Friday, March 4, 2011

Pointe du Hoc

New moon tonight. 0% of full. My Current Moon gadget always shows now, so if you read this tomorrow, this will have passed.

Leonard G. "Bud" Lomell
January 22, 1920 - March 1, 2011

Tom Brokaw included a chapter on Bud Lomell in his book, "The Greatest Generation." Tom reported on Bud's passing tonight on Brian Williams' Nightly News on NBC. Bud was a decorated veteran of World War II and one of the heroes of the 2nd Ranger Division's mission on D-Day to scale the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, seeking to take out five 155-millimeter German cannons. Things did not go exactly to plan, but by pure chance, the mission was accomplished.

My ears perked up when I heard "Pointe du Hoc." I visited it last May as part of an side-tour I took of the Normandy D-Day invasion, "An American Highlights Tour" by Battlebus, while on Jeanne Mills' quilters tour.

Pointe du Hoc had been turned into a "moonscape of craters" by aerial and naval bombardment of the area, and this site is incredible. Our van-load of tourists wandered among the craters as our guide showed us maps and aerial photos and described the history of the campaign here. I could only think that similar topography in the US would be crisscrossed with cement pathways and guard rails.

Part of our group heading out to Pointe du Hoc

The rest of our group


Sean shows us an aerial photo of the cratering.

Viewing platform
The view east

Pointe du Hoc as seen from the viewing platform

Truly messed up gun emplacement
Look at the scale of this crater.


Some kids play in the crater.

Some prefer to watch.

See you tomorrow.


  1. Very interesting photos - - thanks for posting them.

  2. I will show this to my husband. I think he will find it interesting, as do I. Thanks for sharing your photos, Lee!