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Angoville-au-Plain is one of the least populated communes in Manche having only 50-60 inhabitants today, perhaps even fewer in 1944.  At 0220 Hrs on June 6, 1944 paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division landed in their designated DZ (Drop Zone) D, near this small village.

During that afternoon an aid station was set up in the village's 11th century church.  Medics, Pvt Robert E. Wright and Pvt Kenneth J. Moore of 2nd Battalion, 501st PIR began caring for wounded US paratroopers.  The fighting in the area continued for three days and the number of wounded grew. Casualties from both sides and one French child were treated by Moore and Wright. Angoville changed hands 3 times during the fighting as each side alternatively found it necessary to withdrew and regroup.  But the aid station in the church held fast and continued treating the wounded. When the Germans first retook Angoville they burst into the church but when they saw that both American and German wounded were being treated, they placed a red cross on the door and the church was not bothered again.

Both Wright and Moore later received the Silver Star in recognition of their bravery and the 80 lives they saved,

Pastoral Setting
belies the intense fighting that once took place in this countryside

Bocage Barriers
prevented easy movement between rods and fields

Bocage Tunnel
in some cases the hedgerows had been allowed to tower over the roadways

Village Church
is impressive for such a small village
Beautiful Interior
with vaulted ceilings and stone floor

Praying Angels
flanking the altar must have offered comfort to some of the wounded

Wooden Pews
retain their bloodstains more than 65 years later
Sunlit Stained Glass
hues fall across the pews
D-Day Remembered as paratroopers descend on Angoville-du-plain Stained Glass Window commemorates the 101st Airborne Division.  A monument in front of the church denotes what had been Place d'Église (Church Square) and is now named Place Tocca (Toccoa Square) in honor of Camp Toccoa where the unit trained Medical Caduceus
dedicated to medics Robert E. Wright and Kenneth J. Moore.

the battle cry of the 101st depicts parachutist descending over Mount Toccoa

No Greater Love
lengthy panel quotes John 15:13 scripture "
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends"

Medic Monument
reads: "In honour and in recognition of Robert E. Wright and Kenneth J. Moore, Medics 2nd Bn 501 PIR 101st Airborne Division.
For humane and life saving care rendered to 80 combatants and a child in this church in June 1944.
Commemorative Panel
features Col. Howard R. Johnson as well as medics Wright and Moore
All Normandy 'D-Day Plus 65' trip photos are a multi-national  mixture of work by Hervé Argoud, Hans DeBree,  Gene Garren, Fred Hoek, Herbert Lahout, Randy Lewellen,  Cyndi Mathews, Bill Nation, Dick O'Donnell, Dominique Potier, Vivian Roger, Zane Schlemmer, Donald van den Bogert and  Nelly van Loo.  Individual credits have not been given.


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