Paratroopers Participate in D-Day Commemoration in France

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Members of Task Force 68, which is made up of paratroopers from U.S., Germany, France, Holland, and the United Kingdom, re-enacted the D-Day airborne operation on the La Fiere fields near Sainte-Mere-Eglise France, June 3, 2012. The event commemorated the landing of World War II paratroopers who made the jump 68 years ago. After the jump, task force members marched into the town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise as local residents cheered, D-Day is June 6. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • Task Force 68, which is made up of paratroopers from U.S., Germany, France, Holland, and the United Kingdom, re-enacted the D-Day airborne operation on the La Fiere fields near Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France, June 3, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • U.S. Army Capt. Brett Baker pins on U.S. jump wings onto allied forces during a wing exchange on the La Fiere fields during a ceremony commemorating World War II and D-Day events in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France, June 3, 2012. Baker is assigned to the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • Task Force 68, which is made up of paratroopers from U.S., Germany, France, Holland, and the United Kingdom, re-enacted the D-Day airborne operation on the La Fiere fields near Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France, June 3, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • Paratroopers exchange German jump wings at La Fiere drop zone after completing an airborne operation commemorating the D-Day and WWII events in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France, June 3, 2012. Task Force 68, which is made up of paratroopers from U.S., Germany, France, Holland, and United Kingdom, re-enacted the D-Day airborne operation on the La Fiere fields near Sainte-Mere-Eglise. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • A French re-enactor, dressed in a World War II era uniform, smiles for a photo during D-Day celebration in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France, June 3, 2012.  U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin Morelli
  • Task Force 68, which is made up of paratroopers from U.S., Germany, France, Holland, and the United Kingdom, re-enacted the D-Day airborne operation on the La Fiere fields near Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France, June 3, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • Task Force 68, which is made up of paratroopers from U.S., Germany, France, Holland, and the United Kingdom, re-enacted the D-Day airborne operation on the La Fiere fields near Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France, June 3, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • Task Force 68, which is made up of paratroopers from U.S., Germany, France, Holland, and the United Kingdom, re-enacted the D-Day airborne operation on the La Fiere fields near Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France, June 3, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Sessoms packs up his parachute after completing a jump onto La Fiere, France, June 3, 2012. Sessoms, a member of  82nd Airborne Division, is part of the Task Force 68, which is in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France, to commemorate D-Day.  U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey A. Jacobs, commanding general of the U.S. Army Civil Affiars & Psychological Operations Command, shakes hands with John Perozzi, a World War II and D-Day veteran who served with the 82nd Airborne Division, after a ceremony honoring him and other WWII veterans in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France, June 3, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • John Perozzi, a World War II and D-Day veteran who served with the 82nd Airborne Division, takes a picture with active duty 82nd Airborne Division. soldiers in front of the Iron Mike statue after a ceremony that commemorates the D-Day events at the La Fiere fields near Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France, June 3, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells