D-Day's 75th anniversary brings a gallery of stories.
Most who served and died in the Normandy invasion of June 6, 1944 remain unknown heroes.
Those who survived to remember make up a distinguished gallery.
Some were already famous: Henry Fonda. Atlanta golfer Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones, at age 44 one of the oldest men who served on that long and violent day.
New Yorker writer A.J. Liebling gave the magazine's readers a three-part account of the invasion. The United Press's Walter Cronkite landed in a glider behind German lines with the 101st Airborne. Later, he joined Edward R. Morrow's CBS News. Robert Capa took famous photos of the invasion's early moments.
Some found fame after the war. Soldier J.D. Salinger carried parts of "The Catcher in the Rye" in his backpack when he hit the beach. He later joined Liebling in the club of famous New Yorker writers.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti's experience made him a pacifist poet and publisher. He recently celebrated his 100th birthday.
Andy Rooney joined Cronkite at CBS News and delivered acerbic commentaries for "60 Minutes." Charles Durning, David Niven and Alec Guinness went on to stellar acting careers.
Larry "Yogi" Berra led the New York Yankees to 10 World Series championships.
All remembered D-Day as the most memorable experience of their lives.