Bert Chandler — D‑Day Hero

Posted May 27, 2019 at 5:48 am by

Bert Chandler - Contributed photo

In the San Juan Update mail­bag today, we have this very spe­cial note from Cheri Hancock…

My father, Bert Chan­dler, is one of the last remain­ing Amer­i­can D‑Day heroes. He was in the first wave of boats to hit Oma­ha Beach on June 6, 1944. (Army, 1st Divi­sion AKA the “Big Red One”, 16th Regiment).

Dad is one of the last sur­vivors who actu­al­ly came ashore on D‑Day. He pro­ceed­ed to fight through France and was wound­ed in the Bat­tle of the Bulge. He was award­ed the Pur­ple Heart along with oth­er medals for his ser­vice. In 2016 he also received the French Legion of Honor.

This year, for the 75th anniver­sary of D‑Day, my dad and I are return­ing to Nor­mandy where he will be an hon­ored guest at sev­er­al events. He will return to Fri­day Har­bor with me on June 11 and stay through Father’s Day. My dad is 97.

I just thought I’d let you know in case you think this would be of inter­est to our fel­low islanders.

Cheri Han­cock — Min­er­al Point

Thank you for your ser­vice Bert. And thanks also to all those who made the ulti­mate sac­ri­fice for their country.

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  1. Your father is a good and amaz­ing man. I am proud that he is rep­re­sent­ing all of the men who fought there.

    Comment by Laura Jo Severson on May 27, 2019 at 8:26 am
  2. Rotary Club of San Juan Islands has the hon­or of hear­ing Bert Chan­dler’s amaz­ing sto­ry on June 12th, a guest of Rotar­i­an and son-in-law, Bill Hancock.

    Comment by Carla Wright on May 28, 2019 at 9:38 am

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