D-Day Veteran Richard Keegan, in an interview with the BBC, put it like this: “We were trained in teamwork, and the teamwork was the thing that counted most.” Veteran Ed Chappell, visiting Omaha Beach on D-Day’s 70th anniversary, told a group of students, “It was teamwork like you’ve never seen teamwork before.” And, just last week, Veteran John T. Siewert told the USO, “We were trained to do something, and we knew if every man did his job, then everything was going to be okay.”
Under the leadership of General Dwight Eisenhower, men from different backgrounds, different countries, and different branches of the military came together to achieve something they never could have alone.
Consider these words of praise from Eisenhower following the landings.
Each of us can learn from this example: we accomplish more together. Eisenhower understood the importance of teamwork. He led with an emphasis on working together, and praised his subordinates when they combined efforts toward a common goal. Ten years after D-Day, in a statement as eloquent and profound now as it was the day he wrote it, Eisenhower continued to credit teamwork as the value most responsible for our success against the Nazi regime.
Eisenhower’s statement on the 10th Anniversary of the Landing in Normandy:
D-Day Close to Home
Serving in the Normandy invasion were two family members of our own team: Joseph C. Baniszewski, father of Tigrett Corp. instructor and guide John Baniszewski, and Peter George Fekas, uncle of Antigoni Ladd, co-founder of Tigrett Corp. We honor their service and their memory.
D-Day, the Naval Perspective
Tigrett Leadership Academy has been on numerous TV and radio talk shows recently, as the country celebrates the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Discussions ranged from why D-Day is important for schools to teach today, to debates over which nations and military services should get credit for the success of the D-Day landings.
For fresh insights on D-Day, we wholeheartedly recommend two books by one of our favorite instructors, Dr. Craig Symonds. The first, Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings, gives credit to the massive naval operations that made D-Day possible. And if you become a fan of this colorful and insightful writer, dive into, World War II at Sea: A Global History. Or, you may take a quick look at Symonds on YouTube covering his WWII books.