French Polynesia
The Mariners’ Museum and Park Collection

Hal Holbrook (1925—2021)

Most everyone knows Hal Holbrook as a quintessential actor of television, movies, and the stage. I guess the roles that stuck out for me were his portrayal of Deep Throat in the 1976 film All The President’s Men, as Commander Rochefort in Midway that same year; as Lt. Briggs in the 1973 film Magnum Force; and, of course his portrayal of Jeremiah Denton in the 1979 film, When Hell Was in Session. Hal’s stage and screen career was as incredible as it was diverse.

And for all of that, one of Hal’s greatest passions was sailing.    Read more