American soldiers in Saint- Laurent-sur-Mer, France during World War II. U.S. soldiers of the 56th Signal Battalion kneel down around a tree in an apple orchard. Catholic priest, Father William Dempsey, of New York City, conducts the first Sunday service under the tree. The soldiers pray during the Catholic mass.
German prisoners of war at work digging graves for fallen American soldiers, at the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944. This is the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II, and located on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel, east of St. Laurent-sur-Mer and northwest of Bayeux in Colleville-sur-Mer. (It is now the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.) Vertical posts with dog tags attached, mark the gravesites of the fallen troops. American soldiers sit near covered bodies of the fallen and perform tasks of identification and grave assignment. Covered remains of one soldier are carried across the field on a stretcher. Barrage balloons are seen in the sky overhead.
Wrecked American landing crafts and damaged Mulberry "A" harbor due to offshore winds and heavy storms at Omaha beach in Normandy, France during World War II. Twisted pontoon causeways of Mulberry "A" near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer being lashed by high waves two weeks after D-Day. A rammed landing craft against far side of a causeway. Completely damaged piers and causeways are seen. Sections of causeway bridges with AAA outfit trucks as they toss in high tides.
View of crosses on the graves and Star of David on one plot in St Laurent Cemetery at St Laurent Sur Mere, France. Men walk amidst the cemetery. A flag in the cemetery.
Memorial Ceremony (including Roman Catholic Mass) for fallen U.S. troops,on June 10, 1944 during World War 2. The location is Omaha Beach, St. Laurent sur Mer, Normandy France, where the U.S. 1st Army established the first American military cemetery in France, during World War II. U.S. troops line the area. An altar is set up on the hood of a jeep parked in the sand. An Army Colonel standing in rear of the jeep reads from a notebook. Soldiers all stand with heads bowed. Among them are African American soldiers of the 320th Battalion. A Chaplain's assistant sits at a keyboard instrument next to the jeep. A Roman Catholic Army Chaplain in white clerical robes conducts a mass. Numerous grave markers can be seen in the distant background. Several French civilians stand with the soldiers, who bow heads in prayer. The Chaplain administers holy communion to kneeling soldiers. A French civilian woman places flowers near recent temporary grave markers of U.S. fallen (stakes bearing their dog tags). A color guard stands with American flag, as squad of riflemen fire gun salutes. Three French civilians stand by the flowers. U.S. Army bugler blows taps. All present salute the fallen. Some indivual soldiers walk to the markers of their buddies.
View from a 4-engine airplane in flight over altocumulus clouds. Setting sun creates pink colors. Scene changes abruptly to views, inland from Omaha Beach, at Colleville-sur-Mer, France, of the temporary military battlefield cemetery established by the U.S. First Army, on June 8, 1944, right after the Allied invasion of Normandy, in World War 2. Simple wooden crosses mark the graves of the fallen Americans, each identified by one of their dog tags fastened to the marker.