65th D-Day Anniversary Commemoration Events

By Sgt. 1st Class John GonzalezJuly 9, 2009

Retired Col. Keith Nightingale, a former commander of both Ranger and 82nd Airborne battalions, and the 1st Ranger Training Brigade, lectures U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers at the monument atop of Pointe-Du-Hoc overlooking Omaha beach, June 5. The Rangers scaled the sheer cliffs to take out this German gun turret that watches over the coast. Today the site has a granite memorial to honor the 2nd Ranger Battalion and their heroic assault. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve and is supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies.
1 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Retired Col. Keith Nightingale, a former commander of both Ranger and 82nd Airborne battalions, and the 1st Ranger Training Brigade, lectures U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers at the monument atop of Pointe-Du-Hoc overlooking Omaha beach, June 5. The Rangers scaled the sheer cliffs to take out this German gun turret that watches over the coast. Today the site has a granite memorial to honor the 2nd Ranger Battalion and their heroic assault. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve and is supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies. (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the crowd and highlights the legacy entrusted to us by the WWII combat veterans that surround him here on June 6. The president was in Normandy to attend the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at
2 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the crowd and highlights the legacy entrusted to us by the WWII combat veterans that surround him here on June 6. The president was in Normandy to attend the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
Col (Ret) Keith Nightingale, a former commander of both Ranger and 82nd Airborne battalions, and the 1st Ranger Training Brigade, lectures U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers on the hill overlooking Omaha beach. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve and is supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies.
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3 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col (Ret) Keith Nightingale, a former commander of both Ranger and 82nd Airborne battalions, and the 1st Ranger Training Brigade, lectures U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers on the hill overlooking Omaha beach. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve and is supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
Maj. Gen. David A. Morris (right), comanding general for the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), is introduced to British WWII Veteran Geoff Noble (left) by his son Chris Noble here on June 4. Noble was a Royal Navy Wireman onboard Landing Craft Tank 1038 on Gold Beach on June 6, 1944.
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4 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. David A. Morris (right), comanding general for the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), is introduced to British WWII Veteran Geoff Noble (left) by his son Chris Noble here on June 4. Noble was a Royal Navy Wireman onboard Landing Craft Tank 1038 on Gold Beach on June 6, 1944. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Rich, with the 421st Quartermaster Company out of Ft. Valley, Ga., gives instructions to British paratroopers on the procedures for exiting a U.S. aircraft as part of a joint-service training here on May 29. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) headed Operation Air Drop Warrior, an Army Reserve mission designed to foster training between Army Reserve paratroopers and the British 4th Para Infantry Regiment, and to support airborne operations in Normandy, France.
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5 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Rich, with the 421st Quartermaster Company out of Ft. Valley, Ga., gives instructions to British paratroopers on the procedures for exiting a U.S. aircraft as part of a joint-service training here on May 29. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) headed Operation Air Drop Warrior, an Army Reserve mission designed to foster training between Army Reserve paratroopers and the British 4th Para Infantry Regiment, and to support airborne operations in Normandy, France. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
A paratrooper lands near the La Merderet River by La Fiere bridge commemorating the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies on June 6. Around 300 American, British, French and German paratroopers jumped to commemorate the airborne drop 65-years ago. The ceremony, held at the Iron Mike statue, was highlighted by the presence of over 25 Second World War veterans who participated in an airborne wing exchange between German and American paratroopers.
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6 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A paratrooper lands near the La Merderet River by La Fiere bridge commemorating the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies on June 6. Around 300 American, British, French and German paratroopers jumped to commemorate the airborne drop 65-years ago. The ceremony, held at the Iron Mike statue, was highlighted by the presence of over 25 Second World War veterans who participated in an airborne wing exchange between German and American paratroopers. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
Two C-130s fly over the hundreds of veterans, fans, and present day paratroopers near the Merderet River near La Fiere bridge for the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies on June 6. Around 300 American, British, French and German paratroopers jumped to commemorate the airborne drop 65-years ago. The ceremony, held at the Iron Mike statue, was highlighted by the presence of over 25 Second World War veterans who participated in an airborne wing exchange between German and American paratroopers.
