An Military veteran from Texas who landed on Omaha Seashore on D-Day with 900 males below his command has died on the age of 100.
Sgt. Maj. Robert Blatnik died Saturday, in keeping with CBS 11 Dallas.
Blatnik was 93 when he returned in 2013 to Omaha Seashore stopping on the precise spot the place he landed on June 6, 1944, the station reported.
“Oh pricey Father thanks for having saved my life,” he stated as he acquired down on his palms and knees on the hallowed floor.
He provided extra prayers for many who misplaced their lives that day, together with greater than 500 of his males.
“On the seashore, the artillery and smoke have been in every single place,” Blatnik stated in 2009. “It was chaos throughout us. I did not even see any small arms fireplace from the Germans, simply our bodies and bombs going off in every single place.”
Blatnik, who served below Gen. George S. Patton, within the notorious 1st Infantry Division, nicknamed “Large Pink One,” stated his expertise helped preserve him alive.
“I knew that the principle factor to do was to get off the seashore,” he stated. “A few of the males needed to dig in. If you’re on a seashore the principle factor to do is confront the enemy. You’ll be able to’t dig in throughout one thing like that; you’ve got go to get the hell off the seashore. When you attempt to dig in you are misplaced, so I attempted to maintain my males shifting ahead.”