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Veterans recall deadly D-Day battle
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With the D-Day anniversary approaching, McMinnville's Noon Rotary Club brought three veterans to the podium on Thursday to tell their recollections of a war that forever changed history.“It sounded like everything had broken loose,” recalled Magness Jordan of witnessing the opening of the D-Day invasion of France on June 6, 1944.Jordan was on a landing craft heading toward Omaha Beach at the young age of 19.“There were bullets whizzing overhead,” he recalled, noting he saw many men fall that day on the bloody beach. “We were pinned down most of the day under fire.”Jordan said he felt lucky to have survived the landing, especially after accidentally jumping into a fox hole with a couple of German snipers. However, less than a week later, as his unit pushed off the beach, he again had a brush with death.“A shell burst overhead and knocked me out,” Jordan said, noting he was unconscious and stunned for four hours even as his unit was forced to retreat.