"You're loaded with ammunition, so one little
stray bullet in a gas can and away you go."
Arriving on Omaha Beach on June 8, D-Day Plus 2, had
its own dangers for John
Sudyk. For starters, the water
was thick with jellyfish, and the boat nearly hit a mine.
Sudyk’s LST was transporting the 18th Field Artillery
Battalion, who were to help the First Army blast its way
through the German defenses. That also meant that Sudyk
and his men offered a more inviting target as they disembarked.
The 18th soon found itself working with General Patton’s
Third Army and saw action in nearly every major engagement
in the last 11 months of the war in Europe.