25 years agoJune 6, 1989
In the early morning darkness on an airstrip 20 miles north or Reading, England, 45 years ago today, Corporal Fran Redmond helped paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne board airplanes and gliders. Soon they would be dropping out of the sky into German-occupied France as the vanguard of the Allied Invasion of Europe, D-Day.
“We didn’t know what was going on, but they did,” said Redmond, a Sidney resident, who was attached to the 37th Squadron of the 53rd Troop carrier Wing. “They had been working the hell out of them and they were in top shape.”
All told, 1,500 paratroopers jumped behind enemy lines a few hours before the main invasion.
There aren’t many veterans left who remember those days. Many have died. Most of the surviving D-Day vets are in their 60s and 70s. This week seven area veterans shared their memories of the parts they played in the final assault on Hitler’s Fortress Europe.
50 years agoJune 6, 1964
St. Mary’s School students mixed cookies, cake and candy with imitation Beatles this week and came up with an $86.60 donation to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library Fund in Cambridge, Mass.
Sister Mary Rosarrii, principal, said the idea started last week in the fifth grade as a classroom study-exercise in patriotism.
But soon, enthusiasm for the idea swept the school and a regular program of events had to be scheduled for this week, with the fifth grade in charge.
“The students made their money by such activities as selling chances on cakes and selling cupcakes, cookies and other goodies,” the sister reported.
Then Thursday, a group of eighth graders decided they wanted to wrap up the week with a special project of their own—a sing fest, Beatle style.Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.