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Yogi Berra, a D-Day rocket boat vet, honored in US
Baseball's Yogi Berra, a D-Day rocket boat veteran, honored on 70th anniversary of invasion
By WAYNE PARRY
Associated Press
2014-06-07 03:01 AM

LITTLE FALLS, New Jersey (AP) -- Seventy years ago, a 19-year-old was on a small attack boat launching rockets at the Germans during the Allied invasion of Normandy. He survived and became a baseball legend.

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra, then a minor league baseball player, emerged unscathed from that bloody day.

Now 89 years old, Berra was honored Friday by the New Jersey museum that bears his name, as well as by the U.S. Navy and several veterans groups.

His age prevented him from participating in ceremonies in France.

Berra told The Associated Press that D-Day was "amazing" and "awful," firing at the Nazis from 300 yards (meters) offshore.

He says he was fortunate to survive; three of his comrades weren't as fortunate.

Berra won 10 World Series titles with the New York Yankees.

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