By Ward Stone

James “Jim” Dietrich on June 5 in the front seat of a PT-17 preparing for takeoff as part of the 75th anniversary of D-Day celebration. This aircraft was the WWII primary flight trainer for all US and Canadian pilots.
A WWII veteran is in the front seat of each PT-17 aircraft during the 75th anniversary of D-Day celebration on June 5. Jim Dietrich, of Patrick County, is in the trail aircraft.
Jim Dietrich (left), with son-in-law, Ward Stone at the Bernard L. Marie 35th annual WWII dinner on June 5.
Veterans with their designated guest for “The Final Salute” at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford on June 6. James “Jim” Dietrich is pictured in the third row, third from the right.

James “Jim” Dietrich, a new resident of Patrick County and the father of Shelly Stone, participated in events dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Operation Overload, commonly referred to as the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, France; or simply D-Day. As a World War II veteran, Dietrich was invited to participate in events in and around the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford last week.  

On Wednesday, June 5th, Dietrich traveled to Lynchburg’s regional…

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