504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Plaque
This plaque is located between a mailbox for a private residence and a green board containing historical information about the fighting that occurred in Cheneux during the Battle of the Bulge.
This dark bronze plaque is embedded in a brown field stone and features the insignia of the 82nd Airborne Division as well as the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The French inscription of the plaque expresses gratitude to the soldiers of the 504th PIR who retook the village despite heavy losses.
The board containing historical information to the left of the plaque describes the communal suffering of the residents of Cheneux during the intense fighting between American and German troops for control of the village. Americans soldiers from the 504th PIR scaled the hill behind the church, where the residents were hiding, and faced the German occupiers in hand-to-hand combat. Eventually, the soldiers of the 504th won control of the village on December 23, 1944, and freed the citizens who had been trapped inside the church for three days in the freezing cold.
504th Parachute Infantry Regiment
82nd Airborne Division
United States Army
Battle of the Bulge
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