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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – D Day and 101 Feet

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – D Day and 101 Feet

On June 6, 1944, Lt. Colonel James Earl Rudder led a Battalion of Army Rangers up a cliff of 101 feet under heavy German machine gun fire. Their objective was to take Point du Hoc – a large promontory point separating Omaha and Utah Beaches. At the top of the cliff were six captured French 155mm artillery pieces sitting in open pits and manned by German sharpshooters and machine gun operators.

You can read the details of this crazy and almost suicidal scale straight up a cliff. https://sofrep.com

Rudder and the Rangers captured the artillery which allowed those storming Omaha and Utah Beaches.

How tall is 101 feet? Rudder Tower on the campus of Texas A&M University, named for General Earl Rudder is 101 feet tall.