Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry both grew up in Bedford, VA and have know each other their entire lives. Josiah is white and Marcus is black. Both face fear and death in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, but in very different capacities.
Thirty-four Virginia National Guard soldiers from the town of Bedford were part of D-Day. Nineteen of them were killed during the first day of the invasion, and four more died during the rest of the Normandy campaign. The town and the "Bedford Boys" had proportionately suffered the greatest losses of the campaign, thus inspiring the United States Congress to establish the D-Day memorial in Bedford, Virginia.
- The Bedford Boys: One American Town's D-Day Sacrifice by Alex Kershaw (940.54/Ker)
- The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin (940.54/She)
- Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II by J. Todd Moye (940.54/Moy)
- Omaha Beach on D-Day by Jean David Morvan (GRA 940.54/Mor)
- Normandy, a Graphic History of D-Day: The Allied Invasion of Hitler's Fortress Europe by Wayne Vansant (GRA 940.54/Van)
- Omaha Beach: D-Day, June 6, 1944 by Joseph Balkoski (940.54/Bal)