"Trying to stay alive," was the response from World War II Veteran Calvin Giles when asked what he was doing on D-Day.
June 6, 2019, marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy and the D-Day Landings.
The D stands simple for "day," the designation traditionally used for the date of any important military operation or invasion, according to the National World War II Museum.
Giles told 2News:
It was sad. The landing craft landed in deep water and a lot of soldiers drowned.
WWII Veterans Robert McBride said he was working on B-17s and Raymond Brim said he was flying them. In fact, Brim said he flew 25 missions out of England.
Click the video above to view more of their personal accounts of the day more than 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed.