BRYAN, Texas — More than 75 years have passed since D-Day, but the impact of those involved is still felt today.
The Brazos Valley The Museum of the American G.I is giving people a more human look to the historical battle and a local legend involved in it.
Their D-Day Plus 84 exhibit goes through the timeline of the events in Normandy from June to August.
"[It] follows the progression of the battle through the first 84 days,” said museum director, Leisha Mullins.
Artifacts and mementos from from Aggie legend Earl Rudder make up a significant part of the exhibit.
As many know, Colonel Rudder was the Commander of the Historic Pointe du Hoc Battle, which was part of the invasion of Normandy, he later served as president of Texas A&M and helped make the university what it is today.
Although many across the Brazos Valley at least know Colonel Rudder’s significance, this exhibit gives an inside into the legendary Aggie's life during and after the war.
“What we have on display is colonel rudder’s trunk that he used during World War II , some German helmets and some little pamphlets and articles that he carried,” Mullins said.
And among all the of war, there is a special connection he shared with his eldest son.
“Ten years after D-Day he went back with his oldest son ... so people can actually read that article and go ‘wow’ ... here was this hero he’s showing this place off to his son,” she said.
“I just think it’s very important to recognize and honor earl rudder in regards to his contributions at D-Day... but then he came back and had such an impact on our community.”