Hastings vet remembers Omaha Beach

World War II Veteran Raymond Rutt looks through the pages
of his scrapbook as he discusses his part in the D-Day landings
on Omaha Beach 70 years ago. Rutt grew up in Campbell and
was part of a gasoline supply company in France and Belgium
during the war.

Many wonder what Omaha Beach was like on D-Day. Raymond Rutt will never forget.

Rutt, now 96, was one of the many who stormed onto Omaha Beach in the D-Day invasion of 1944. D-Day started on June 6, 1944, but Rutt didn’t touch land until June 8.

He said the beach was “still hell two days into the fight.”

With today being the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Rutt took a few moments this week to share his experiences while sitting in his east Hastings home.

Rutt, a farm boy from Campbell and an Army private first class in 1944, was part of the 3820th Gas Supply Company. It was about the only gas station on Omaha Beach after a foothold was established. Rutt served officially as a light truck driver in the Army from January 1943 until January 1946.

“Five-gallon gas cans. That’s how we hauled gasoline at the front lines. We had to fill all those damn cans,” Rutt said. “We had to furnish all the gas for everybody.”

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