In the summer of 2011 I participated in an incredible program sponsored by National History Day and Albert H. Small called Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom. For several months this spring, my teacher Mr. Wagner and I studied and researched D-Day a along with 14 other student-teacher teams from across the country. Each student was responsible for extensive research on a soldier from their state who is buried at the American Cemetery in Normandy. I chose William McCabe, a glider pilot who graduated in 1941 from my high school and gave the ultimate sacrifice.
In June 2011, we all met for the first time in Washington D.C. and attended classes and lectures led by renowned historians from George Washington University, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Department of the Navy, and the FBI. The program culminated in a trip to France where we toured the battle fields, visited WWII museums, and most importantly honored the soldiers we had been studying.
Flight Officer William T. McCabe
I chose to research William T. McCabe, who grew up in my home town of Carlisle Pennsylvania and graduated from the same high school that I attend. William perished on D-Day and now rests along with 1,212 fellow Pennsylvanians and 9,386 fellow Americans at the American Cemetery in Normandy. His sacrifice contributed to the success of the invasion of Normandy and eventually the end of Nazi power. He and his peers are truly the Greatest Generation.
Born: January 4, 1922 in Dothan, Alabama
Family: Parents - Joseph Allen McCabe II & Margaret Hanna Ege Siblings - Elmer McCabe, Charles McCabe, Joseph McCabe, Emma Malloy