6 June, 1944 — France
WWII - D-Day on Normandy Beach, 6 June, 1944. Private Ray Fagan was there! UTAH BEACH
In 1943 Ray joined the Army and was shipped to England on January 26, 1944 as a member of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, known as the Ivy Division, spending four months of training at Slapton Sands near Devon practicing amphibious techniques and rehearsing for D-Day. He participated in the June 6, 1944 D-Day Normandy Invasion landing on Utah Beach in Manche, France. During the last week of August of 1944 Ray participated in the Liberation of Paris. In early November of 1944 the 4th moved into the Huertgen Forest, and then moved through the Ardenns into Bastogne, Belgium where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Ray was injured in Belgium and received the PURPLE HEART.
The 4th Infantry Division ("Ivy Division") is a modular division of the United States Army based at Fort Carson, Colorado. It is composed of four organic infantry and heavy brigade combat teams. It is one of the most technically advanced and tactically proficient divisions in the United States Army.
The 4th Infantry Division's official nickname, "Ivy", is a play on words of the Roman numeral IV or 4. Ivy leaves also symbolize tenacity and fidelity which is the basis of the division's motto: "Steadfast and Loyal". The second nickname, "Iron Horse", has been recently adopted to indicate the speed and power of the division and its soldiers. "STEADFAST and LOYAL"
THE 4th Infantry Division claimed being the first surface-borne Allied unit to hit the beaches at Normandy on D-day, 6 June 1944.