Despite a heart condition and arthritis that forced him to use a cane, Brig. General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. led the assault on Utah Beach, landing with the first wave of troops. He died in France less than a month later of a heart attack.
Patton & Teddy Roosevelt Jr (1943) This past week I spoke with a D Day veteran who told us he was on the same vessel going into Normandy as Teddy Roosevelt (the younger). He was helped over the side by a man who said "Good luck son." Not having a clue who that man was he got into the LST. Another fellow said. "Do you know who that was! That was Gen. Roosevelt!.
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, Jr. was an American political and business leader, a Medal of Honor recipient who fought in both of the 20th century's world wars. He was the eldest son of President Theodore Roosevelt from his second wife Edith Roosevelt. Roosevelt was instrumental in the forming of the American Legion in 1919.
Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt - was the first wife of Theodore Roosevelt. She was stirkingly beautiful, with a cheerful disposition so that she was called "Sunshine" by her friends & family. They married in 1880. She died just 2 days after giving birth to their 1st child, Alice. Her husband was so distraught (he also lost his 49 yr old mother the same day, that he never spoke of it again).
Ted Roosevelt was one of the first soldiers off his landing craft as he led the U.S. 4th Infantry Division's 8th Infantry Regiment and 70th Tank Battalion landing at Utah Beach on D-Day. Like his father, Teddy Roosevelt, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. They are one of only two father-son recipients of the Medal of Honor. (The other father-son combo is Arthur MacArthur and Douglas MacArthur.)