Episode 34: Telling the story of a Pennsylvania soldier rescued on D-Day +1

  • Katie Meyer

This week, we’re marking the anniversary of D-Day by investigating a famous photo with a Pennsylvania connection.

For months, WITF News Director Tim Lambert has been unraveling the story behind a scene that happened on Omaha Beach in Normandy 75 years ago. It was immortalized in a picture taken on D-Day +1 — June 7th, 1944. It shows 31-year-old Private First Class Nicholas Russin of Lyndora, Pa. being dragged ashore, clearly half-drowned, under artillery fire.

Tim and a number of historians have been able to figure out the events leading up to that photo, who some of the men pictured were, and what happened to them.

Tim joins us today to explain how he told the story, and why he thinks it’s still important to remember the lessons of D-Day. You can read his full story here.

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