Vet recalls D-Day as a war story turned love story
Walter Pruiksma kept a picture of a girl named Claire in a waterproof map case as he landed on Utah Beach in Normandy. He kept the picture with him as he made his way across France into Belgium and Holland. Pruiksma says Claire was the girl he was going to go home and marry. He did just that after two years apart while he fought in the war. Pruiksma says Claire’s picture is what drove him to come home alive.