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June 07, 2013

An Artist At D-Day

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Children's book author and artist Ashley Bryan was a stevedore in the the Battle of Normandy. He remembers: “We were on the ships with the equipment  that  they would need in order to go further. We had the ammunition, the tanks, the trucks, we had the food, the clothes, we had everything that would back up if they got a grip." 

Ashley kept a sketchbook in his gas mask throughout the war. He says  “When I climbed down into the landing craft, my sketchbook was out, I was sketching men climbing down the ladder. And when we were on the beach I was drawing the men in the foxholes.” Even when he had a chance to sleep, Ashley chose instead to draw his fellow soldiers at rest.

Some of those sketches are part of a new book,Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickels, America’s First Black Paratroopers. 

See more of Ashley Bryan's artwork here

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"I Don't Recall" by Lavender Diamond and "Notes" by Elliot Brood

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