Ray Lambert is no hero, he says. "I'm just — I'm a veteran."
The 98-year-old recounted his D-Day memories to "CBS This Morning."
He is one of the few remaining veterans of the World War II invasion that occurred 75 years ago this week.
The Allied assault on Nazi-held northern France was one of the most brutal events in the war.
Lambert was a medic, tending to at least 15 wounded men while being shot at by German soldiers as thousands of Allied troops landed by sea.
More than 4,000 Allied soldiers died in the beachhead landings.
"Those guys that are buried out there in front of us, the guys that gave so much, young guys, never had homes, never had families, never (got) to play ball with their children or son," Lambert said.
The landings, in military terms, was a success, with Allied forces using it as a foothold to beat back German occupiers.
The maneuvers have been lionized in modern history and dramatized in film, including Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan."
But to those who actually served, it is an unforgettable series of memories that constituted real life.
"There is hardly a day goes by that I haven't thought of ... some soldier or some incident that happened," Lambert said.