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Remebering D-Day: A Local Broadcaster's Perspective

Phil Kendrick Jr. was a 17 year old KRBC radio announcer when D-Day took place.
Friday marks 70 years since D-Day, a time that some remember clearly.

"I knew airplane silhouettes like kids today know baseball and football players", explains historian Dr. Rob Sledge.

Sledge was just ten years old in June of 1944 and says that he was just a curious kid and a self-proclaimed war junkie, but one local who is just a handful of years older says he remembers D-Day vividly.

"I was anxious to get the news out as fast as we could and it was coming in as fast as I could read it", says Phil Kendrick Jr.

Phil Kendrick Jr. worked for KRBC radio during the much anticipated day when American troops invaded Normandy.

"I was just pulling the news off the teletype and I wasn't taking time to read it", recalls Kendrick.

As a 17 year old kid and main KRBC announcer, some things he read were shocking.

"I read where a good boyhood friend of mine was missing in action on d-day and that kind of took me back you know."

This sort of news shocked him since his 18th birthday and deployment were just months away.

"What I am reading about happening, I am soon probably going to be in that same situation, in that same position."

Kendrick served from November of 1944 through October of 1946 as a Merchant Marine. He says he feels fortunate, knowing that so many names he announced that fateful day, could not say the same.

Kendrick did not pursue a career in broadcast, but chased ventures in the oil business and Wall Street. However, he explains that announcing on June 6th of 1944 is something that he will never forget.

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