SH11K072WWIINORMANDY-RS Nov. 9, 2011 -- Clarence Mason, 90, walks quietly across Sword Beach, one of the five beach landing sites on D-Day, after gathering a hand full of pebbles and shells to take back to Memphis. For Mason returning home from the war was bittersweet. He left France where African-Americans were accepted, to return home to his family in the segregated south. (SHNS photo by Mike Brown / The Commercial Appeal) (RS) (WWII)

SH11K072WWIINORMANDY-RS Nov. 9, 2011 -- Clarence Mason, 90, walks quietly across Sword Beach, one of the five beach landing sites on D-Day, after gathering a hand full of pebbles and shells to take back to Memphis. For Mason returning home from the war was bittersweet. He left France where African-Americans were accepted, to return home to his family in the segregated south. (SHNS photo by Mike Brown / The Commercial Appeal) (RS) (WWII)

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