Two local men in their 90s, who weren't yet in their 20s when they played a role in the most massive military assault from the sea the world has ever seen, shared some war stories 75 years to the day after the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

"I can't remember how our day went. I didn't think about anything. I just remember the firepower — especially the overhead firepower — and the machine gun chatter that vibrated on the water. The most vivid thing in my mind about the invasion was the noise. It was war," recalled Ben Asquith of Dayton, then a 19-year-old U.S. Navy Chief Mechanic on a 50-foot landing craft that transported hundreds of soldiers from warships to Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.