A Long Island native, Alexander “Al” Eckmann was a sergeant in U.S. Army counterintelligence on D-Day. He was assigned to land on Utah Beach with the VII Corps of the Army. Now 89, and living in Juno Beach, he recalled that day with writer Carlos Frias.
Sgt. Al Eckmann dangles from a rope ladder on the side of a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, trying to focus on the spotter’s voice through deafening blasts from the nearby USS Texas.
Alexander “Al” Eckmann
Born: Long Island, New York
Resides: Juno Beach, FL
Served: 1944-1945, U.S. Army counterintelligence
D-Day assignment: Utah Beach, VII Corps, First Army