Norman Cota

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Norman Daniel "Dutch" Cota, Sr. (May 30, 1893October 4, 1971) was a senior United States Army officer who fought during World War II. Cota was heavily involved in the planning and execution of the invasion of Normandy, in June 1944, codenamed Operation Neptune, and the subsequent Battle of Normandy. He is famous for rallying demoralized troops on Omaha Beach, by engaging in combat with them and personally leading their first successful breakout, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions there.


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