In the night of 6 June 1944 more than four hundred C-47 planes dropped the American paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division in Normandy. The 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment landed on drop zone C near Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. Under heavy anti aircraft fire the units were widely scattered of their drop zones.
A group of about a hundred men gathered under General Taylor who commanded the division and Lieutenant-Colonel Ewell who commanded the 3rd battalion of the 506th Regiment. They moved toward Utah Beach to take control of the exit no.1.
On the way they neutralized a German strong point near Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. Another group of parachutists destroyed a battery west of the town. Several paras hit the ground in the middle of the town, American and German troops fought in great confusion. In the afternoon Sainte-Marie-du-Mont was liberated by elements of paratroopers of the 501st and 506th Regiments. The Americans took the Germans by surprise who were pushed back by the incoming landings on Utah Beach.