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Friday, May 30, 2014

French survivors keep D-Day gratitude alive

A dummy paratrooper representing a WWII paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne hangs on the belltower of Sainte Mere Eglise, in Normandy, France. During the drop, American paratrooper John Steele's parachute got caught on the church spire. For two hours, Steele hung there, feigning death before being taken prisoner by the Germans. Today, a dummy paratrooper hangs from the spire in his honor.