D-Day 2001 Memorial Ceremonies
Normandy, France

Ste. Mere Eglise
June 3, 2001

photos from Donald van den Bogert, The Netherlands
Ste. Mere Eglise Square

Monument to the 82nd and 101st Divisions in the square at Ste. Mere Eglise:
the inscription on the monument is in French and English and reads

5TH, 6TH JUNE 1944. THE 82ND AND 101ST DIV. U.S.A.

In addition to the June 3 ceremonies, there was a wreath-laying ceremony
at this monument at 12:15 p.m. on June 6, 2001.

Paratroop Drop
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
of Europe.

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.

Filthy 13 Re-enactor
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.

Utah Beach
June 6, 2001

HBO Special Production Office
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.

French Air Force Flyover
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:
U.S. ARMY 6 JUNE 1944 - 9 MAY 1945

Easy Company Veterans

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


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