Walter Wesolaski


Bryan Molina


D-Day was originally planned for it to be on June 5, 1944.  D-Day stands for the day the attack took place. The allied troops took a long time in planning this attack - about two years.  They also took a lot of time to prepare themselves for the attack on Hitler and the Nazis.  When the allied troops arrived at Normandy, France they had about 150,000 soldiers, 5,000 ships and 11,000 airplanes.  This attack on Hitler and the Nazis was one of the biggest land, sea and air attacks ever.

On June 6, 1944,  the allied troops invaded France.  This was called D-Day.  Out of all those thousands of soldiers there was one soldier that I decided to do my interview on.  He survived D-day.  His name is Walter J. Wesolaski Sr.  He was born in 1921.  He went to the war at the age of 21 in 1942.

In World War II Walter J. Wesolaski Sr served as a mechanic.  He was also an infantry man.  He fought in Germany, France and Belgium.  He was also in D-Day.  He was on the first wave of soldiers that landed on Normandy Beach.  

The soldiers had to carry a lot of things with them.  The average weight of a regular soldier's backpack was 70 pounds. That is a lot of weight for someone to carry and on top of that they had to walk a lot.  The soldiers carried with them rifles, canteens, grenades, headgear and gloves, a machete, a compass, an automatic rifle and a message book.  When Walter J. Wesolaski Sr and the other allied troops arrived at Normandy Beach, the Nazis started shooting at him and the other allied troops.  He could feel the heat of the bullets that were shot go through his face.  He and the other allied troops tried to dodge the bullets, but for some it didn't work.  They got shot and passed away.  

Some soldiers dug in the sand to prevent getting shot at, but  there were sometimes land mines and it would sometimes blow up on them.  Walter J. Wesolaski Sr. saw a lot of the soldiers and his friends  get shot and killed right before his eyes by the Nazis.  Walter J. Wesolaski Sr  was the only soldier from his troop to survive.    

When it was all over and they stopped shooting, Walter J. Wesolaski Sr described the ocean water as crimson red from all the blood from the soldiers that were shot and killed. This must have been sad.  To witness your friends and other soldiers get shot and killed is tough.  The soldiers that died, died for a reason, they fought for the United States of America.  They protected it and wanted other people to be safe.  Walter J. Wesolaski asked himself how he survived D-Day.  He thought to himself and figured out that God had saved him.

France was now free from Hitler and his rule.