Dr. Charles N. Accettola, 90, who set up the first medical camp at Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion of France, died Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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.
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.