National Guard Militia Museum in Sea Girt remembers D-Day, World War II

The 102nd Cavalry Regiment of the New Jersey National Guard was on the frontlines. (6/6/14)

SEA GIRT - Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the United States invasion of Normandy during World War II.

The 102nd Cavalry Regiment of the New Jersey National Guard was on the frontlines.

The recon group is credited with inventing the rhino tank that was able to cut through the hedgerow in France. A picture is now on display at the National Guard Militia Museum in Sea Girt in a new exhibit showcasing New Jersey's role in World War II.

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"The hedgerows were big obstructions to the armor, we couldn't get through them," says curator Joseph Bilby. "Once they developed this device that they put in the front of the tanks, it was guys from the 102nd, a guy from Cranford, New Jersey who invented it, we were able to break out."

That man from Cranford was Curtis Culin.

Also on display in Sea Girt are weapons used by both sides in the war and uniforms.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week and admission is free.

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