June 6, 1944 is known as D-Day — a day that Tarboro native and World War II Navy veteran, Buck Price will never forget.
As a 17-year-old sailor, Price was one of the 73,000 Americans who invaded the beaches of Normandy, France. Today the battle stands as one of the most notable invasions in history.
In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, Price was one of eight Americans chosen by an organization in Normandy to relive that battle again on the beaches from June 3 through June 13. At the age of 88, Price is anxious to get back to Omaha Beach —the beach that he once shared the same filling about leaving. The trip will also include a trip to where the Battle of the Bulge was fought in Belgium and Luxembourg.
"I always said that I wanted to go back before I get to old," Price said during an interview in his Tarboro home. "I didn't know how I would get back, but now I do. If it wasn't for Sallie (Carlisle) I don't think I would have made it."
Carlisle is a Tarboro native who lives in Normandy five months out of the year. While in Normandy, she submitted Price's military information to the organization. She wanted someone from Tarboro to experience a D-Day celebration.
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