Bombers attack Pointe du Hoc in advance of D-Day. (National Archives)
By George Morris
Daniel Farley didn’t know it at the time, but his West Virginia upbringing helped prepare him for a date with destiny in World War II.
On June 6, 1944, Pfc. Farley was part of the U.S. Army Rangers’ D-Day assault on Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. Although wounded, he fought for four days before being hospitalized.
“Being a Ranger is all in the mind and the heart, period,” Farley said.
In his case, having the desired skill set didn’t hurt.