David Osler, 93, was a promising artist when he realized his draft number was coming up. His brother convinced him to enlist in the Navy to avoid the Army. He thought the Navy would place him in a job similar to his skills but instead he went to work on a repair ship in North Africa.
Eventually, when he was 23, he was transferred to the USS Thomas Jefferson, where he commanded five landing craft assault vehicles in the first wave of the first attack on Omaha Beach. The Jefferson’s mission was to get 300 of the Army’s 116th regiment, 29th Division, safely to the French shore.