The Forgotten Soldier

Of the 2nd Wave on D-day

Fawn Zwickel

This is a story of what happened to a man who was a sergeant of a twelve man squad in the second wave of the D-day invasion, Omaha Beach, June 6th, 1944. Less a story of combat, more a story of what happened to the man, Sgt. Daniel Altman who landed on Omaha Beach with his squad and fought its way off Omaha Beach into France, across the Siegfried Line, into the Hurtgen Forest and on to the Battle of the Bulge. Then finally as part of the guard unit at Camp Ashcan and the Prison at Nuremberg guarding high ranking Nazi's such as Hermann Goering, Joachim Von Ribbentrop and others. Sergeant Altman, because of his war record and Jewish faith, was chosen as part of a five man unit to visit notorious concentration camps at Dachau, Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald and Auschwitz to make reports for the Prosecution Attorney for the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. He returned home to his wife in Newark, New Jersey on December 15, 1945.

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