Major General Milnor Roberts

James Milnor Roberts, Jr.
Major General USA, Retired










WEBWORKS by Sandra Schmidt


Major General James Milnor Roberts


Gen. Roberts was commissioned a second Lieutenant, Infantry, from ROTC at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa. in May 1940. He entered the active duty in January 1942. Following assignment as CO, Co. E, 88th Glider Infantry, he participated in the landing at Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944 as Aide-de-Camp to Lieutenant General Leonard T. Gerow, CG, V Corps.

General Roberts has spoken on numerous occasions, in a wide variety of locations, around the world.


is a DVD containing 6 recent speeches describing the General's recollections and the significance of this important event in American history. Click on the audio icon above to listen to a few minues of Gen. Roberts speaking. Below are a few excerpts from his recent speeches. Information on how to order the series follows at the bottom of the page.


1.   "I Was There, June 6, 1944," The French Legion of Honor, June 6, 2004.

"I have been asked how I survived the landing on Omaha, and the answer is this: I did not inflate my air belt. I had watched those before me leaving the LCI and turn over, top heavy and unable to right themselves. And secondly, I was just tall enough to jump the waves. I did fear that I would not be able to breath, or, that I would step into a deep chasm and drown, not being able to swim with all the weight I was carrying."


2.   "D-Day In Normandy," Dwight D Eisenhower Society, 1994.

"On "D-Day," 6 June 1944 when I found my buddy dead from a shot in his forehead. I asked Why? Why him and not I? And to myself, I said "There must be a reason."

"Perhaps that is what I was meant to do. Maybe the answer to the "Why" was just that-to encourge young men and women to be proud to serve their country. I believe, among other things, that is what I was meant to do-and so, that is what I did!!!


3.   "American Red Cross," April 8, 2005.

"Overseas we could count on the volunteers of the American Red Cross, even near the front lines, they were there to bring comfort to us, whether by the mail or a smile, a cup of hot coffee, kind word, or a warm touch of the hand. And they were there at great peril to themselves."


4.   "D-Day Plans," Eisenhower Farm, September 17, 2005.

"As I crawled by an allied tank, I could hear the men inside screaming--the tank had been hit and was on fire--but there was nothing any of us could do. That signt and sound will ive with me the rest of my days, as will the sight of my buddy who had made it to shore with me, only to be hit squarely in the head with a bullet piercing his helment."


5.   "Gilders"

"During training we did have successful landings and survived the impact. It would be diferent in Normandy, where the only way to stop the Gliders would be to guide between two trees to knock the wings off those canvas birds."


6.   "The Night Before D-Day."

"Once I reached the top of the bluff, I turned to look out over the English Channel. It was just something else. The largest armada of battleships, cruisers, destroyers, and merchant vessels ever assembled anywhere on Earth could be seen stretching all the way to the horizon. The awesome sight of that power and force, assembled, literally, to save the world, was simply unforgettable. For the Germans, this sight would prove to be the sign of their ultimate defeat. The landings on D-Day would come to be regarded as the beginning of the end of World War II."

For a copy of this DVD, please send a check or money order for $14.98 ($12.98 plus $2.00 shipping and handling) to:

General J. Milnor Roberts, Jr.
c/o Generally Speaking
P.O. Box 2160
Arlington, VA 22202

Generally Speaking® is General J. Milnor Roberts, Jr.'s sole representative. If you find others displaying his likeness or material, please write to him at the above address. Thank you and God bless.

Copyright © 2006, Generally Speaking®. All rights reserved.   Click here to view patent certificate.