Bunker Down

Posted June 8, 2004 at 2:43pm

Former President Ronald Reagan died Saturday, one day before the 60th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy. With the passing of such a popular president, much of the coverage of the events in Europe have been overshadowed during the past week.

So we dug through our archives and found something to tie the two together. Twenty years ago, the 40th president and his wife, Nancy, traveled to France to mark the 40th anniversary of the Normandy landing. During that trip, they got an up-close look at a German observation bunker at Pointe du Hoc, overlooking the Omaha Beach landings.

The U.S. 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled the 100-foot cliffs at Pointe du Hoc on June 6, 1944, and captured German artillery located there. A monument now stands atop the cliffs.