Sub-Lieutenant “Joe” Pallent RNVR was 21 years old on D-Day.

His flotilla of Royal Navy LCAs carried American soldiers of the US Army’s 2nd Ranger battalion from the parent ship HMS Baudoin. The Rangers’ orders were to scale, attack and secure Pointe du Hoc, the cliff-faced promontory between Omaha Beach and Utah Beach.

Joe Pallent died in 2013 aged 90.

Ernest “Joe” Pallent
Navy
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"Joe” Pallent's flotilla of Royal Navy LCAs carried American soldiers of the US Army's 2nd Ranger battalion. The Rangers' orders were to scale, attack and secure Pointe du Hoc between Omaha and Utah Beach.

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