“Major of Saint Lô,” other Citadel cadets honored at D-Day Memorial
220604-Z-A3554-1001.JPG Photo By: Spc. Rhita Daniel

BEDFORD, Va. - Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and alumni from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, attend a memorial plaque dedication at the National D-Day Memorial June 4, 2022, in Bedford, Virginia. The plaque honors all graduates and former cadets of The Citadel who participated in the Allied D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II, including the Virginia National Guard’s Maj. Thomas D. Howie. Howie served as the 116h Infantry Regiment’s operations officer during the landing, and was later killed while devising a plan to take the town of Saint Lô, earning him the nickname “The Major of Saint Lô.” VNG Soldiers assigned to the Troutville-based 29th Infantry Division Band performed ceremonial music for the event.


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