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Foundation compiles first list of Allied dead at Normandy

So far, researcher has identified 3,700 of estimated 4,400 killed

July 25, 2002|By David Lamb | David Lamb,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

` Emblematic'

William McIntosh, a retired Army colonel who is president of the D-Day foundation, says the point is insignificant. Bedford was chosen as the site for the memorial - and the plaques listing the dead - because, "It is emblematic of all the American heartland communities, large and small, that have provided citizen soldiers," he said.

McIntosh said the foundation's future is not threatened by debt - which, although decreased, still stands at $4.3 million - or by the indictment last month of Richard Burrow, 35, a Roanoke engineer who was hired in 1996 to build the memorial. He is accused of fraud for allegedly misleading lenders in his haste to secure loans to finish the site in time for its dedication last summer. He has pleaded not guilty and is not charged with having gained personally from the transactions.

"He was working his fanny off to get that thing finished," said D-Day veteran Bob Slaughter of Roanoke, who spearheaded the idea to build a memorial and who has started a defense fund for Burrow to which many vets have contributed. "He was doing this for us. That's why we're standing behind him."

David Lamb is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, a Tribune Publishing newspaper.

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