Although the Americans successfully breach the beaches, the fighting continues on throughout D-Day, June 6, 1944. Lt. Gordon Osland, 397th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, dies on Omaha Beach that afternoon when shrapnel strikes him in the chest, killing him instantly. He leaves behind a young wife, pregnant with their daughter.
His last letter to his wife and the telegram informing her of his death are part of the collection at The National WWII Museum.
Just got home from Bec’s 21st. Didn’t realise who was going to be there. Found out in the car on the way there that Tannon and Osland would be. And what always seems to happen when I’m around Tannon happened yet again.