Defense Media Network

The USS Texas (BB 35) on D-Day

For the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the U.S. Navy has released a video featuring the remembrances of sailors who served aboard the USS Texas (BB 35) during Operation Neptune. Neptune was the British Channel crossing phase of the larger Operation Overlord. In support of the invasion, the Texas served as the flagship of the bombardment group charged with supporting the landings on Omaha Beach. The Texas‘ main guns and secondary batteries also supported the efforts of the U.S. Army Rangers to seize Pointe du Hoc. After the initial landings, the Texas shifted to providing gunfire support for the effort to seize the French port of Cherbourg. During a dual with German shore batteries, the Texas was hit twice.

USS Texas (BB 35)

A German coastal artillery shell falls between the USS Texas (BB 35), in the background, and the USS Arkansas (BB 33), while the two battleships were engaging Battery Hamburg during the bombardment of Cherbourg, France, June 25, 1944. After supporting the landings on Omaha Beach on D-Day, the USS Texas provided gunfire support for the effort to capture the strategically important port of Cherbourg. National Archives photo


From Employee Accounts