Minutes after midnight, the American 101st Pathfinders jump into Normandy, and establish drop zones for 101st Airborne Paratroopers to follow. Their objective: capture the town of Sainte-Mère-Église, seize the major exits to Utah Beach, and gain control of the Western flank of Normandy.
Lt. Eugene Brierre, an aide in Division HQ to Major General Maxwell Taylor of the 101st Airborne, leaps with Taylor as he makes his qualifying jump that morning. PFC Ed Sabo makes his jump as a member of the Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the same dark skies over Normandy.
Brierre’s American flag armband and Sabo’s helmet are now part of the collection at The National WWII Museum.