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Poster presented at the 2023 SWOSU Research and Scholarly Activity fair.

Pictured here is student Marleigh West.

Edward Barnes, a veteran of D-Day, recounted the first time he came across an American soldier that had passed away. Despite the hostile conditions of the invasion, Barnes wrote down the man's name and his dog tag number in the hopes of informing the man's family of his passing. After all, if it had been Barnes who died, he would want his own family to have the peace of knowing that someone would do the same for him. This one act is just a small example of the selflessness the soldiers that were involved in the invasion of Normandy did for each other. Though they were engaged in one of the bloodiest battles in history, and would have to commit acts that many would consider heinous, they did not lose their humanity.


SWOSU Research, Research fair, History, D-day, World War II, WWII, Humanity, Kindness, Empathy