SAMUEL FULLER, 81
$ He hit Omaha Beach as a corporal with the U.S. 1st Infantry Division, which he later immortalized in his war film The Big Red One.
"We saw the dawn before we landed. At first, everything seemed to be going pretty well: we had good smoke and fog cover. We were told that the troops in front of us were just 150 young German kids with bicycles. But we did not expect the German 352nd Division. So as soon as we hit the beach, we came under heavy fire from a battle-hardened field division. Jesus! Had we...