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Flandreau Veteran Donates World War II Collection

July 9, 2014, 10:00 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Flandreau Veteran Donates World War II Collection
FLANDREAU, SD -

The Moody County Museum is getting some special donations today, all thanks to a local World War II vet. We were there as Lloyd Fields handed over his own pieces of history.

"The reports were out, that our 116th infantry was the assault regiment. They had 96-percent casualties on D-Day," World War II Veteran, Lloyd Fields said. 

Lloyd Fields knows a thing or two about World War II history. He served 30 months overseas during the war, and arrived on Omaha Beach just three days after D-Day.

"We went across France, Belgium, Holland and Germany to the Elbe River," Fields said.

Fields came back with some souvenirs and stories to go along with them. He recalls German citizens giving up some items for almost nothing to soldiers.

"I suppose they were getting a little antsy about having the field glasses, because they weren't allowed to have anything that was military," Fields said. "I gave a carton of cigarettes for them. For the field glasses." 

Today, Fields is donating those field glasses, a German Lugar Pistol and some photos to the Moody County Museum.

Museum Director, Ginger Gaylor, says these items are priceless for educating future generations.

"It makes the events real. Especially for people who weren't alive. The kids who come through here, they love the military exhibit. It makes it alive for them. They realize it's not just a story I heard, it's real," Gaylor said. 

When asked what he thinks of kids being interested, Fields isn't so sure.

"Oh I don't know. I would think so. But I hope so anyway," Fields said. 

And he's still happy to share the memories, 45 years later.

Fields comes from a family of veterans. Two of his brothers also served in World War II, and he had a younger brother who served in the Korean War.

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