via press release:
THE “CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY” (6:30-7:00 PM, ET) WILL MARK THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY WITH A WEEK-LONG SERIES OF REPORTS BEGINNING TONIGHT
WORLD WAR II VETERANS WILL SHARE THEIR STORIES FROM THE ALLIED INVASION OF NORMANDY WITH CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENTS JIM AXELROD, MARK PHILLIPS AND DEAN REYNOLDS
PHILLIPS AND CBS NEWS SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL PLANTE WILL PROVIDE COVERAGE FROM NORMANDY ON FRIDAY, JUNE 6
The CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY (6:30-7:00 PM, ET) will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day with a weeklong series of reports beginning tonight, June 2 on the CBS Television Network.
Throughout the week, World War II veterans will share their stories from the Allied invasion of Normandy with CBS News Correspondents Jim Axelrod, Mark Phillips and Dean Reynolds.
In addition, Phillips and CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante will provide coverage from Normandy on Friday, June 6, the anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
The CBS EVENING NEWS’ coverage plans include:
· On tonight’s broadcast, Reynolds speaks with 93-year-old Jim “Peewee” Martin, who was a private in the fabled 101st Parachute Regiment, which landed there 70 years ago. Martin was part of the tip of the spear operation that dropped behind German lines ahead of the D-Day landings. Martin describes the day as a “slaughterhouse,” and revisits the region where he first landed 70 years ago.
· On Tuesday, June 3, Axelrod reports on Operation Tiger, a large-scale dress rehearsal for the landing on Utah Beach, where more American soldiers died than during the actual landing on the beach. He speaks with Navy Ensign Doug Harlander who was aboard one of the landing vessels sunk by German torpedoes that day and survived. “So many people didn’t get off that ship,” Harlander tells Axelrod. “They couldn’t have, and I am sure there are 300 people on the ship now, dead.”
· On Wednesday, June 4, Phillips tells the story of Whiskey 7, a twin engine propeller-driven C-47 that was the lead plane for the Normandy invasion. The plane was built in 1943 in Geneseo, N.Y. Phillips retraces the 3,600-mile trip across the Atlantic with some of the same paratroopers who were on board in 1944 and discusses the transatlantic journey they plan to take in honor of the anniversary. Leslie Palmer Cruise, 89, recounts with Phillips the chaotic night of one of the most decisive battles of the war.
· On Thursday, June 5, Phillips reports on a “living memory” history project where high school students from 15 schools around the world will meet with veterans on Utah Beach to talk with them about what it was like to be there.
· On Friday, June 6, Plante will cover President Barack Obama’s speech from Normandy. Phillips will report on the ceremony, which will be attended by other world leaders and heads of state.