Claremore Daily Progress

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June 6, 2013

D-Day: Service of Claremore’s Lantow brothers remembered

CLAREMORE —

There is silence. No one speaks on this anniversary of D-Day. The 9,387 white marble crosses do speak of valor, honor and sacrifice. Among the graves are those of 748 Oklahomans.
Those who walk, do so with reverence. Some shed tears for those they knew. Some salute the fallen who gave their lives in the cause of freedom.
On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline more than 9,000 soldiers lost their lives, among them were 748 Oklahomans.
A visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Normandy, France will find the headstone of two Claremore men, who proudly served their nation, but lost their lives.
Robert and Norman Lantow, who both served in the 501th paratrooper division of the 101st Airborne,  were buried side by side.
The Lantow brothers survived the D-Day invasion, which involved more than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft. More than 9,000 soldiers were killed that day as Allied forces began a drive against the Nazis, which would eventually lead to the liberation of Paris.
Dr. Bloomer Dan Sullivan and his wife, Glenda, recently toured the Normandy Cemetery as part of a “Band of Brothers” tour. While at the cemetery and memorial, the staff discovered they were from Oklahoma and guided them to the Lantow brother’s grave.
The Sullivan’s tour was from May 18-26. They were among a group of 22 people on a  nine-day tour of the D-Day beaches, Brittany and Paris, sponsored by Cameron University and organized by Jake Powers, President and CEO of Band of Brothers Tours.  
This tour was organized to visit the American Beaches — Omaha and Utah — as well as many of the landing zones of the 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions, with special emphasis on the battles fought and losses sustained by Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR). 

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