First we drove to Sainte-Mère-Eglise and there we found John Steele still on the church tower. He has been there almost 60 years now.
In the darkness around 1:00 am, there had been some 15,000 paratroopers from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions jumping around the town. The jump wasn’t exactly at the right place, so a lot of paratroopers had either gotten lost or drowned in the swamps around the city. John Steele and a couple of paratroopers from the 82nd landed on the square of Sainte-Mère-Eglise where everybody was awake to put out a burning fire. The Germans only had to shoot them out the sky. Cleverly, John Steele stayed on a corner of the tower with his parachute.
At 4.30 am the paratroopers succeeded to conquer Sainte-Mère-Eglise. With this they cut off the highway between Carentan and Cherbourg.
In this town were the first two American cemeteries. Later on, the bodies were buried at Colleville-sur-Mer.
We visited Musée Airborne, this is a museum about the operations from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. You can take a look in an airplane and see the paratroopers, ready to jump.
In 1947 the Liberty Highway was opened. This is a road from the 3rd US Army to the German frontier and is signed with special bollards. It runs from Utah Beach to Bastogne in Belgium.