This year marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France.
In honor of that day, we are sharing stories of World War Two survivors as D-Day holds a significance in our region.
Carroll Swain, Sr. is 91-years-old and was in the last draft that left Roanoke in 1946 for the war.
The war was over, but he says being drafted into the Army as a teenager helped him become a man.
Especially after seeing the destruction and devastation left behind.
“Where I was located in Italy was almost totally destroyed, people were hungry, people were dirty, people had no place to stay. They were staying under makeshift metal containers. And the hunger is something that impressed me such at that time that even right now, I try the best that I can each month to make contributions to some food giving area where they give food to people who need it. I mean that is the mark it has made on my life and I’ve done it since,” said Swain.
But Swain’s biggest battle was improving race relations.
He was one of many soldiers who helped present a six-hour instruction package to the department of defense.