MTSU’s John Hood talks to 91-year-old D-Day survivor Bill Allen and his wife, Idalee, as part of the June edition of “Murfreesboro Storytellers,” according to a city of Murfreesboro news release.
Enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Allen was on board the American ship LST-523 on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and later when the transporter struck a mine and split in two, killing dozens of Army soldiers. Allen survived the blast, jumped overboard and was rescued by a Higgins boat with a handful of others.
In 2013, Allen returned to see the wreckage of the sunken ship on the English Channel floor off the coast of France with the help of a three-man submarine as part of a PBS documentary. Hood, MTSU’s director of government and community affairs, interviews Allen about his amazing story and his return trip to Utah Beach.
The June 2016 episode can be viewed below:
It can also be seen on CityTV Sunday, 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Monday, 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.; and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The June edition of Storytellers was recorded on location at Oaklands Historic House Museum, located at 900 N. Maney Ave. in Murfreesboro. Storytellers is produced by CityTV’s Michael Nevills.
You can watch “Murfreesboro Storytellers” on CityTV (located on Comcast Xfinity Channel 3 and AT&T Uverse channel 99) or view the program online by visiting www.murfreesborotn.gov/storytellers.