Before meeting Mr. Nordenmeyer, I had been misinformed about some details about his service. I learned through our conversation that he did not land on Omaha beach but had seen it from a distance on board an ship. However this did not lessen the story he was to tell me nor did it ever lessen the honor of getting the chance to meet him. He told me and apologized during our conversation that his memory of June 6, 1944 as well as about his service has faded a lot. He told me that he can recall some details but not a whole lot. Mr. Nordenmeyer joined the navy sometime after war was declared. He had joined the navy through the encouragement of his father who had fought during the First World War. He had told Mr. Nordenmeyer that the navy was 'better.' He wanted to be on a PT boat, but they were in need of medics and sent him to medical school. He told me that they had learned almost every aspect about medical stuff such as X-Rays, how a hospital works, what instruments they needed, etc. When he got to Britain he was put on board LST 533. When we got to discussing D-Day, he told me that he didn't understand the significance of that day until later. "I was just a medic." he said. "I didn't know what was going on. I didn't know what D-Day was." Some of the details that he remembered about that day was that it was sunny. He remembered seeing destroyers shelling German positions and seeing the Air Force fly over and drop so many bombs on the beaches. "Killed everything in my imagination." he told me. He said that there couldn't have been a "rabbit" or "squirrel" living, but the Germans survived. I asked what he could remember about treating the wounded coming in from Omaha and he told me that the Lord has blessed him by blocking out his memory to a lot of those details. However he did mention that he saw, through the men that he treated, the power of the German machine gun. There was a lot of men that he saw going off in the Higgins boats and come back no much longer on stretchers. He described a bit of the process in treating the wounded such as cutting their uniforms and sterilizing their wounds with powder. A lot of his work included helping the surgeons as they treated the soldiers. He told me that whenever they asked for an instrument you had to immediately hand it to them with almost no hesitation. "I did what I was told." he said to me. "We treated every man that came on that ship." When it came to treating the men they had all the equipment that they needed and they had the best surgeons. Out of curiosity I asked if he ever treated any German soldiers and he said yes. He treated them like any other soldier he told me. There was no bitterness for they were kids like he was (Mr. Nordenmeyer was 19 I believe at this time); the only difference was that "I hated Hitler." When it comes down to what he did as a medic and probably helped save the lives of many men, he is always humble about it. "I don't see myself as a hero."