On Bloody Red

« We were fortunate to be able to work with Normandy Heroes to help us retrace my father’s footsteps. The resources Geert was able to call upon were impressive as he put together our itinerary for the day. Geert was professional, had done his homework, and his ability to talk to locals who told their stories of those days in 1944 was a highlight to the day’s tour. My only regret was that we did not spend a second day with Geert.»
                                                                                                                                     Mike Gervasi, son of SSgt. Frank M. Gervasi
 

SSgt. Frank M. Gervasi served continuously with Company A, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division from North Africa to the end of WWII. On D-Day he came ashore at 7:30 AM among the carnage on Easy Red sector of Omaha Beach. In spite of enemy fire, barbed wire, a tank trap and a dense minefield, SSgt. Gervasi’s group made it off the beach and was arguably among the very first to do so on D-Day. On 28 July 1944 SSgt. Gervasi suffered wounds to the face, back and legs during a German mortar barrage but thankfully none were life threatenening. He would be back in the fight only a few weeks later…

Gervasi FamilyNormandy Heroes arranged for a special visit at the Big Red One Assault Museum where the Gervasi family was welcomed by owner Pierre-Louis Gosselin who threw in several surprises for them.

105_2673At the hamlet of La Hardelière near the town of Cambernon where SSgt. Frank M. Gervasi earned a Purple Heart for wounds sustained on 28 July 1944