TOMS RIVER – A book signing will be held for a biography of Leonard “Bud” Lomell at the American Legion at 2025 Church Road, starting at 3 p.m. on May 6.
“Len Lomell – D Day Hero,” was written by Steven M. Gillon, Professor at the University of Oklahoma, and a frequent commentator on the History Channel.
The book is about Bud Lomell, of the Army Rangers, who scaled the cliffs in Normandy on June 6, 1944 and disabled five German artillery guns saving countless Allied lives, explained township historian Mark Mutter. The famed WW2 historian Stephen Ambrose always said that next to Eisenhower’s decision to launch the cross channel invasion, what Bud Lomell did was the most important act of guaranteeing success on D-Day. Mutter, a friend of Lomell’s, was interviewed for the book.
Local officials are working to get the new veterans clinic on Hooper Avenue named for Lomell. Currently a road and a room in town hall are named after him.