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Graham Alvord Recognized at D-Day Ceremony

6 June 2014


On June 6th, Graham Alvord, Harvard College 1937, represented the United States of America in a ceremony on Sword Beach in Normandy, France commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.  President Obama joined European political leaders and the British Royal Family in recognizing the nearly 156,000 British, American, and Candadian soldiers who crossed the English Channel on June 6th, 1944 to begin the invasion of France.

Graham Alvord graduated from Harvard College in 1937 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1941.  He began his service as an intelligence officer, but after his brother, a Marine aviator, lost his life in the Battle of Midway, Graham volunteered for Ship Duty.  On June 6th 1944, he was the executive officer of Landing Ship Tank (LST) #133 and made two successful landings on Omaha Beach before hitting a mine on his third trip.  The explosion damaged the LST and killed 4 of his crew along with 11 British sailors.  For his bravery during the D-Day invasion, Graham recently received the French Legion of Honor, one of France's oldest and most prestigious medals, in addition to the American Defense Medal, the American Campaign Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one star for the invasion of Normandy.



We Welcome all Harvard Veterans

...to join the Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization!

There is a proud history of military service to our country, and sacrifice, by more than 10 generations of the men and women of Harvard. This service ranges from King Philip's War in 1675, to many who are now on active duty throughout the world, and the more than 150 Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who are current students and fellows at Harvard University.

We join others at Harvard in recognition and appreciation of this ongoing commitment. As a President of Harvard once remarked, the men and women of Harvard in the United States Armed Forces "are doing something profoundly important...something that is very noble, and something that is crucial".

We invite all members of the Harvard Community - students, alumni, faculty and staff - who have served, or are serving, in the United States Military to join us in this "Long Crimson Line".

 

 

 




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