« My Uncle Alex Cameron was wounded July 17, 1944 near St. Lô while serving with the 35th Division. Geert planned a day-long tour that mixed perfectly visits to the major D-day sites with drives through the beautiful countryside where my uncle was in combat. We had an excellent lunch at a country inn run by a very friendly couple. I am an avid WWII buff and found Geert to be an exceptional D-Day guide. In addition, he provided very useful advice about things to do and places to visit around Bayeux. We wholeheartedly recommend Normandy Heroes for anyone who wants a very special introduction to these hallowed grounds. »Ed Smail, nephew of Pfc. H. Alex Cameron
Herbert Alex Cameron served with I Company, 134th Infantry regiment, 35th Infantry Division and arrived in Normandy about one month after D-Day. One week later he would be wounded during the battle of Saint-Lô somewhere between the strategical Hill 122 and the town of Saint-Georges-Montcoq ending his combat career. He was repatriated to the US for treatment and returned to civilian life after the war. He tragically died in 1954 in an oil-tanker explosion. His nephew, Ed Smail, never had a chance to ask his aunt about Alex’ experiences in the war: » We just didn’t talk about those things in the 60s. Wish we had ». Normandy Heroes helped Ed bring his uncle’s WWII story back to life during his tour.
Ed Smail with his wife and mother-in-law visit to the Madeleine memorial in St. Lô partly dedicated to his uncle’s 35th Infantry Divisions. Mr Michael Yannaghas, at left, is the curator.
A tradition at the American Cemetery is to highlight the letters on the headstones with sand from Omaha Beach. Normandy Heroes had previously identified the grave of TEC5 Jacob Jacoby as that of one of the first men killed in Ed’s uncle’s Company .