The commenter also stated:
My grandfather climbed the cliffs on D-Day. We travelled back to Normandy with him a few years ago. Thank you for your clarification. Excellent! My grandfather is in poor health, but still living. I would love to know how many pointe du hoc vets still are living! No one seems to know.
by the way- my grandfather's name is Harold F. Plank. He has a website telling his story.