June 2002


The American cemetary was first placed here 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.
Km 0 bollard, Highway to freedom 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.



Church with John Steele John Steele on the church tower John Steele on the church tower John Steele on the church tower
M4A1(76)W with HVSS Sherman Tank 57mm anti aircraft guns Monument dedicated to the paratroopers