The memorial plaque to the men of the Lost 500 in the woods above Laudesfeld, Germany. Photo by Webmaster.
This monument consists of a small wooden etched plaque. It is dedicated to the fivehundred men of the 106th Infantry Division who continued to resist the Germans from 19 till 21 December 1944 at the location of the 422nd Infantry Regimental Motor pool near Laudesfeld, Germany. These men were faced with overwhelming German forces and risked annihilation by enemy artillery. No help would follow from Allied forces, who were by then fighting at the gates of St. Vith, some twenty miles to the west. The men were forced to surrender on the 21st and most were sent to Stalag IV-B at Mühlberg an der Elbe. The monument to the Lost 500 was unofficially inaugurated in October 2011 by the webmaster and Herbert Sheaner, who was a member of this defense in December 1944. Mr. Sheaner was at that time the President of the 106th Infantry Division Association Inc.
Claude Orban beside the restored Spineux memorial (Photo C. Orban)
The memorial is dedicated to the men of the 424th and 112th Infantry Regiments who liberated the Spineux area in January 1945. The monument was inaugurated in September 1989 and had suffered somewhat from being exposed to the Ardennes weather over the past 25 years. Belgians Claude Orban and Christian Meurice removed the wooden GI silhouette and restored it where necessary. The feet were skillfully replaced as they suffered from mildew and wood rot. A fresh coat of olive drab makes it like new and ready for at least another 25 years. It was reinstalled in December 2013 in time for the 70th anniversary commemorations taking place in 2015.
This small but poignant memorial is located in the village of Grosslangenfeld, in December 1944 the home of the 106th Reconnaissance Troop. The Troop fought heavily with elements of the German 62nd Volksgrenadier Division and the village was almost entirely destroyed. Sixty years after the end of the conflict, this memorial was inaugurated by Josef Reusch, a former member of the 560th VGD and himself a Battle of the Bulge veteran. His son-in-law Doug Mitchell is currently the caretaker of this fitting memorial to the soldiers of both sides. A new plaque was fitted to the monument in January 2015.
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A new memorial in honor of the 424th Combat Infantry Regiment was inaugurated on September 28, 2008 at the small town of Ennal, near Grand-Halleux. The ceremony was presided over by men of a local non-profit organisation in cooperation with the Museum of the Battle of the Salm and the Bulge (also at Ennal). The beautiful monument, which consists of two crossed M1 Garand Rifles on a stone base, was well conceived and a commemorative plaque tells the story of the capture of Ennal by the men of the 424th.
On the 15th of January 1945, the 424th Infantry Regiment was ordered to retake the town and the high ground to the east. With K-Company protecting the left flank of the 2nd Battalion, Fox Company of the 424th took the town by night assault after attacks during the day had stalled due to concentrated fire from German positions in the houses. Brigadier General Herbert T. Perrin, acting commander of the division, went up with his troops during the attack. At the peak of furious house-to-house fighting, Perrin discovered his gun had fallen out of his shoulder holster while he was crawling through the mud and snow.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Sgt. Charles "Chuck" Lowery of I-Company, 424th Infantry Regiment, who was wounded in action during the Battle of the Bulge. He was accompanied by his lovely wife Mary. Sergeant Lowery was given the honorary citizenship of the town of Vielsalm by deputy-mayor and council president of the commune of Vielsalm, Jacques Gennen.
Sergeant Chuck Lowery in front of the new monument, accompanied by the
US Air Force honor guard and Mr Jacques Gennen, representative of the town
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The 106th memorial in the vincinity of the St Josefs Hospital at St Vith.
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The St Vith memorial to the 106th Division is located on the grounds of the Bischofliche School grounds on the Klosterstrasse. The new monument, erected in 1994, was placed in front of the old one. The old monument, which was part of the school, threatened to be demolished as it was deteriorating. Consideration was given in placing a new memorial which would require minimal maintenance and was build out of material that is long lasting.
A large stone block was placed and stone walkways were layed. Many of the work was done by students and teachers of the school. A sturdy metal plaque was attached to the stone with a simple text. The dedication of the new memorial was held on September 25, 1994. It was attended by a prominent public of 106th Veterans, CRIBA members and officials.
The "aire du souvenir" at Baraque de Fraiture.
On the left the memorial for the Battle of the Bulge and the 3rd Armored Division.
In the center the plaque for the men of the 589th Field Artillery Battalion.
To the right the new monument in honor of the men of the 7th Armored and 82nd A/B Divisions.
