Where Were They on D-Day?

As I watch all the pageantry happening at Buckingham Palace in advance of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, I decided to check out what my father and his family were doing on that historic day—taking care to not spoil my story for anyone who may someday read my book.

While Allied forces prepared to storm the beaches of Normandy, several members of his family were dead, two of his siblings were working in a factory southeast of Moscow awaiting funds to return home, at least one was still in Kuibyshev fighting for survival, and several others were in parts unknown. Dad was still on U.S. soil at Camp Ritchie (Daddy Went to Spy School!), diligently writing letters to the American Red Cross and the State Department in an unrelenting mission to bring his family home.

Within a short time, Dad would be boarding a medical ship, the Jarret M. Huddleston, on the way to England. It was a busy and nerve-wracking time.

About kjw616

I am a genealogy detective. I have already written one book about my Irish family's journey from 19th century Ireland to the United States- a family history sprinkled with personal anecdotes. My second book was intended to be a similar story about my Russian ancestors. Instead, it turned into a tale of just my father's immediate family. It is the tale of what happens when 6 children from New Jersey are moved to the Soviet Union by their Russian-born parents during the Great Depression. It details who lives, who dies, and who is able to return to NJ during a time when leaving the USSR was not an easy endeavor, particularly during World War II and the Cold War. It is my hope that those interested in history during this time period will find this story fascinating as well as those fellow amateur family historians who will learn some of the tools such as ancestry.com, visits to the National Archives, and local libraries I used to uncover this story.
This entry was posted in World War II and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s