Listen to June 7, 1944 NBC 5:30 PM News radio broadcast describing USS Corry
sinking (NBC-affiliate radio station WEAF in New York City)
(11:30 PM London Time, June 7, 1944) NBC's
W. W. Chaplin in London reads a dispatch from invasion reporter George
Wheeler, describing the loss of the USS Corry (DD-463) in the first
phase of the invasion. While he cannot give the name of the destroyer, the Corry was the only American
destroyer sunk on D-Day, and no American destroyers were sunk June
||Destroyer USS Corry
(DD-463) sinking off Utah Beach. D-Day - June 6, 1944
Here to Listen to the NBC radio broadcast
Duration: 2 minutes 20 seconds
Excerpt from Old Time Radio full audio file NBC_D-Day-CBD-440607_NBC1730-News.mp3
BELOW: READ TRANSCRIPT OF THE JUNE 7, 1944
5:30 PM (Eastern U.S. Time) WEAF NEW YORK RADIO BROADCAST EXCERPT —
WEAF, New York. Now NBC continues its
coverage of operations in Europe with a special broadcast from NBC staff
in England. We take you now to London.
This is W.W. Chaplin in London. It is now 11:30 PM, and we hope in a few
minutes to have the latest communiqué concerning the invasion from SHAEF
-- Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. That will be SHAEF
Communiqué Number 4. We are expecting to receive it momentarily now.
In the meantime, I can tell you that the invasion is still going well, though
it would be a great mistake to overemphasize the tremendous successes
we've had in the initial phase. SHAEF itself has made a great point of
this today, calling attention to the fact that our men have now been
fighting for almost 48 hours under very difficult conditions, and that
they have not yet got their second wind to carry them on to new victories.
is one late dispatch which came in just a few minutes ago from NBC's
George Wheeler, who has been with the American naval forces in the Channel
since before the invasion began:
Wheeler tells of the loss, during the first invasion phase, of a United
States destroyer, the name of which I am not yet privileged to disclose.
He says this destroyer had gone in quite close to the French shore, and, apparently one of the enemy shore batteries got her range and just pumped
her full of shells. George Wheeler says that as many of the destroyer's
crew as could, got off before she sank, and were picked up by a nearby
ship. But it's impossible at this time, he says, to say what percentage of
the destroyer's crew was saved.
After the destroyer was sunk, says Wheeler, the German battery was
silenced within three minutes by the venerable battleship NEVADA.
Well, that just goes to emphasize what I've been saying in these
broadcasts ever since the invasion began before yesterday's dawn: we're
bound to have many losses in all branches of the services, and it is only
safe to presume that some of them may be heavy losses.
NOTE: Positioned behind the Corry, the battleship
of the St. Marcouf/Crisbecq battery's three guns. The nearby destroyer USS Fitch
(DD-462) also brought sustained fire on the battery after the Corry was