NBC Evening News for Friday, Jun 01, 1984
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(Studio) President Reagan noted scheduled to participate in D-Day anniversary ceremonies next week
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Normandy, France) Paratrooper Harrison Sommers' heroism during D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, examined; delay in recognition of his valor explained. World War 11 films, photos shown. [Vet. Roy NICKRENT - praises Sommers' actions as incredible.] Details of Sommers' feat outlined. [101st Airborne Div. Association spokesperson Bob O'CONNELL - notes evidence of Sommers' heroism.] General Maxwell Taylor, Sommers' commander at the time, reported criticizing bureaucracy's failure to recognize Sommers fully. [O'CONNELL - reads Taylor's letter to Pentagon.] Sommers' death from cancer last year reported.
REPORTER: Jim Bittermann
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