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'Band of Brothers' actors retell harrowing D-Day stories
« on: June 02, 2019, 09:36:28 AM »
'Band of Brothers' actors retell harrowing D-Day stories

By Gabe Ramirez and the CNN Motion Team

Updated 6:34 AM ET, Sun June 2, 2019

"On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed in France to take on Nazi Germany in the Battle of Normandy. Three veterans shared their D-Day memories with CNN ahead of the 75th anniversary. "Band of Brothers" actors Scott Grimes, Michael Cudlitz and Rick Gomez voice their stories in the videos below."

'I slammed into the ground in a real hurry'

'Don't let me die like this,' D-Day vet begged 02:24

Paul Martinez was 16 when World War II broke out. He wanted to be in on the action, but telling the truth about his age would mean sitting on the sidelines for at least another year.

So Martinez walked into the Army recruiting station in San Antonio, Texas, with his older brother's birthdate memorized. He learned paratroopers would definitely be in the fight, and they earned an extra $50 a month, so he signed up immediately. After two years of intense training (and nearly being discharged when the Army found out his real age) he became a member of the brand new 101st Airborne Division.

On June 6, Martinez became one of the youngest men to parachute into Normandy.
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