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Portraits of Normandy: U.S. veterans return 75 years after D-day

A group of U.S. veterans, all in their 90s, returned to Normandy, France, for the 75th anniversary of the D-day landings at the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Paris-based photographer Kiran Ridley made portraits of the veterans as they attended ceremonies commemorating the June 6, 1944, amphibious invasion, which according to historical estimates killed 2,501 Americans.

Raymond Wallace, 94, Pennsylvania, 507th PIR 82nd Airborne Division
Raymond Wallace, 94, Pennsylvania, 507th PIR 82nd Airborne Division. Kiran Ridley / For The Times

D-DAY VETERANS, FRANCE - MAY 23: Clifford Goodall (93 yrs old), 7th Naval Beach Battalion, at the Am
Clifford Goodall, 93, Illinois, 7th Naval Beach Battalion. Kiran Ridley / For The Times

D-DAY VETERANS, FRANCE - MAY 23: George Shenkle (97 yrs old), 508 PIR 82nd Airborne Division, at the
George Shenkle, 97, Pennsylvania, 508 PIR 82nd Airborne Division. Kiran Ridley / For The Times

D-DAY VETERANS, FRANCE - MAY 23: Fernando Torres (97 yrs old), 17th Signal Battalion A Company, at t
Fernando Torres, 97, California, 17th Signal Battalion A Company. Kiran Ridley / For The Times

D-DAY VETERANS, FRANCE - JUNE 5: Loren Kissick (94 yrs old), from Washington State, U.S. Army, 83rd
Loren Kissick, 94, Washington state, U.S. Army, 83rd Infantry Division, 483rd Automatic Weapon Battalion. Kiran Ridley / For The Times

D-DAY VETERANS, FRANCE - JUNE 5: Dennis Thompson (96 yrs old), a former B-24 and B-17 bomber pilot,
Dennis Thompson, 96, U.S. Army Air Forces B-24 and B-17 bomber pilot, who flew over 30 missions, including on D-day. Kiran Ridley / For The Times


D-DAY VETERANS, FRANCE - JUNE 5: Harold Himmelsbach (94 yrs old), 9th USAAF, 123rd Quartermaster Tru
Harold Himmelsbach, 94, Califonia, 9th USAAF, 123rd Quartermaster Truck Company Aviation. Kiran Ridley / For The Times

D-DAY VETERANS, FRANCE - JUNE 6: Clifford Stump (95 yrs old), from Texas, a former member of the 82
Clifford Stump, 95, Texas, 82nd Airborne Division. Kiran Ridley / For The Times

D-DAY VETERANS, FRANCE - JUNE 5: K.T Robbins (98 yrs old), from Mississippi, a former member of the
K.T Robbin, 98, Mississippi, U.S. Army, 95th Quartermaster Bakery Battalion. Kiran Ridley / For The Times

D-DAY VETERANS, FRANCE - JUNE 6: Willard LaCounte (96 yrs old), from Montana, a former member of the
Willard LaCounte, 96, Montana, 18th anti-aircraft division attached to the 9th Air Corps. Kiran Ridley / For The Times

D-DAY VETERANS, FRANCE - JUNE 5: Harold McMurran (95 yrs old), from Alabama, U.S. Army, 546th Field
Harold McMurran, 95, Alabama, U.S. Army 546th Field Artillary Battalion. Kiran Ridley / For The Times

D-DAY VETERANS, FRANCE - JUNE 5: Stan Friday (95 yrs old), from Pennsylvania, U.S. Army, 80th Infant
Stan Friday, 95, Pennsylvania, U.S. Army, 80th Infantry Division. Kiran Ridley / For The Times

D-DAY VETERANS, FRANCE - JUNE 6: Ernie Lamson (97 yrs old), from Minnesota, photographed at the Amer
Ernie Lamson. 97, Minnesota, A Company, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. Kiran Ridley / For The Times


D-DAY VETERANS, FRANCE - JUNE 6: Joe Reily (98 yrs old), a member of the 101st Airbourne 501 divisio
Joe Reily, 98, Wisconsin, 101st Airborne Division. Kiran Ridley / For The Times

D-DAY VETERANS, FRANCE - JUNE 6: Jake Larson (96 yrs old), from Martinez in California, a member of
Jake Larson, 96, California, V Corps 1st and 29th division. Kiran Ridley / For The Times

D-DAY VETERANS, FRANCE - JUNE 6: Floyd Wingate (100 yrs old), from Maryland, a former member of the
Floyd Wigfield, 101, Maryland, 22nd Infantry, 4th division. Kiran Ridley / For The Times

D-DAY VETERANS, FRANCE - JUNE 6: Joe Schida (97 yrs old), from Pennsylvania, a member of the Amphibi
Joe Scida, 97, Pennsylvania, a member of the Amphibious division who landed at Omaha Beach. Kiran Ridley / For The Times

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