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For the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, CRIBA wanted to do something special for the soldiers involved in this historic battle. The battle for Parker's Crossroads is a very important event in the history of both the 106th Infantry Division as US Field Artillery in general. The main idea was to dedicate a memorial at Baraque de Fraiture, which consisted of three 105mm Howitzers, the number that was present there in 1944. After a long negotiation process the US Army donated a 1941 dated 105mm Howitzer to CRIBA, in order to make the monument. The town of Vielsalm together with CRIBA began the realization of the plans for the memorial.
The monument consists of a WWII 105mm Howitzer, which is placed on the exact spot as John Gatens'(589/A) Howitzer was during the defence of the crossroads during the winter of 1944. A metal plaque commemorates the men of the 589th Field Artillery Battalion who fought here under the command of Major Arthur C. Parker III. An other stone block and plaque is dedicated to the veterans of the Battle of the Bulge. Underneath is a small plaque for the men of the 3rd Armored Division, which had a few tanks located at the crossroads.
On September 29th 2007, a new monument was inaugurated to remember the men of the 87th Reconnaissance Squadron and 203rd AAA AW Battalion of the 7th Armored Division and the soldiers of the 509th PIB and F Company, 325th GIR of the 82 Airborne Division. The ceremony was attended by three veterans of the 106th Division, John Schaffner and John Gatens of the 589th Field Artillery and Charles Lowrey of the 424th Infantry Regiment.
The "Aire du Souvenir" now pays its respect to all the units which helped to defend this vital crossroads against the German onslaught. Parker's Crossroads eventually was taken by the enemy, but the holding action was successfull and gave the men of the 82nd A/B a chance to get up to the frontlines in time.
Baraque de Fraiture will always be remembered as "Parker's Crossroads".
The memorial to 11 black GI's of the 333rd FAB in a field at Wereth.
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During the early stages of the Battle of the Bulge, 11 black U.S. soldiers assigned to the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion were tortured and executed by German SS officers. The 333rd was a Corps unit attached to the 106th Infantry Division.
After being reactivated in the regular Army as a 155 mm howitzer battalion just a year before their deployment, the 333rd Field Artillery soldiers spent their first six months in combat supporting the 2nd Infantry Division and 7th Corps, while holding the front line against German troops. When the Battle of the Bulge began, the unit was located near St. Vith, Belgium.
Signal Corps footage shows the horror at Wereth.
Eleven black GI's of the 333rd FAB were slaughtered by SS-troops.
During the second day of the fight, 11 members of the Headquarters and Service Battery became separated from their unit while evading German armor and infantry units.
While searching for food and shelter, the men spotted a farm owned by Matthias Langer, who offered the soldiers part of his family’s meager rations.
At dawn, after receiving a tip from a female German sympathiser from the village, a group of Nazi SS stopped in front of the Langer house. After surrendering, the soldiers were forced to sit in the cold and mud while their fate was decided. Marched to a cow pasture behind the house, they were tortured and later shot or bayoneted to death.
In the morning, villagers saw the bodies of the men in a ditch. Since they were afraid that the Germans might return, they didn’t touch the dead Americans. The bodies remained covered by snowfall until mid-February 1945 when villagers directed a U.S. Army graves registration unit to the scene.
Unlike similar war crimes, the slaying of these men wasn’t well documented or prosecuted. After an investigation proved fruitless and didn’t turn up any positive identification of those whom committed the murders, the investigation was closed.
For the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, Herman Langer and some of his relatives erected a simple stone cross at the edge of the field where the atrocity took place.
On May 23rd, 2004 a new monument was erected in remembrance of the "Wereth 11". Mrs Adda Rikken, president of the US Wereth memorial committee, one of the driving forces behind this monument said it best in her speech: "What began with hate, we now end with honor."
The plaques commemorating the memorial, in four languages, were unveiled, in addition to a plaque from the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.
THE "WERETH 11"
The Mardasson Memorial at Bastogne
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The Mardasson Memorial was inaugurated on July 16th, 1950 and represents the band and durable friendship between the Belgian and American people, who fought side by side during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.
The monument is shape to represent the star of freedom, with five points, each measuring 31 meters in lenght. The history of the bloody battle that took place here in 1944 is engraved in the side of the huge columns. The panoramic view on the roof of the memorial shows a brilliant view on the defences of the town of Bastogne. The crypt, excavated in the rocks containst three altars. One for the catholics, one for the protestants and one for the Jewish religion. It stands as a constant reminder to the 76 890 soldiers killed, wounded or missing in action.
The names of the (then) 48 states are engraved in the crown of the memorial. On the outside there are all the divisions who participated in the Battle of the Bulge. Among them is the Golden Lion insignia with bronze letters reading "106th Infantry Division".