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7 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Two C-130s fly over the hundreds of veterans, fans, and present day paratroopers near the Merderet River near La Fiere bridge for the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies on June 6. Around 300 American, British, French and German paratroopers jumped to commemorate the airborne drop 65-years ago. The ceremony, held at the Iron Mike statue, was highlighted by the presence of over 25 Second World War veterans who participated in an airborne wing exchange between German and American paratroopers. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
British paratroopers, or "Paras" as they are called, trained on May 30 with U.S. Soldiers as part of Operation Air Drop Warrior, a joint training exercise. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve and is supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies.
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8 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – British paratroopers, or "Paras" as they are called, trained on May 30 with U.S. Soldiers as part of Operation Air Drop Warrior, a joint training exercise. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve and is supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Reserve paratroopers train British Paras on May 30, as part of a joint-training exercise called Operation Air Drop Warrior. First Sgt. David S. Brunson, a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier with the 360th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne), located at Fort Jackson, Tennessee, a part of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), gives instructions to British paratroopers on the procedures for exiting a U.S. aircraft.
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9 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Army Reserve paratroopers train British Paras on May 30, as part of a joint-training exercise called Operation Air Drop Warrior. First Sgt. David S. Brunson, a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier with the 360th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne), located at Fort Jackson, Tennessee, a part of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), gives instructions to British paratroopers on the procedures for exiting a U.S. aircraft. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
D-Day enthusiasts from France suit up in full vintage U.S. Army uniforms from the World War II at a ceremony commemorating veterans of Omaha Beach, June 4.
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10 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – D-Day enthusiasts from France suit up in full vintage U.S. Army uniforms from the World War II at a ceremony commemorating veterans of Omaha Beach, June 4. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
A German band member and Soldier observes the solemn ceremony at the German cemetery on June 4. Over 200 people attended the commemoration service including American, German, British and French Soldiers.
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11 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A German band member and Soldier observes the solemn ceremony at the German cemetery on June 4. Over 200 people attended the commemoration service including American, German, British and French Soldiers. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C., pose in from of legendary Stonehenge. The Soldiers come from various units within USACAPOC(A), which has warrior citizens in 31 states and one territory (Puerto Rico). The Soldiers are in Europe conducting training and supporting Operation Air Drop Warrior, an Army Reserve Airborne mission supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies.
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12 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C., pose in from of legendary Stonehenge. The Soldiers come from various units within USACAPOC(A), which has warrior citizens in 31 states and one territory (Puerto Rico). The Soldiers are in Europe conducting training and supporting Operation Air Drop Warrior, an Army Reserve Airborne mission supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
Flowers and tombstones are the solemn reminders that honor fallen German soldiers on June 4. Over 200 people attended the commemoration service including American, German, British and French Soldiers.
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13 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Flowers and tombstones are the solemn reminders that honor fallen German soldiers on June 4. Over 200 people attended the commemoration service including American, German, British and French Soldiers. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. President Barack Obama, along with Britain's Prince Charles, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrive at the American Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer, France, to attend the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy ceremonies on June 6.
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14 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. President Barack Obama, along with Britain's Prince Charles, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrive at the American Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer, France, to attend the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy ceremonies on June 6. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
First Lady Michelle Obama greets a World War II veteran while Sgt. Major Brian Card looks on at the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies at Colleville Sur Mer, France, on June 6. Card, an Army Reserve Soldier, was escorting veterans at the event. He is assigned to the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), located At Fort Bragg, N.C.
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15 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – First Lady Michelle Obama greets a World War II veteran while Sgt. Major Brian Card looks on at the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies at Colleville Sur Mer, France, on June 6. Card, an Army Reserve Soldier, was escorting veterans at the event. He is assigned to the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), located At Fort Bragg, N.C. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
D-Day participants from Holland dress in WW II garb and ride around in a vintage jeep along Omaha beach here on June 6.
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16 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – D-Day participants from Holland dress in WW II garb and ride around in a vintage jeep along Omaha beach here on June 6. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
German and America Soldiers stand side-by-side, and were joined by over 30 German, American, British and French WWII veterans, to honor the fallen and commit to a partnership for peace here on June 5. Over 200 people attended the commemoration service.
