Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a World War II cemetery located in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. It honors American troops, who died in Europe during World War II.

We heard many different languages spoken there.

German Gun Battery at La Pointe de Néville in Normandy

From Spain to Norway, Hitler had created an “Atlantic Wall”, composed of defensive fortifications, such as this gun battery at La Pointe de Néville.

Most of the gun emplacements were destroyed.

Beach at La Pointe in Néville
Entrance to a bunker in Néville
Part of the gun battery at Néville
Gun battery ceiling at Néville

Our next stop was the Gatteville Le Phare, which, at 71m in height, is the tallest lighthouse in France. It takes 365 stairs to reach the top, which is better suited to the sturdy traveler.

Mainberg Castle in Germany in the 1940s

These photos were contributed by Susan Panioli and her sister Lorraine O’Dell, the daughters of Veteran Leroy F. O’Dell, who served with the 313th Infantry and the 79th Division during WWII in France, Germany, Belgium, and Czechoslovakia.

Leroy F. O’Dell

Susan believes the photos were taken of Mainberg Castle by her father sometime between September 1944 and May 1946. Leroy was also wounded during the war and received the Purple Heart. He’s now 93 years of age (born 16 May, 1925), and is living in a nursing home in upstate NY, USA.


I’m in the process of finding someone who can identify and verify the location of these photos.

Edited on 14 June 2018: I just got word from the expert himself – these photos were indeed taken at Mainberg Castle. (Source: Thomas Horling, Mainberg Castle Historian)

 

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