William F. Day, 76, D-Day veteran, firefighter William...

March 11, 2002

William F. Day, 76, D-Day veteran, firefighter

William F. Day, a retired Baltimore firefighter and World War II veteran who participated in the Normandy invasion, died Wednesday of lung cancer at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown. He was 76.

An Owings Mills resident, Mr. Day joined the Baltimore Fire Department in 1949 and spent most of his career with Truck Company 12 at Garrison and Liberty Heights avenues, where he was a tillerman on hook-and-ladder trucks. He retired in 1978 after being injured during a Woodlawn house fire.

Mr. Day was born in Baltimore and raised in Woodberry. He earned his General Educational Development certificate after service in World War II.

During the war, Mr. Day served in the Navy aboard landing craft and the USS General T.H. Bliss. On June 6, 1944, he served aboard landing craft that took ashore soldiers who landed at Normandy.

He recently received a decoration presented by the French government in recognition of his participation in Operation Overlord and the invasion of Normandy.

An avid reader of world war history, Mr. Day had a large library devoted to the subject, family members said.

He attended Stone Chapel United Methodist Church.

Services were held Friday.

Mr. Day is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Gladys V. Jamerson; a son, Frank Day of Owings Mills; two granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters. His daughter, Nan Day Bunn, died last month.

Correction

Margaret O. van Reuth: An obituary published yesterday failed to include a grandson among the survivors. The obituary also omitted information about memorial contributions, which may be made to the Junior League of Baltimore Marge van Reuth Fund for the Wise Penny, 3818 Roland Ave., Baltimore 21211.

The Sun regrets the errors.

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