BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Joseph P. Vaghi Jr., a World War II veteran thought to be the last surviving U.S. Navy beachmaster who landed at Normandy on D-Day to direct troops, has died. He was 92.
His son, Joe Vaghi III, says Vaghi died Saturday at a retirement home in Bethesda.
Vaghi was the youngest of 18 beachmasters who went ashore at Omaha Beach at 7:30 a.m. on June 6, 1944. There he directed landings of Allied troops on the shore amid German gunfire and helped treat and evacuate wounded soldiers.
Vaghi was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions at Normandy and wrote about his experience. He later worked as an architect.
In 1995, Vaghi accompanied Vice President Al Gore to Europe to mark the 50th anniversary of victory in World War II.
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