National Geographic : 2002 Jun
with the main deck underwater and the Corry breaking in half, the captain, Lt. Comdr. George Dewey Hoffman, ordered his 18 offi cers and 265 men to abandon ship. When all the living were in the 54-degree water, Hoff man joined them. The shelling continued, and more men died while struggling in the cold sea. By the time rescuing destroyers appeared two hours later, firing at Germans from one side of the ship while saving men on the other, The shelling continued, and more men died struggling in the cold sea. the Corry's 260 survivors were near death. All told, the Corry, which had fired off 400 rounds during her few minutes of D-Day, lost 24 men. Her flag, snatched from the sinking ship by Lt. Paul Garray, still survives (pages 6-7). At about 7:30, the Sixth Naval Beach Battal ion began to land on Omaha Beach, at a site their BIGOT maps designated as Easy Red sector. Clyde Whirty's bulldozer, the American flag flying, rolled off a landing craft and hit a Survivors of the U.S.S. Corry,who spent two hours in 54-degree water, clamber aboard the U.S.S. Fitch off Utah Beach. Corry's captain, Lt. Comdr. George Dewey Hoffman (facing page), was last to leave the ship, which sank (below) after a mine broke her keel. Ger man gunfire from shore killed ten men in the water. Of the 284 men aboard, 260 survived. Each year a dwin dling band of survivors gathers to remember the day.