Updated: 06/06/2014 10:43 PM
Created: 06/06/2014 5:35 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
Exactly 70 years ago today, 150,000 troops with the Allied Forces began to storm the beaches at Normandy, France.
While some veterans returned to Normandy to commemorate the anniversary, one Northland WWII veteran remembered D-Day right here in Duluth.
Major Al Cismowski will turn 93 next month. Seventy years ago, Cismowski was based in England with the Army Air Corps.
Following the invasion of Normandy, Cismowski flew a C-47 full of supplies to the troops in France.
"I counted. I think we made more than 100 trips across the English Channel. What we would do is we would carry the supplies, ammunition, food, and whatever is necessary to troops coming across northern France and into Germany," he explained.
Cismowski said they would then bring the wounded back to England.
"All of my missions were to help people, carry supplies, carry the wounded, not to hurt a person," he said.
Cismowski said it's hard to believe it's the 70th anniversary of D-Day. He retired from the military over 40 years ago.
At 92, Cismowski still works at his shop, Al's Duluth Variety Store, six days a week. He was born and raised in Duluth.
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