Listen: 16 WWII veterans cross Atlantic to commemorate 75th anniversary of D-Day
"Sixteen World War, Two veterans are in France on this Memorial Day, marking the seventy fifth anniversary of d day. The battle of Normandy, they shared their painful memories with CBS's, Wendy Gillette before departing. The bullets all around the phone. My name nearly seventy five years ago. Frank davita landed on Omaha beach in Normandy, France on d day and witnessed his comrades falling around him. Why am I alive? What? No had a guilty conscience. He was just nineteen years old today. He's ninety four he only started talking about what he witnessed five years ago in nineteen twenty years old. Too young to drink. With two young vote. But they weren't that ninety nine year old Steve Melnikov also survived the invasion that began the liberation of western Europe from the Nazis. He was shot in the neck eleven days later but after treatment return to fight. I'm a combat infantryman I was there at the beginning. I wish did the whole time I was there at the end of the war. I was in combat two hundred thirty five days. They're part of a group of sixteen World War, Two veterans sailing aboard the Queen Mary two. This week veterans are traveling from Brooklyn, New York to England on their seven-night transatlantic journey the men will head to Normandy to take part in events to Mark the seventy fifth anniversary of d day on June six and honor, the more than four hundred thousand Americans who died in the war, people say them hero. I'm not a hero. I says those guys the grave that my here was they gave their life their country. Day may not consider themselves heroes, but the greatest generation fought to secure freedom for generations to come"