Invasion of Normandy
Guilt Over Seasickness at Juno Beach

Decorated veteran Gordon Smith, part of the 1051 Port Company Royal Engineers, recalls arriving at Juno Beach a day after the Normandy Landings. Smith recalls collapsing while trying to keep himself steady in a packed and tottering barge as his unit awaited orders to get to the beachhead. Strangers placed him in a pile of coil after his collapse in the back of the boat where he fell asleep, waking up later to the smell of cordite then running towards the beach despite his seasickness. Smith shares his memory of his seasickness getting the better of him with a misplaced sense of overwhelming guilt.

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