June 6th, 1944 - 22 year-old Frank L. Kennard lands on Omaha Beach
D-Day Journal includes letters from Lieutenant Frank L. Kennard who wrote home before and after he led a Ranger cannon platoon and landed on Omaha Beach the morning of D-Day, June 6th, 1944.
A first-hand account from the second Ranger Battalion
"It was hard to believe that there was a war on."
The Untold Story of a U.S. Ranger on Omaha Beach
At the age of 22, Lieutenant Frank L. Kennard led a Ranger cannon platoon and landed on Omaha Beach the morning of D-Day, June 6th, 1944. His equipment and half his men were wiped out that day. Improvising with seven remaining men, Kennard made it to his objective at Pointe du Hoc.
“D-Day Journal” is a fresh firsthand account of Normandy invasion training and D-Day combat experiences written in a journal and in letters home by Kennard. It includes rare, unpublished oral histories with new revelations including vivid descriptions of events from four other heroic D-day soldiers in the 2nd Ranger Battalion.
About the Author
John Kennard is the son of 2nd Ranger Battalion Lt. Frank L. Kennard whose letters are the subject of “D-Day Journal.” Kennard was commissioned a Lieutenant in the US Army Armor Corps. He served in Germany, rose to Captain and went to Vietnam in 1970. In Vietnam, Captain Kennard was a Special Security Officer (SSO) working for five General Officers and one US Ambassador managing their backchannel messages also known as “Eyes Only” messages. He also handled highly classified information from the DIA, CIA and State Department. Kennard earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia. After military service, Kennard earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.
Praise for D-Day Journal
Chris P. Weggeman, Lt Gen, USAF
General Peter J. Schoomaker, USA Ret.
Chief of Staff, United States Army
Col. Robert W. Black author of "The Battalion", "The Ranger Force" and "Rangers in World War II"
Thomas M. Hatfield, Ph.D.
Author of Rudder: From Leader to Legend, College Station, Texas A&M University 2011
C. Roland (Rollie) Stichweh, West Point graduate, 1965
twice named Most Valuable Player in the Army-Navy game; Decorated Combat Veteran