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He was the 1st American to land on D-Day. Now his boots offer a legacy in leather

Col. Leonard Schroeder grew up in Baltimore. He was living in Augusta, Ga. when he deployed to France. He is credited as the first American to step foot on Normandy Beach on D-Day in 1944. “I’m proud that it happened to be my dad,” said Jane, who now lives in Largo. “It was such a moment in history.” Col. Schroeder’s boots sit on her dining room table next to photos and newspaper clippings of his heroics. He was awarded many military honors, including a Purple Heart.