AVENTURA (CBSMiami) – On the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, a local World War Two veteran recalled his experiences serving in the army.

Abe  Stein, 93, says he’ll never forget the war.  He was working in a medical chapter of the U.S. Army.

He told CBS4’s Maggie Newland he remembers preparing for D-Day.

“The day before we went down to South Hampton to set up our supplies for D-Day and worked around the clock without even sleeping,” Stein said, adding, “We knew that medicine would have to be ready – worked all the way around the clock. We heard the next day what happened and the day after we left.

The medics were warned many lives would be lost and many soldiers would be hurt.

Watch Maggie Newland’s report, click here. 

“There would be some damage, and boy was there,” recalled Stein.

When he landed in Normandy, Stein said the danger became real. “We got onto  I think it was Utah and all the sudden the ammunition blew up and oh my goodness we jumped down the holes we could find.”

His brothers and sister also served in World War Two.  They all came home, but memories of the war sometimes still bring Stein to tears.

The pain of war is still real, 70 later,  but so is the pride.  Stein’s service earned him many medals and commendations, and he will always hold his experience in the army close to his heart.


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