Lucille Boggess was only fourteen years old when she lost two of her brothers on D-Day: Bedford and Raymond Hoback.
She remembers the day her family received the telegram. It was July 15, 1944 when the sheriff delivered the first telegram saying Bedford had been killed. The second telegram came the next day. "The secretary of war desires me to express his deep regret, that your son Staff Sgt. Raymond S. Hoback has been reported missing since sixth June in France," said Boggess.
After one year of hope that Raymond was still alive, he was declared dead.
But the family did receive a surprise in the mail about a month after the telegrams. A man from West Virginia found Raymond's Bible laying on the beach at Normandy and sent it back to the family with a letter.
Lucille says one upside to her brothers dying young is that she'll always remember them young.
As for you and me, we remember them as the "Bedford Boys."