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Charles DeGlopper was 22 years old when he was killed in action during the night of June 8, 1944 in Amfreville, he sacrificed himself to save his comrades. For the first time, members of the family of this soldier considered as a hero by locals, made the trip to attend the ceremony.
66 years on, the emotion can still be felt on this historical landmark where a young American made the ultimate sacrifice.
Two years ago local residents built a monument in his honor, each year a ceremony takes place organized by the US Normandy association, this year for the first time, family relatives, nephews and cousins of the GI took part in the event, they visited various D-Day museums to get a better understanding and to retrace the journey of their relative.
In France as in the USA, DeGlopper became a symbol, and for his sacrifice, DeGlopper, soldier of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.