That was Jim Mitsdarffer of Champaign, who served in World War II and landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He was taken captive during the war. Mitsdarffer spoke with Illinois Public Radio in 1994, just before the 50th anniversary of D-Day. He died in 2000.
Another veteran interviewed in 2007 was Milt Crippin of Danville. He landed on Utah Beach on D-Day. He says the biggest problem on that day was getting onto the beach.
That was Milt Crippin of Danville speaking about his time during World War II. Crippin landed on Utah Beach on D-Day. He died in 2008.