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Dr. Harold Baumgarten, a veteran of D-Day, shares his experiences having stormed the beaches of Normandy with student veterans on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.   (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)
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Dr. Harold Baumgarten, a veteran of D-Day, shares his experiences having stormed the beaches of Normandy with student veterans on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

WWII vet shares story with students

By Ginger Livingston

The Daily Reflector

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East Carolina University’s motto is “To Serve” and that includes the men and women who serve in this nation’s armed forces.

The university officially celebrated its annual Military Appreciation Weekend during Saturday’s football game with Navy, but the days leading up to the game also were filled with events recognizing the contributions of veterans on and off campus.


A number of events centered around Dr. Hal Baumgarten, 87, a retired Jacksonville, Fla., physician who landed on Omaha Beach during D-Day. There were 30 men in his landing craft and he was one of only two who survived, despite suffering five separate injuries during the invasion.

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