D-Day survivors share stories to honor those who didn't survive



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Posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 6:24 PM

CHEHALIS, Wash. -- Three men who survived D-Day and the years since shared war stories with a packed house at the Veterans Memorial Museum.

Friday marked the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of France on June 6, 1944.

"The day means we were more powerful than the Germans," said George Narozonick, who lives in Lewis County.

He was on a Navy ship that helped deliver soldiers to Omaha Beach.

"I cried my eyes out because I wanted to be there," said Narozonick.

An arthritic leg prevented him from going to Normandy to take part in the anniversary service in France.

"We worked our tails off over there on that invasion," said Don Worthley, who was a mechanic.

He told attendees in Chehalis about making fun of German prisoners of war in a stockade set up on Omaha Beach.

"We would walk past them, put our fingers under our nose, use our left hand and say 'Heil Hitler," Worthley told the audience. "I don't think the Germans appreciated that."

Worthley and Narozonick enjoy speaking about their experiences because they fear the significance of D-Day will be forgotten when they pass on.

"It's being forgotten every day," said Narozonick.

"Some of my nieces and nephews don't know much about it," said Worthley.