On June 6th, 2019 the nation will pause to remember those who were lost on D-Day in World War Two.
As we get closer to that anniversary, WFXR is are honoring veterans by sharing their memories.
D-Day wasn’t a significant day for Charles Faulconer but it would change his life from that day forward.
“After D-Day they started drafting. They drafted 4 guys out of high school, I signed up on my birthday, drafted me in August,” said Faulconer.
In August, 1944 the then 18-year-old from Monroe joined the service, went to basic training then straight to the front lines. Facing the enemy first-hand.
“I got wounded at night, didn’t find me til the next day,” said Faulconer.
Charles says a shrapnel hit him in nine places, breaking and tearing parts of his body. But he was lucky, he survived while 40 others did not in that explosion.
His injuries, the reason behind his medals.
“That’s how I got this French Legion of Honor medal, to be a hero. A French man named Marie told me I was fighting for my life longer than they were on the front lines. I just couldn’t believe it, I really didn’t know if I deserved it or not. I was young wasn’t but 18-19 when this picture was taken,” said Faulconer.
Medals he treasures and can look to for reflection.
He also visits the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
“Been to several museums, think this was the greatest, not because I live near it but I think it’s one of the greatest. Really gets down to the bottom of it. Some of the others get a little high class, above me,” said Faulconer.
A place where all veterans can come together every year.
But this year even more special being the 75th anniversary, most likely one of the last times many of them will be able to return.
“It’s hard to believe. There’s more World War II veterans right here that I’ve seen anywhere. I can’t believe it – cause I think, I don’t think anything about it. And my age, I can’t believe I’m 92,” said Faulconer.