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D-Day: Charleston native 1 of 2 survivors in African American battalion

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93-year old Arthur Guest says he is a surviving member of the 320th anti-aircraft barrage balloon battalion 93-year old Arthur Guest says he is a surviving member of the 320th anti-aircraft barrage balloon battalion
CHARLESTON, SC - Friday marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  On this day in 1944, more than 160,000 allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of the French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy.

News 2 spoke with a North Charleston D-Day survivor.

93-year old Arthur Guest says he is a surviving member of the 320th anti-aircraft barrage balloon battalion, the first African American unit in the segregated US Army to come ashore on D-Day.  He says he remembers where he was 70 years ago.

Arthur Guest, D-Day survivor, "I was in the third wave of the invasion, you go over by waves, we dug in on the beach, we live in the foxhole, you had to dig in a hurry because German's was strifen up the beach and flyin little planes, you could see the bullet traces that's how close they come to you."

A New York Times article back in 2009 featured William G. Dabney, as the alleged "only survivor of the 320th" that the White House Commission on Remembrance says they were able to track down.

News 2 contacted senior officials in Washington D.C. with the Army, who said they will look in the archives to confirm he was there.
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