the inscription on the monument is in French and English and reads
PARATROOPS LIBERATE THE DISTRICT.
In addition to the June 3 ceremonies, there was a wreath-laying
|The Douglas C-47 Dakota or Skytrain
was one of the most succesful aircraft ever, praised
by General Eisenhower as being among the most important instruments of victory in WWII.
C-47's carried supplies and were used as troop transports and glider tugs during the invasion
This C-47 was the first plane in the jump demonstration at Ste. Mere Eglise; however, the
chute of one of the paratroopers did not completely open. He survived, but with so many
broken bones that a helicopter had to fly in from Cherbourg to evacuate him, and the planes
carrying the modern US paratroopers had to circle the area for more than an hour before
they could complete their jump demonstration.
|Re-enactor portraying one of the "Filthy 13" the 506th REGT HQ
demolitions section that became famous for its training antics and for
shaving Mohawks on their heads for their jump into Normandy. Parat-
roopers from The Filthy 13 seized the Carentan Bridge and inspired
the movie The Dirty Dozen.
|HBO Special Production Office at Utah Beach:
about 50 technicians were needed
along with some forty tons of material to build temporary structures for this event. There
was two large tents, one to show the film and the other where some 1,000 guests were
served lunch and dinner. The giant screen was15 ft by 30 ft. The tents, each 210 ft long
by 120 ft wide, were erected on each side of the esplanade.
|Four French Air Force Mirage jets fly over
the Utah Beach Museum and memorials.
Following the flyover, HBO Band of Brothers executive producer Tom Hanks; Richard
Winters (E Co, 2-506th PIR CO); and French Officials laid wreaths honoring the fallen. The
Easy Company veterans are wearing yellow jackets. The memorial in the foreground reads:
TO THE MEMORY OF THE HEROIC DEAD OF THE 90TH INFANTRY DIVISION
U.S. ARMY 6 JUNE 1944 - 9 MAY 1945
|Forty-seven veterans of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion,
506th PIR were honored at the D-Day
ceremonies on Utah Beach. Nearly 20 Easy Company widows, along with other family members
and many of the HBO Band of Brothers cast members made the trip. This photo was taken as
the US National Anthem was being played.
|Bottom Row (L-R): Roderick
G. Bain; SFC(R) Clarence O. "Clancy" Lyall; Darrell
C. "Shifty" Powers;
Frank J. Perconte; Salvatore F. Bellino; Stephen E. Grodzki; Jack E. Foley; Herbert J. Suerth
|Middle Row (L-R): Donald
G. Malarkey; J. B. Stokes; Paul C. Rogers; Earl E. McClung; Norman
W. Neitzke; Forrest Guth; Roderick G. Strohl; Frank J. Soboleski; Lynn "Buck" Compton
|Top Row (L-R): Donald L.
King; Henry C. "Hank" Zimmerman; Philip P. Perugini;
James H. Alley;
Richard D. Winters; Ronald C. "Sparky" Speirs; Lester A. Hashey