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Operation Overlord and D-Day

Operation Overlord commenced the morning of June 6, 1944 on the beaches of Normandy, France. The mission included forces from the United States, Great Britain, and Canada that invaded the coast by air, land, and sea. It was a pivotal battle which turned the course of World War II in favor of the Allies and is forever known as D-Day.

Wisconsin was there with thousands of men and women in the European Theater. On D-Day, 49 Wisconsinites were killed in action and are noted in the map below with red markers. Blue markers note Wisconsinites that took part in the operation and lived to share their stories. We invite you to explore them.

Map of Wisconsin Veterans Involved with D-Day

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