From the bus, on our way to Utah Beach, the church at Saint-Pierre-du-Mont just inland from Pointe du Hoc north of Highway D514.

From the bus, on our way to Utah Beach, the church at Saint-Pierre-du-Mont just inland from Pointe du Hoc north of Highway D514.

Pointe du Hoc historic marker. During WWII it was the highest point between Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east.

Pointe du Hoc historic marker.   During WWII it was the highest point between Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east.

German bunkers on Pointe du Hoc with US Ranger "dagger" monument at the edge of the cliff slightly left of center.

German bunkers on Pointe du Hoc with US Ranger "dagger" monument at the edge of the cliff slightly left of center.

German bunkers on Pointe du Hoc.

German bunkers on Pointe du Hoc.

Looking south across Pointe du Hoc with bomb crater in foreground.

Looking south across Pointe du Hoc with bomb crater in foreground.

View east, shooting straight into the sun, along the coast of France from Pointe du Hoc toward D-Day's Omaha Beach.

View east, shooting straight into the sun, along the coast of France from Pointe du Hoc toward D-Day's Omaha Beach.

German bunker on Pointe du Hoc. In the foreground an artillery mount with pivot point installed.

German bunker on Pointe du Hoc. In the foreground an artillery mount with pivot point installed.

US "dagger" monument Pointe du Hoc.

US "dagger" monument Pointe du Hoc.

US Ranger memorial tablet Pointe du Hoc.

US Ranger memorial tablet Pointe du Hoc.

Looking west from Pointe du Hoc toward D-Day's Utah Beach.

Looking west from Pointe du Hoc toward D-Day's Utah Beach.

Iconic beach formation at Pointe du Hoc.

Iconic beach formation at Pointe du Hoc.

US Ranger casualty memorial marker listing deaths at Pointe du Hoc and elsewhere in the vicinity of Omaha Beach.

US Ranger casualty memorial marker listing deaths at Pointe du Hoc and elsewhere in the vicinity of Omaha Beach.

View to the east from inside a German bunker on Pointe du Hoc.

View to the east from inside a German bunker on Pointe du Hoc.

German bunker on Pointe du Hoc.

German bunker on Pointe du Hoc.

Looking generally east across Pointe du Hoc toward Omaha Beach from the top of a German bunker.

Looking generally east across Pointe du Hoc toward Omaha Beach from the top of a German bunker.

Looking north from the top of a German bunker on Pointe du Hoc toward the US Ranger "dagger" monument.

Looking north from the top of a German bunker on Pointe du Hoc toward the US Ranger "dagger" monument.

Historic information, Pointe du Hoc, which is maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Historic information, Pointe du Hoc, which is maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

It was a very special moment to see the American flags flying at the entrance to the Pointe du Hoc Rangers Monument.

It was a very special moment to see the American flags flying at the entrance to the Pointe du Hoc Rangers Monument.

View up the Vierville-sur-Mer draw from just above Omaha Beach. The draw was the westernmost of the five beach exits necessary to bring follow-on troops and equipment inland.

View up the Vierville-sur-Mer draw from just above Omaha Beach.   The draw was the westernmost of the five beach exits necessary to bring follow-on troops and equipment inland.

National Guard monument at Vierville-sur-Mer on Omaha Beach.

National Guard monument at Vierville-sur-Mer on Omaha Beach.