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.