From Omaha to Utah

 « Geert made our trip to Normandy an experience we will cherish and remember for  the rest of our lives.  He made it possible for my uncle Ed to finally receive the respect and honor he deserves . Geert was also able to trace Ed’s steps through Normandy, making his war experience come alive for us all and giving Ed the closure he needed.  We cannot thank Geert enough for everything he did for Ed and my family.»

Mary Kay Brown, niece of Sgt. Edward Sobzcyk

Sgt. Edward Sobzcyk of Omaha, Nebraska found himself spearheading the allied invasion on Utah Beach in the early morning hours of 6 June 1944 as a member of Company M, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He escaped death when a German sniper bullet ricochet merely scraped the skin off his forehead but his luck ran out on 24 June 1944 when he was badly wounded by German artillery near Tourlaville. Ed would return to the battlefield and ended the war in Germany on VE-Day earning 2 Purple Hearts and Bronze Star.

1609716_10202290584446929_6480676871112166618_nEdward Sobzcyk and family after recieving an official diploma from the curator of the Utah Beach Museum, making Ed an honorary citizen of the town of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and Utah Beach.

10174862_10202290589207048_7841751857201740856_nEdward Sobczyck looking out over Cherbourg from Hill 140 on the outskirts of Tourlaville where he was wounded by German artillery fire on 24 June 1944