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17 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – German and America Soldiers stand side-by-side, and were joined by over 30 German, American, British and French WWII veterans, to honor the fallen and commit to a partnership for peace here on June 5. Over 200 people attended the commemoration service. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
British "Paras" look on as they get instructed on the procedures for exiting a U.S. aircraft as part of a joint-service training here, May 29. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) headed Operation Air Drop Warrior, an Army Reserve mission designed to foster training between Army Reserve paratroopers and the British 4th Para Infantry Regiment, and to support airborne operations in Normandy, France.
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18 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – British "Paras" look on as they get instructed on the procedures for exiting a U.S. aircraft as part of a joint-service training here, May 29. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) headed Operation Air Drop Warrior, an Army Reserve mission designed to foster training between Army Reserve paratroopers and the British 4th Para Infantry Regiment, and to support airborne operations in Normandy, France. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
D-Day enthusiasts from England suit up in full vintage U.S. Army uniforms from the second World War at a ceremony commemorating veterans at the Airborne museum here, June 6.
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19 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – D-Day enthusiasts from England suit up in full vintage U.S. Army uniforms from the second World War at a ceremony commemorating veterans at the Airborne museum here, June 6. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Reserve paratroopers jump from British aircraft using British gear to earn their British parachute wings here, June 30, as part of a joint-training exercise called Operation Air Drop Warrior. The operation was an Army Reserve mission designed to foster training and camaraderie between the British "Paras" and Army Reserve paratroopers, and to support airborne operations commemorating the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies, June 6. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve.
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20 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Army Reserve paratroopers jump from British aircraft using British gear to earn their British parachute wings here, June 30, as part of a joint-training exercise called Operation Air Drop Warrior. The operation was an Army Reserve mission designed to foster training and camaraderie between the British "Paras" and Army Reserve paratroopers, and to support airborne operations commemorating the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies, June 6. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Reserve Maj. John M. Fisher, left, a member of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), stands side-by-side with his German counterpart along with over 30 German, American, British and French World War II veterans, to honor the fallen and commit to a partnership for peace here, June 5. Over 200 people attended the commemoration service.
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21 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Army Reserve Maj. John M. Fisher, left, a member of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), stands side-by-side with his German counterpart along with over 30 German, American, British and French World War II veterans, to honor the fallen and commit to a partnership for peace here, June 5. Over 200 people attended the commemoration service. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Reserve paratroopers with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), stands in front of St. Mere Eglise here, Jun 6. The Soldiers were taking part in commemorative ceremonies at the square for the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy.
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22 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Army Reserve paratroopers with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), stands in front of St. Mere Eglise here, Jun 6. The Soldiers were taking part in commemorative ceremonies at the square for the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Reserve Col. Edward Burley, commander of the 2nd Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), a part of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), stands in front of Army Reserve paratroopers and British PARAS from the 4th Battalion, a Territorial Army battalion of the parachute regiment consisting of volunteers who have civilian employment. The Soldiers were taking part in commemorative ceremonies at the St. Mere Eglise square for the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy.
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23 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Army Reserve Col. Edward Burley, commander of the 2nd Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), a part of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), stands in front of Army Reserve paratroopers and British PARAS from the 4th Battalion, a Territorial Army battalion of the parachute regiment consisting of volunteers who have civilian employment. The Soldiers were taking part in commemorative ceremonies at the St. Mere Eglise square for the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
German paratroopers, wearing their newly earned U.S. Airborne wings, stand side-by-side paratroopers from the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) in front of the church at St. Mere Eglise here, June 6. Soldiers from various countries were taking part in commemorative ceremonies at the square for the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy.
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24 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – German paratroopers, wearing their newly earned U.S. Airborne wings, stand side-by-side paratroopers from the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) in front of the church at St. Mere Eglise here, June 6. Soldiers from various countries were taking part in commemorative ceremonies at the square for the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
View of barbed wire fences along the top of Pointe-Du-Hoc with the Ranger monument in the background here, June 5. The Rangers scaled the sheer cliffs to take out this German gun turret that watches over the coast. Today the site has a granite memorial to honor the 2nd Ranger Battalion and their heroic assault. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve and is supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies.
