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504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Plaque

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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.

Monument Text:

"Decembre 1944

En Hommage
A La Bravoure Des
Hommes Du 504th 
Parachute Infantry 
De La 82d Airborne
Qui Reprirent Ce
Village Le 21 Dec. 
Au Prix De Lourdes 
Pertes Apres De 
Sanglants Combats"

English translation:

"December 1944

In Honor
of The Bravery of
The Men of The 504th
Parachute Infantry
of the 82d Airborne
Who Retook This Village
on December 21st 
At The Price of Heavy Losses
After Bloody Combat"



504th Parachute Infantry Regiment

82nd Airborne Division

United States Army




Battle of the Bulge

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