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551st Parachute Infantry Battalion Plaque

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The plaque is located approximately 15 meters off of the road which leads to the area of the Dairomont site. It is situated behind the two flower pots and just to the left of the bench. Plaque This dark bronze plaque is attached to a tall smooth gray field stone and depicts the insignia of the 82nd Airborne Division (top left) and the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion (top right) as well as a small representation of the Airborne Parachutist Badge (top center). The plaques French inscription tells the story of how Company A of the 551st PIB engaged in rare and intense bayonet combat during the Battle of the Bulge. The 551st PIB suffering heavy losses in the area around Dairomont, particularly in Rochelinval, where the unit lost nearly 70% of its force yet managed to capture the town and deprive the German forces in the area of an important crossing point of the Salm River.  

Monument Text:

"Le 4 janvier 1945, non loin de cet endroit
la Compagnie 'A' du
551st Parachute Infantry Battalion
sous les ordres du Lt. Richard DURKEE,
mena une des rares attaques a la baïonnette
de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale.
Les parachutistes Américains neutralisèrent
une position de mitrailleuses allemandes
et infligèrent de lourdes pertes
aux soldats ennemis supérieurs en nombre.
N'oublions jamais leur courage."

English Translation:

"On January 4, 1945, not far from this very spot,
Company A of the 
551st Parachute Infantry Battalion
under the command of Lt. Richard Durkee
led one of the rare bayonet attacks 
of the Second World War.
The American parachutists neutralized 
a German machine gun nest
and inflicted heavy losses
against a larger enemy force.
Let us never forget their courage."



Richard Durkee


551st Parachute Regiment

United States Army




Battle of the Bulge

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