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25 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – View of barbed wire fences along the top of Pointe-Du-Hoc with the Ranger monument in the background here, June 5. The Rangers scaled the sheer cliffs to take out this German gun turret that watches over the coast. Today the site has a granite memorial to honor the 2nd Ranger Battalion and their heroic assault. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve and is supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers from various U.S. and foreign commands, including the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) and the Special Operations Command Europe, stand in front of the church at St. Mere Eglise here, June 6. The Soldiers were taking part in commemorative ceremonies at the square for the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy.
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26 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from various U.S. and foreign commands, including the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) and the Special Operations Command Europe, stand in front of the church at St. Mere Eglise here, June 6. The Soldiers were taking part in commemorative ceremonies at the square for the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
The view from inside a German casemate through a barbed-wire fence overlooking of the rocky cliffs beaches of Normandy atop of Pointe-du-Hoc, June 5. On D-day the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled the sheer cliffs to take out this German gun turret that watches over the coast. Today the site has a granite memorial to honor the 2nd Ranger Battalion and their heroic assault.
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27 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The view from inside a German casemate through a barbed-wire fence overlooking of the rocky cliffs beaches of Normandy atop of Pointe-du-Hoc, June 5. On D-day the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled the sheer cliffs to take out this German gun turret that watches over the coast. Today the site has a granite memorial to honor the 2nd Ranger Battalion and their heroic assault. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Soldiers pose with Second World War veteran Julius Eisner, a pathfinder with "D" Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, a part of the 82nd Airborne Division. He was one of the first paratroopers on the ground on D-Day and jumped in around 1:21 am, June 6, 1944, Drop Zone "Oscar", near St. Mere Eglise, approximately 30 minutes before the main assault body. This particular regiment was one of the few who actually landed where they were supposed to land.
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28 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Soldiers pose with Second World War veteran Julius Eisner, a pathfinder with "D" Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, a part of the 82nd Airborne Division. He was one of the first paratroopers on the ground on D-Day and jumped in around 1:21 am, June 6, 1944, Drop Zone "Oscar", near St. Mere Eglise, approximately 30 minutes before the main assault body. This particular regiment was one of the few who actually landed where they were supposed to land. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
German, American, British and French Soldiers stood side-by-side, along with over 30 German, American, British and French WWII veterans, to honor the fallen and commit to path of cooperation and partnership for peace here on June 5. The German Ambassador reiterated that we must learn from the past so as to not make the same mistakes and the need to work to create a peaceful future. Over 200 people attended the commemoration service.
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29 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – German, American, British and French Soldiers stood side-by-side, along with over 30 German, American, British and French WWII veterans, to honor the fallen and commit to path of cooperation and partnership for peace here on June 5. The German Ambassador reiterated that we must learn from the past so as to not make the same mistakes and the need to work to create a peaceful future. Over 200 people attended the commemoration service. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Soldiers take time to meet Second World War veteran Julius Eisner here on June 5. Eisner was a pathfinder with 'D' Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. He was one of the first paratroopers on the ground on D-Day and jumped in around 1:21 am, June 6, 1944, Drop Zone 'Oscar', near St. Mere Eglise, approximately 30 minutes before the main assault body. This particular regiment was one of the few who actually landed where they were supposed to land. He shared stories of the old 82nd Airborne Division and is a living inspiration to a whole new generation of airborne paratroopers.
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30 / 30 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Soldiers take time to meet Second World War veteran Julius Eisner here on June 5. Eisner was a pathfinder with 'D' Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. He was one of the first paratroopers on the ground on D-Day and jumped in around 1:21 am, June 6, 1944, Drop Zone 'Oscar', near St. Mere Eglise, approximately 30 minutes before the main assault body. This particular regiment was one of the few who actually landed where they were supposed to land. He shared stories of the old 82nd Airborne Division and is a living inspiration to a whole new generation of airborne paratroopers. " (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class John Gonzalez) VIEW ORIGINAL