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The preparations culminated on 5 June, when USS Ancon got underway for Baie de la Seine, France. She served as flagship for the assault forces that landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy. Throughout the invasion, the ship provided instructions for forces both afloat and ashore. She transferred various units of the Army command to headquarters ashore and made her small boats available to other ships to carry personnel and materials to the beachhead. On 27 June, she got underway to return to England and, the next day, arrived at Portland. George Hicks, a radio journalist, broadcast the invasion live. The New York World-Telegram called his broadcast "The greatest recording yet to come out of the war."

From the decks of the USS Ancon
Evening of June 6th 1944

George Hicks from the USS Ancon