Today I had the pleasure of interviewing an amazing gentleman and war hero, Claude Hobbs. He was supposed to be in one of the first waves of men to land on the beaches of Normandy in the early morning of June 6, 1944, but his landing craft hit a mine while crossing the English channel, forcing the men to transfer to a different assault craft. At 14:00 hours, he finally landed on Omaha beach. Armed with a rifle and a handful of grenades, he and his men started clearing the beach of German snipers, allowing the Allies to begin bringing heavy equipment on shore to commence the liberation of Europe.
Hobbs, like many WWII veterans, is a humble man. He was awarded numerous medals including a Bronze Star for action during the Battle of the Bulge. He has also been nominated to receive our nation’s third highest honor, a Silver Star, yet he hasn’t gone to Washington DC to claim it. Instead, his favorite thing is to volunteer at a local museum every Saturday and chat with other old timers.
Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer of Hobbs’ generation. That is why I need your help to spread the word to your local high schools about the iHistory Project: WW2, so that this Fall hundreds and thousands of students around the country will begin interviewing WWII veteran on video.