#MilitaryMonday: #DDay70 – A Final Look

dday Landing ship put cargo ashore at low tide. Beaches are secured by the evening of June 6th. (Photo courtesy of NHHC Photo Archives) #DDay70 dday44 “Say WHAT?!” said Gen. Eisenhower during a review of the crew of USS Quincy (CA 71) in May 1944. Okay, that’s probably not what he said, but in retrospect of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, I thought I’d offer you the chance to put words into the mouth of the Supreme Allied Commander as he visited a ship that would engage the enemy on Utah Beach. But wait there’s more! Quincy had a couple more brushes with history on and following D-Day. At 0537, 6 June 1944, she engaged shore batteries from her station on the right flank of Utah Beach, Baie de la Seine. During the period 6 through 17 June, in conjunction with shore fire control parties and aircraft spotters, Quincy conducted highly accurate pinpoint firing against enemy mobile batteries and concentrations of tanks, trucks, and troops. She also neutralized and destroyed heavy, long range enemy batteries, supported minesweepers operating under enemy fire, engaged enemy batteries that were firing on the crews of the ships USS Corry (DD-463) and Glennon (DD-620) during their efforts to abandon their ships after they had struck mines and participated in the reduction of the town of Quineville on 12 June. dday2 Crash