On D-Day beach, 75 years on, awed son follows in dad’s steps

  • Randall Atanay, a 57-year-old California firefighter, second right, stands with friends next to a monument that overlooks Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, Thursday June 6, 2019, where his father fought on D-Day. His father, Manuel Atanay, was a medic in the 29th Infantry Division that hit the beach on June 6, 1944, taking heavy losses. Exactly 75 years later, his son went to the beach at dawn Thursday and waded with his friends into the waters where his father came ashore. (AP Photo/John Leicester)

OMAHA BEACH, France — Exactly 75 years — almost to the minute — after his dad battled his way through the carnage that was Omaha Beach on the morning of June 6, 1944, Randall Atanay kicked off his shoes and waded into the chill waters, so cleansing and still, that had run red when his father, an army medic, tended the dying and injured.