I had a friend named Ed Cole, who died a few years ago at age 90. He played trumpet in Tommy Dorsey’s band.
Ed also went ashore on June 6, 1944 at Utah Beach, as a Medic. He told me they were up all day on June 5th and all night, loading the ships and crossing the English Channel before going ashore. Everyone was sick in the landing craft boats because the seas were so rough. They went ashore without sleep, exhausted and seasick. I shall not forget him.