The second Villages Honor Flight of 2019 was set to take off early this morning, taking 40 area veterans to visit memorials in and around Washington, D.C. The timing of the flight coincides with a major anniversary in military history. Those on the Honor Flight will return from their trip early Thursday morning. That will be 75 years to the hour that men were preparing to land in France for the invasion of Europe. Rocky Pyle, of Spring Hill, is one of those participating in this Honor Flight. He was training in the United States at the time of D-Day, but was later sent to England as part of the 66th Infantry Division. The division was being moved to France in November 1944, when its ship, the Leopoldville, was sunk by a German U-boat. The unit had been scheduled to go to Belgium but, after the loss of more than 700 officers and men in the submarine attack, it was sent to the area around the St. Nazaire U-boat pens in France. The unit that had been there was sent to Belgium in place of the 66th.
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