I found an awesome item on ebay. Its a letter from a soldier written on D-Day +5 (June 11th, 1944) letting his mother know he is OK. His name is Paul Franks and he is/was from Akron, OH. He was a staff sergeant in an engineer battalion.
Although the seller has perfect feedback (and appears to specialize in selling such items) and the item looks authentic, I'm still a bit skeptical.
Here's where I could use you folks and your internet(s). Can anyone find a comprehensive list of all personnel who crossed the channel on D-Day? I have been looking the last couple days but can not come up with anything outside of people who were highly decorated and/or relatively well known.
At the very least, can someone find/provide a link naming all the individuals buried at Arlington National Cemetery? I saw one a long time ago, but (not surprisingly) got rid of the link. I thought that would be a good starting point.
Google searches are turning up a lot of great information, but nothing germane to this.
I really want to get this item for framing, but I don't want to spend money on and display junk if it turns out not to be the real deal.