Retired U.S. Army Col. John M. ‘Jack’ Brooks of Fairway remembers storming of Omaha Beach of 75th anniversary of D-Day

John M. ‘Jack’ Brooks, 99, of Fairway, is a retired U.S. Army colonel who led 140 soldiers to storm Omaha beach on D-Day.

Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The memory of the Allied invasion is still strong with 99-year-old John M. “Jack” Brooks, a Fairway resident and Army veteran who led 140 men onto Omaha beach.

Brooks lives with his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Hank Young. Barbara Young helps her father carry on the memory of that day and honor of the 48 soldiers his unit lost in the first wave of infantrymen in the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.