CALIFORNIA CITY –  Longtime California City resident and World War II veteran Henry Ochsner has died. He was 96.

Ochsner originally belonged to the 321st Glider Artillery Battalion during World War II. He later transferred to the 101st Airborne as a paratrooper in the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the regiment that was home to Easy Co. of Band of Brothers fame. He landed behind enemy lines on D-Day in support of the Normandy invasion.

In 2017 Ochsner and nine other veterans were awarded France’s National Order of the Legion of Honor during a ceremony at Los Angeles National Cemetery.

Ochsner married Violet Jenson in 1947. He is survived by his wife, four daughters and two granddaughters. Funeral plans are pending.

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