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Remembering the heroic army medic who was in the first wave at Omaha Beach

Sergeant Ray Lambert, the army medic in the first wave that assaulted Omaha beach on D-Day, died this past Friday night, at age 100. Two years ago on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, he spoke with our Malcolm Brabant beside the concrete block where he saved many lives that fateful day.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    And a passing of note before we go tonight. Sergeant Ray Lambert died this past Friday night at age 100. The Army medic was the — was in the first wave that assaulted Omaha Beach on D-Day. The then-23-year old had already earned awards for valor and was wounded twice invading North Africa and Sicily, all that before June 6, 1944, and the Allied invasion to liberate Europe.

    Two years ago, on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, he spoke with our Malcolm Brabant beside the concrete block where he saved many lives that fateful day, all while severely wounded himself.

    It came to be called Ray's Rock.

  • Ray Lambert:

    I had obligated myself to fighting in World War II. And I thought that, if I was the right kind of husband and man and father, that I would put my life on the line for my family.

    Many times, you hear people say, well, I am willing to die for my country. They are not really saying that. What they are saying is that they are willing to fight for their families and their country

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The very best among us. We remember him tonight.

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