As we observe the 76th anniversary of American and allied forces courageously storming the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, our remembrance would not be complete without recognizing one of our very own, Marcie Dover.
Born in Alabama and a Barrow County resident since 2000, Marcie Dover was only nineteen years old when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943.
Serving with the 9th Regiment’s L Company as part of the 2nd “Indianhead” Infantry Division, Dover first sailed from New York to Great Britain before landing in Normandy on June 7. Joining the battle first in St. Lo and then onwards to Brest through difficult hedgerow country, Dover was in some of the most difficult parts of the fighting. During his first engagement against the Germans, Dover recalls his entire unit being wiped out, leaving just him and his commanding officer standing. Through northern France and into Belgium, Dover fought in the Battle the Bulge and ended the war in Czechoslovakia.
For his honorable and distinguished service, Dover was awarded the Bronze Star and the Legion of Honor, France’s highest military honor. Now a loving grandfather to five and great-grandfather to seven, he enjoys his much-deserved retirement in our community.
We must never forget the bravery of Marcie Dover, and all the men and women like him, who valiantly answered their nation’s call to service when our hour was darkest. The sacrifices they made on behalf of a grateful nation 76 years ago still enable all Americans to live freely today. We are forever in their debt.