This is in response to the letter written by Lawrence Wilson, who wrote to remember the sacrifices of all the World War II veterans.
You asked what compelled us to serve our country. I can only speak for myself but for me it was my high school graduation. We were sitting on the stage facing the audience, in straight back chairs, and several of the chairs were vacant, draped with the American flag to commemorate those already serving. This motivated me to enlist in the Navy. At the time I never realized that one year to the day of my graduation I would be landing on the sands of Omaha Beach. I spent 12 hours of that day on a disabled landing craft and had a front-row seat to the carnage, which I can never put into words.
For my part I have spoken to local history classes about my experiences, and they seem very grateful. This is all I can do. Thank you for your interest.
John E. Tourville Sr.