D-day veteran shares memories of storming Normandy beaches, liberating camp

Irving Locker was only 19 when he was called up to fight in World War II. He’d never even left his village in New Jersey. So when he stormed the Normandy beaches with 150,000 of his fellow soldiers, June 6, 1944 became the most important day of his life. The young Jewish American landed at Utah Beach and went on to play a part in the liberation of the Gardelegen Concentration Camp, about 100 miles west of Berlin. Locker will shortly turn 100 and is making what might be his last trip to France to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day. Our correspondent Fanny Allard met with him in Florida before he left. This is his story.

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