Auburn at Normandy: the 299th Combat Engineers and Local Stories of WWII tells the story of a large group of Auburn men who served together throughout World War II in the storied 299th Combat Engineer Battalion. The 299th were among the first Allied troops to hit the beach in France on D-Day and were tasked with incapacitating the German defenses. Six young men from Auburn lost their lives in the initial assault. The survivors fought through France, through the Battle of the Bulge, and remained in Europe until the war was won.
Auburn at Normandy also explores the personal stories of local men and women who joined the fight, as well as what the Home Front looked like. Cayuga County men and women served in every theater of the war, from the Great Lakes to Europe, the Pacific, the Far East and Africa. Hundreds of items – uniforms, photographs, weapons, trophies of war, and more – have been loaned to the exhibit from private collections of WWII veterans and their families.
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