Photos: WWII vet reflects on D-Day experience

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Army veteran Ross Milianti, 89, of Mandeville, photographed Wednesday, June 4, 2014, fought the Germans on D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Army veteran Ross Milianti, 89, of Mandeville, received a Bronze Star, photographed Wednesday, June 4, 2014, that he was awarded for heroism during the Battle of the Bulge.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Army veteran Ross Milianti, right, and his wife Dorothy, photographed Wednesday, June 4, 2014, their Mandeville home. Ross Milianti fought the Germans on D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Army veteran Ross Milianti, right, gets a kiss from his wife Dorothy, on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at their Mandeville home. Ross Milianti fought the Germans on D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- A photograph of the cruise liner Queen Mary, which took troops between the United States and England, and a portrait of a young Ross Milianti, who was drafted when he was 18 years old, are displayed Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at the Mandeville home of Milianti, now 89-years old. He fought the Germans on D-Day and at the Battle of the Bulge.

  • A man stands on a jeep on the beach of Arromanches, western France, Thursday June 5, 2014. World leaders and veterans prepare to mark the 70th anniversary of the invasion this week in Normandy. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)