Normandy trip planned for D-Day veteran in St. Johns County

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A trip of a lifetime is how Herb Griffin sizes up what St. Johns County firefighters are working to make happen for him.

Griffin, 88, is a D-Day invasion veteran and has not been back to where he fought as an Army soldier in 1944. A trip to Normandy, France is on is wish list; firefighters say that's possible.

Griffin credits firefighters for being there for him we he needed help and took him to the hospital. Now, firefighters who got to know the retired postal worker following fire house visits want to help him.

"Mr. Griffin is part of the Greatest Generation ... this is an opportunity to give back to the Greatest Generation," said firefighter David Franklin, who is helping raise the money needed for the Normandy trip. The goal is $8,500 to send Griffin along with his brother Ed to France.

"I would crawl if I had to to get back to see where I was that many years ago," said Griffin.

Griffin said the helping hand was something he never expected, nor did he ever expect to return to France where he participated in 1944 as a young soldier landing on Utah Beach.

"I have mixed feelings about it. I left a lot of people I know, a lot of friends," said Griffin

Now 70 years later he prepares for the chance to return thanks he says to his friends at the fire station.

To learn how you can help Herb get back to France, visit his GoFundMe site.


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