General Theodore Roosevelt Jr did not live for long after the Normandy landings of World War II. As it turned out, he had not died from wounds sustained during battle. Rather, having suffered from illness since the First World War, the 56-year-old Roosevelt Jr had suffered a heart attack the day before this photograph was taken. July 13th of 1944.
17 Sep 39: American aviation hero Charles Lindbergh makes his first anti-intervention radio speech, supported by former president Herbert Hoover, Theodore Roosevelt Jr, Henry Ford and others. After the attack on Pearl Harbor on 07 Dec 41, growing support for the AFC will come to an abrupt halt and the Committee will disband four days later. #WWI
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.
"Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., assistant commander of the 1st Infantry Division, seen here at the Tunisian front. An accomplished author, diplomat, businessman, and soldier, he was erudite and valorous; but in tattered fatigues and wool cap, he could be mistaken for a battalion cook." -Rick Atkinson, "An Army at Dawn"
"Madame Simone Renaud tended graves of American GIs killed during World War II. Here, she places flowers on the grave of Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. A similar photograph ran in Life magazine in 1944."