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GI Limey Returns To Omaha Beach 75 Years On

Clifford Guard from Mumbles is in Normandy ahead of the D-Day commemorations.

The 95 year old spent 11 months dodging gunfire, disarming landmines and liberating towns as his regiment helped drive the Nazi Army from France.

Clifford has been invited to attend the US commemorations which will be attended by American President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Clifford Guard was born in 1923, in Swansea but moved to America. When the WWII broke out, he joined the US Army’s 3rd Armored Division, where he was nicknamed ‘Limey’. He has received multiple awards for his bravery in combat. After several decades living in the U.S. he returned to South Wales at age 62 and still lives in his home city.

Clifford is a big hero in France - the country recognised him last year with the highest accolade the Legion of Honour.

Swansea author Geraint Thomas met Clifford 6 years ago when he covered his story as a reporter. He started working on his memoirs which reveal how war shaped his identity. 

Geraint is travelling to Normandy to be with Clifford and his family - we spoke to him before he left for France.

GI Limey is being republished by Parthian Books you can buy the book here: https://www.parthianbooks.com/collections/pre-order/products/gi-limey-a-welsh-american-in-wwii

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