Thu, 07 Jun 2018 02:07:54 +0000Veteran recalls DdayVeteran recalls Ddayhttp://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12495/7367379?cpt=8&wpid=2637WFFTjail. it's been seventy four years since troops invaded normandy. on this d-day anniversary one local veteran who was there is talking to fox 55 about his experience.fox 55's hunter petroviak joins us now live from the control room.hunter? melea,gene cogan was only twenty years old on d-day.he's now ninety five but still remembers many things from his time serving. main street in avilla is lined with american flags..not too far from here is where you'll find gene cogan...cogan served in world war two when he was just twenty years old. he remembers many details including what their captain told them before the invasion on d-day."he said, everybody will write a letter home. he said, i don't need to tell you that for some of you this is going to be the last letter you'll write."cogan was first scout for his group meaning he would lead the troops down the gangplank cogan was 20 days into the war when he injury from enemy fire."just as i knelt down i saw a german soldier no more than twenty feet away from me and he had is riffle up aimed at me and before i could swing around and get mine he got me across the back."cogan eventually was rescued and spent many months recovering in the hospital from that injury as well as another shot to the hip.cogan says he was thankful to make it home but says one thing he took him was the bond from serving with the other military members."being in the service itself i made a lot of friends. and they're all gone today. but i kept that friendship. most of them got back and i kept communicating with them." cogan says he's visted france four times since the war..he says the people of normandy were very friendly and thankful for what took place. reporting live from the control room.. hunter petroviak, fox 55 news.