70 years after D-Day, veteran returns to the shores of Normandy and remembers the 'smell of death'

World War II soldier Cosmo Uttero visits Normandy for first time since war to retrace his steps.
2:38 | 06/06/14

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Transcript for 70 years after D-Day, veteran returns to the shores of Normandy and remembers the 'smell of death'
I'm Jonathan Karl on coming -- -- from hallowed ground here at the Normandy American cemetery above Omaha Beach and I am extremely honored. To be joined right now by Cosmo tarot. Who was here seventy years ago today. You landed on Omaha Beach yes right. And I can think of -- -- in nineteen bodies in the water. -- on the beach in. Ship on fire and battleship firing. Him. And small arms come and over the -- and and to -- her today. So I just reached down and a handful of sand and take home with me. The horror around you you saw as you said dead bodies of comrades in in the water and on the beach here. Did you think you were gonna make it that's a thought they came to me -- I was on the weigh in on them on the barge. And -- most of what's it like to die if I thought I was gonna die of and I didn't know what was gonna hurt who's going to be quick. I think that that's one thought this for us today you know I was I was glad -- -- -- as he -- he had assured them. She forgot everything about being sick and -- Want to get off marriage. They get on sure. It was a big crater there. Cleveland and rampant. And went right down in your credit sort of -- They were generally up and -- and all my equipment. Much equipment on that I couldn't. -- from ground you're just forty years old it -- -- like this you're prepared they have had. Drills for this. Instead they ended trails. That they don't have people dying around now in Israel and you know and just getting fired on humans and the smell -- yes. You can't prepare yourself of the the real thing to say a prayer that there are a lot of prayers. -- I'm -- down hard on. Made a lot of promises. Happy to keep them in -- some of them yeah. I said that I would lock on my knees. If I made it north -- -- and ten miles from Wendy's. And I made -- benign and didn't -- the promise. Oh god was looking after you yes and -- wives from leaving. Him.

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