Logistics is organized but contingencies are inevitable. Three light boats of Landing Craft Control type had the mission to guide the landing at Utah Beach. For technical reasons, only one is in place at H hour. It will have the exceptionally difficult task to achieve the whole work in solo.
Lt. Vander Beek, responsible for this US Navy LCC 60, made an error of about 500 m away from the scheduled landing point. It was a luck : the Americans set foot in a place of the beach that the Germans were not watching. The successful landing of Utah Beach is a major key to the success of the campaign of France.
The Germans react quickly but it is already too late for them. When Vander Beek takes his first rest after seven and a half hours of fight, the Americans have already stopped 19 German charges. Two months later the LCC 60 is again in the forefront in the Operation Dragoon for the invasion of France from the South.
The lieutenant kept as a souvenir the US flag of the stern of his LCC. Back to civilian life, the hero died in 2014 aged 97. His flag ripped and riddled with bullets will be sold on June 12 in Dallas by Heritage, lot 40193.
Still more damaged, a US flag that flew from June to October 1944 in four of the five beaches was sold for $ 390K including premium by Bonhams on June 5, 2014.
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SOLD for $ 510K including premium