The Oklahoma men's basketball team continued its five-game tour through Belgium and France with a 109-64 blowout of Charenton in Paris on Wednesday.
Sunday, the Sooners took a tour of the Normandy area of northern France, the region where the Allies launched the "D-Day" invasion in World War II.
The team traveled to Omaha Beach, touring the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.
The team found the grave of George Washington Paden, a Sand Springs native who, as a member of the U.S. Army's 66th Infantry Division, died on Christmas in 1944 when his ship was sunk by a German U-boat in the English Channel.
Paden's grandson, Andy Paden, is the former director of the OU Athletics Development office.
"Interesting to see the players' reaction," Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. "Kind of a sober mood. Obviously this took place well before their time, but they've heard the stories and they've heard relatives tell them stories. You can't walk into this cemetery without having some feelings about a lot of things."
During the visit, the team met Charles Hearn, a 91-year-old veteran of the 94th Infantry Division. Hearn, who fought in World War II's Battle of the Bulge, has a brother who lives in Midwest City.
"It was really cool to meet Mr. Hearn," Sooners senior Tyler Neal said. "You see veterans back home and you hear stories, but it's pretty rare that you get to be with a veteran on an actual battlefield. That was probably the highlight of the day."
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