98-year-old Arkansas WWII veteran who participated in Normandy invasion passes away

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Denman E. Wolfe, 98, died Thursday evening at the Arkansas State Veterans Home in North Little Rock.

Wolfe was the last surviving Arkansas-based member of the World War II United States Army Rangers unit to storm the beaches of Normandy in 1944.

He died of natural causes.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement about his passing:

“With the passing of Denman E. Wolfe, we have lost another member of that great generation who was eyewitness to the horror of World War II and who risked his life to bring it to an end. As a 23-year-old private, Mr. Wolfe was one of thousands of American soldiers, and one of the elite Rangers, who waded ashore on D-Day to help secure Omaha Beach at Normandy. I am grateful for his service in the liberation of Europe. I am thankful for his life, and I was saddened to learn of his passing.”

Wolfe was assigned to the 5th Ranger Battalion, Company D.

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