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D-day Doyle (USCG)

Early on D-Day, several U.S. destroyers exchanged fire with German artillery atop cliffs just east of Omaha Beach, a scene likely depicted in Coast Guard combat artist H. B. Vestal’s watercolor of the USS Doyle. At 1100 the destroyer was 800 yards off Omaha’s Easy Red, knocking out German machine-gun emplacements and casemates. (U.S. COAST GUARD HISTORICAL ARTIFACT COLLECTION, 2008.0103 via US Naval Institute)

Early on D-Day, several U.S. destroyers exchanged fire with German artillery atop cliffs just east of Omaha Beach, a scene likely depicted in Coast Guard combat artist H. B. Vestal’s watercolor of the USS Doyle. At 1100 the destroyer was 800 yards off Omaha’s Easy Red, knocking out German machine-gun emplacements and casemates. (U.S. COAST GUARD HISTORICAL ARTIFACT COLLECTION, 2008.0103 via US Naval Institute)

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