Sunday, May 28, 2017
Legal legend and political leader Elliott Richardson participated in the D-Day invasion. From the D.C. Bar Archives, here is a brief interview that he gave about that ordeal. Here is an excerpt:
Those were the most intense experiences of my life. I suppose the most powerful attitude it burned into me was a disposition to take one thing at a time and push aside fear. I thought I was going to be killed. The casualties were so heavy, it was just a given. I learned to take each day, each mission, as it came. That’s an attitude I’ve carried into my professional life. I take each case, each job, as it comes. I think the war must have had quite a bit to do with that.
The other thing I came away with was a sense of our common humanity as individuals. During those many months of combat, I felt a very strong sense of the equal dignity and value of all my fellow soldiers. That too has stayed with me.