The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. During the Normandy invasion, Bedford — a town with about 3,200 residents — lost 23 soldiers, 19 of them on D-Day. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
John covers U.S. military activities across Europe and Africa. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, he previously worked for newspapers in New Jersey, North Carolina and Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.