Hi! My names is Steve, and I’m a World War II military historian who has published two books on the war in Europe. I’m also a retired Army infantry officer and a PhD student at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. My current research interests revolve around my dissertation topic, which concerns how the American print and radio media created for all Americans a collective memory of D-Day, the Allied invasion  of Normandy on 6 June 1944.  I believe that the way the American media portrayed D-Day’s importance at the precise moment it was happening — often at the expense of other Allies’ achievements – ensured that the invasion would remain the seminal American memory of the war and an exemplar of American virtue, valor, and sacrifice. In a sense, America shaped its memory of D-Day at the time to reflect the way all Americans wanted to see themselves — as liberators and vanguards of global democracy.  I look forward to pulling back the curtain on the media’s portrayal of D-Day as I further enhance my knowledge of all periods of American history in the coming years.

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