Walter Stille serves proudly during D-Day

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Lt. Walter Duval Stille, Jr.

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Walter Stille Jr. served about the U.S.S. Samuel Chase as the pilot of a landing craft.

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Pictured is the U.S.S. Darke, which is of the type of LVCP landing craft that Lt. Stille used to transport troops to start the D-Day invasion 75 years ago on June 6. 1944.

On June 6, 1944, Many native Walter Duval Stille, Jr., embarked on what was to be one of the United States military’s defining moments, that of storming the beaches of Normandy, France, to begin the systematic dismantling of the Nazi’s grip over Europe.

As a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Stille, known to all simply as Stille (pronounced as “Stilley”) was assigned to the U.S.S. Samuel Chase as the pilot of a landing craft, known as a LVCP or Higgins Boat, on D-Day. To save the soldiers in his boat from drowning when they neared the shores of France he drove the boat directly onto the shore of Omaha Beach and, after his soldiers disembarked for the invasion of France, swam to a neighboring vessel for his return to the Chase some 10 miles away.



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