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Today in World War II History—2 May 1944

Ted Williams being sworn in to the military, 22 May 1942 (US Marine Corps photo)

Ted Williams being sworn in to the military, 22 May 1942 (US Marine Corps photo)

75 Years Ago—2 May 1944: Countdown to D-day: British teacher Leonard Dawe publishes crossword puzzle in Daily Telegraph using Operation Overlord code word “Utah”; over the next month his puzzles will also contain the words “Omaha,” “Mulberry,” “Overlord,” and “Neptune”—he’s placed under MI5 investigation but is cleared.

Baseball player Ted Williams (Boston Red Sox) earns wings & commission as Marine Corps pilot.