Tiger Burning

Tiger Burning Angelo Crapanzano has a set of feeler gauges — narrow, thin strips of gunmetal gray steel with various markings — in his memorabilia book. They are arranged to spell “US Navy LST 507.” The feeler gauges and the smashed, faceless remains of a watch he was wearing on the night of April 28, […]

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Man Overboard

Man Overboard Lou Putnoky Coast Guard veteran Lou Putnoky of Edison, New Jersey, was a crew member on the USS Bayfield, which was the flagship of the Utah Beach invasion fleet on D-Day. When I called to ask if I could interview him in 1994, his wife answered the phone. Lou wasn’t in, she said.

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