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Today in World War II History—26 May 1944

Patient being loaded into plane for air evacuation, Nettuno, Italy, June 1944 (US Army Office of Medical History)

Patient being loaded into plane for air evacuation, Nettuno, Italy, June 1944 (US Army Office of Medical History)

75 Years Ago—26 May 1944: Gen. Mark Clark makes controversial decision to send the US Fifth Army toward Rome rather than to Valmontone to cut off the retreating Germans.

Countdown to D-day: Assembly of D-day assault forces in southern England is complete.

All rail bridges across the Seine north of Paris have been knocked out by Allied pre-invasion air raids and will remain so for 30 days.

US 802nd Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron begins air evacuation from Anzio-Nettuno.