D-Day — June 6th 1944 — is considered the beginning of the end of World War II.
On that day, 75 years ago, US troops joined Allied forces to storm the beaches of Normandy, France.
101-year-old William Busier of Essex Junction did not land on the beaches of Normandy. But he fought alongside some of the men who did.
“I know the guys that they took from our regiment they were up there,” he recalled Wednesday. “Captain said that I couldn’t go. He kept me because he needed noncoms for the new men coming in, to teach the new men.”
Busier says he enlisted at age 23 and was assigned to 172nd Infantry Medical Detachment before being reassigned to the 106th Infantry Division.
As a rifle platoon sergeant in charge of 42 men, he was sent to Belgium and months later, during the Battle of the Bulge, he and his fellow soldiers were captured by the Germans and remained prisoners of war for over 4 months.