Wednesday 2 July 2003
The family Valaviele lived at the farm of Brecourt, near St Marie du Mont. The farm was also near a german field artillery battery.
The company E of the 506th stormed the gun battery and shortly afterwards arrived at the farm. The paras got the idea that this family were germans dressed as locals. They led the son Michel into a field and shot him in the back. Luckily for him an officer arrived and put a stop to the masacre. Michel was taken to a field hospital and treated for his wounds.
He survived, became the mayor of the town of St Marie du Mont and founded the Museum at Utah beach in Honour of the liberating troops.