Rick Carrier grew up near Pittsburgh during the Great Depression. He went on to join the U.S Army as an engineer and was one of the brave soldiers tasked with storming the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. On April 11, 1945, he stumbled across what he thought was a supply camp and thereby liberated the prisoners of Buchenwald. Carrier’s military career was action-packed, but short-lived. After the war he went to Paris to study art, later working in the film business. Rick lives in Chealsea, New York and is a grandfather of two.