An effigy of Pvt. John Steele, an 82nd Airborne Division soldier, hangs from the steeple at the Ste.-Mère-Église church. Steele's parachute got caught on the steeple when he jumped on D-Day. He played dead for several hours, but eventually was taken prisoner by the Germans. He later escaped and continued to fight in the war. His plight was retold in the1962 movie "The Longest Day," where he was played by Red Buttons.. Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes


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