June 11, 1944

Ten of us including our two families and Carl filled our dugout, eating until we couldn’t sit up, to celebrate June’s 15th birthday, with Peg’s wonderful cooking and Crouter contributions.

At roll call Bernie whispered to me, “If you hear any good news I think you can believe it this time.” Later I heard of a Cherbourg landing of our forces. The New Guinea advance is carrying them 400 miles ahead. Still later we heard the Tribune of June 7 had admitted landings all the way from Le Havre to Cherbourg. At last, at last, the invasion of France from England –many times rumored too soon.