December 20, 2011
Bobby Davis (left) presents Floyd Landers with the sand from Normandy Beach and plaque commemorating Landers’ service.
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When Bobby Davis visited Normandy Beach in July, he collected a vile of sand, never dreaming the significance it would have for one World War II veteran. It was nearly 70 years ago when Floyd Landers, a member of Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army, landed on Normandy Beach and nearly lost his life. Under heavy fire, Landers laid down near a dead soldier and tried to pass as shot. “They were under tremendous machine gun fire as well as many hand grenades,” said Landers’ daughter, Lisa Boyle. “There were hundreds of dead or wounded soldiers laying all over the beach in and out of the water.”