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Sgt John Marvin Steele
Birth: Nov. 29, 1912
Metropolis
Massac County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 14, 1969
Fayetteville
Cumberland County
North Carolina, USA

American paratrooper made famous in the movie, The Longest Day who landed in Sainte-Mère-Église, the first village in Normandy liberated by the Americans on D-Day, June 6, 1944. In the film, he is portrayed by Red Buttons.

Private Steele was caught on a piller church spire during the landing and lost his hearing after being shot in the foot. He was cut down by the Nazi soldiers and placed under arrest. He later escaped from the Germans and rejoined his division when US troops of the 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment attacked the village capturing thirty Germans and killing another eleven. For these actions and his wounds, Steele was awarded the Bronze Star for valor and the Purple Heart for being wounded in combat.

John M. Steele passed away in 1969. 
 
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 Parents:
  John H. Steele (1887 - 1976)
  Josephine Lynn Steele (1890 - 1956)
 
 Siblings:
  Alvin E. Steele (1911 - 1974)*
  John Marvin Steele (1912 - 1969)
  Norman W. Steele (1922 - 1945)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Masonic Cemetery
Metropolis
Massac County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: gordonphilbin
Record added: Feb 08, 2012
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