NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Eighty-nine-year-old Roland Chaisson was a 19-year-old corporal on D-Day when Germans killed half his squad before they could reach shore.
Chaisson is among D-Day veterans who will describe that day Friday and Saturday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. More than 15 hours of observances are planned Friday, the invasion's 70th anniversary.
Museum history chief Keith Huxen will speak at an "H-hour" opening ceremony at 6:30 a.m. Friday. If the invasion had failed, he says, there was no "Plan B."
The museum has a full schedule both days. It includes rare tours of the museum's rebuilt Higgins boat - craft that brought troops near the Normandy shore.
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