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Charles Accettola, key D-Day medic

FORT LAUDERDALE , Fla. -- Dr. Charles N. Accettola, who set up the first medical camp at Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion of France, died Wednesday, said relatives. He was 90.

Dr. Accettola joined the Army Medical Corps in 1942 and served with the 348th Engineers Combat Battalion during World War II.

On D-Day, he set up the first medical camp at the Normandy landing site. He became a battalion surgeon in combat zones, leading a medical detachment of 15 men.

Dr. Accettola was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.

After the war, Dr. Accettola returned to New York and eventually started a private practice specializing in internal medicine and blood disorders.

He helped train medical students at Staten Island Hospital, and the facility's medical library was named after him in 1989, a year after he retired and moved to Fort Lauderdale.

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