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Herman Zeitchik, Geraldine Lohman Corn, and Eli Linden at the start of the commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of D-Day at the National World War II Memorial. All three are World War II veterans. Zeitchik was part of the first wave in the Normandy invasion and helped liberate Dachau Concentration Camp. Corn cared for the wounded back from duty in the Pacific. Linden - who landed on Omaha Beach three weeks after D-Day - spent five months as a POW.
Herman Zeitchik, Geraldine Lohman Corn, and Eli Linden at the start of the commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of D-Day at the National World War II Memorial. All three are World War II veterans. Zeitchik was part of the first wave in the Normandy invasion and helped liberate Dachau Concentration Camp. Corn cared for the wounded back from duty in the Pacific. Linden - who landed on Omaha Beach three weeks after D-Day - spent five months as a POW. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Herman Zeitchik, Geraldine Lohman Corn, and Eli Linden at the start of the commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of D-Day at the National World War II Memorial. All three are World War II veterans. Zeitchik was part of the first wave in the Normandy invasion and helped liberate Dachau Concentration Camp. Corn cared for the wounded back from duty in the Pacific. Linden - who landed on Omaha Beach three weeks after D-Day - spent five months as a POW.
Herman Zeitchik, Geraldine Lohman Corn, and Eli Linden at the start of the commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of D-Day at the National World War II Memorial. All three are World War II veterans. Zeitchik was part of the first wave in the Normandy invasion and helped liberate Dachau Concentration Camp. Corn cared for the wounded back from duty in the Pacific. Linden - who landed on Omaha Beach three weeks after D-Day - spent five months as a POW. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Herman Zeitchik waves to the crowd gathered for the 73rd D-Day commemoration at the World War II Memorial on June 6, 2017. Zeitchik served with the 4th Infantry Division Field Artillery and took part in the Nromandy Invasion on June 6, 1944. He was part of the first wave, landing on Utah Beach at H-Hour. He also took part inthe Liberation of Paris and the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp.
Herman Zeitchik waves to the crowd gathered for the 73rd D-Day commemoration at the World War II Memorial on June 6, 2017. Zeitchik served with the 4th Infantry Division Field Artillery and took part in the Nromandy Invasion on June 6, 1944. He was part of the first wave, landing on Utah Beach at H-Hour. He also took part inthe Liberation of Paris and the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Geraldine Lohman Corn waves to the crowd at the commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of D-Day. Corn was a Navy nurse on the home front, caring for wounded back from duty in the Pacific.
Geraldine Lohman Corn waves to the crowd at the commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of D-Day. Corn was a Navy nurse on the home front, caring for wounded back from duty in the Pacific. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Harry Miller stands for the crowd during the 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017.  Miller served the 740th Tank Battalion, taking part in the Battle of the Bulge. He also served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Harry Miller stands for the crowd during the 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017. Miller served the 740th Tank Battalion, taking part in the Battle of the Bulge. He also served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Presentation of the Colors during the 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017.
Presentation of the Colors during the 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017.
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Two servicemembers salute during the 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017,
Two servicemembers salute during the 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017, (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017.
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017.
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017.
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
Col. Arnald Gabriel, left, after the 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the National World War II Memorioal on June 6, 2017.
Col. Arnald Gabriel, left, after the 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the National World War II Memorioal on June 6, 2017. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017.
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017.
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017.
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017.
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017.
The 73rd commemoration of D-Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

WASHINGTON — They served in some of the most horrific battles of World War II.

One took part in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. Another fought in the Battle of Okinawa.

The veterans, some using canes and wheelchairs, gathered for the 73rd anniversary of D-Day at a commemoration ceremony Tuesday at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Though some needed help, the veterans stood for the crowd as their names were called. They were treated as celebrities after the wreath laying, as boy scouts and visitors rushed to them to ask questions and thank them for their service.

In attendance were:

Herman Zeitchik: Served with the 4th Infantry Division Field Artillery. He took part in the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944, landing on Utah Beach in the first wave at H-Hour. He also took part in the liberation of Paris and the liberation of Dachau concentration camp.Geraldine Lohman Corn: A Navy nurse on the home front, she cared for the wounded as they made it back from duty in the Pacific.Eli Linden: Landed at Omaha Beach three weeks after D-Day as a replacement with the 90th Infantry Division. He joined Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army as part of the forward scout team. He spent five months as a prisoner of war before he was liberated by the Russians in May, 1945.Bill Walsh: Served with the Army's 2nd Infantry DivisionHarry Miller: Served with the Army's 740th Tank Battalion, and took part in the Battle of the Bulge. He also served in the Korean War in Gen. Douglas MacArthur's headquarters. Lastly, he served in the Air Force during Vietnam at Strategic Air Command. Jim Riffe: Participated in the Battle of Okinawa. He entered the Army in 1942 as a private, and retired in 1972 as a colonel. During his career he was the leader of an infantry platoon, the commander of an infantry rifle company, and an intelligence officer and plans and operations officer of an infantry battalion.Col. Arnald Gabriel: Served as a combat machine gunner with the Army's 29th Infantry Division in Europe, and was part of D-Day. He was also the commander and conducter of the US Air Force Band, US Air Force Symphony Orchestra, and Singing Sergeants from 1964 to 1985. tibbetts.meredith@stripes.com Twitter: @mjtibbs

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