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it all started with an American paratrooper he came to her family's farm house in Normandy miles away from his intended drop zones and behind enemy lines it was June sixth nineteen forty four D. day , the village had been under German occupation for four years but by doing dozens of American soldiers had started hunkering down here they'd been part of one of the worst mistrusted any ad born unit of the allied invasion , the inhabitants Hey was swift to help feeding the US troops and retrieving their equipment from the marshlands they set up defenses , but the village paid a heavy price for its collaboration , the Americans outnumbered and outgunned had no option but to retreat , but what of the villages bravery had reached Washington the allied supreme commander Dwight Eisenhower sent Martha's father assertive occurs on the Hoffa did then US president expressing thanks for coming to the American soldiers rescue in nineteen eighty six the US government awarded Martha the distinguished civilian service award for her role in helping the paratroopers as a twelve year olds