Veterans

Lester K. Metz, fought during D-Day, dead at 98

Lester K. Metz served in the Army during World War II.

Lester K. Metz served in the Army during World War II.  (Courtesy of the Metz family)

Lester K. Metz, an army veteran who took part in the D-Day invasion and later worked as a rocket powder manufacturer, died Sunday in his Salt Lake City home, his family told the Associated Press. He was 98.

The Maryland-born Metz enlisted in the military in 1941 and stormed Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944 as a member of Battery A of the 29th Division Field Artillery. After he was discharged in 1945, he worked for a manufacturer of rocket powder.

Metz moved to Utah in 1965. He’s survived by his wife, Olive, and a brother.