Operation Cowboy Marker
The marker sits atop a stone wall in the woods just off the road.Marker
An inscribed polished brass plaque, about 8” x 12” attached to a field stone sitting on a stone field stone wall.
The maker remember two soldiers of the 42ndCavalry Squadron who as part of Task Force Stewart, fell during Operation Cowboy – the daring April 1945 mission to save the famous Lipizzaner horses of the Vienna Spanish Riding school.
The town of Bela Nad Radbuzou placed the marker to rember the location where these two brave soldiers fell during this end of war mission to save the horses which were housed in nearby Hostoun (Hostau). They were the only two US casualties during this operation.
A monument in the town center remembers the two fallen soldiers an in town one in Vienna remembers the effort the US Army provided in returning these horses to safety.
See these other sites/memorials on our website for more on Operation Cowboy:
Site:Bela nad Radbuzou- Town Center
Memorial: Monument to Operation Cowboy Casualties
Site: Bela nad Radbuzou- Fallen Site
Memorial: Operation Cowboy Marker
Site: Vienna- Spanish Riding School
Memorial: Operation Cowboy Plaque
Thanks to Spolek pro vojenská pietní místa (Guild for Military Memorial ) for their assistance! (www.vets.cz)
The text on the monument is written in Czech and in English.
The Czech text:
ÚKOLOVÁ JEDNOTKA STEWART
Troop A, 42. Jezdecká průzkumná squadrona, 2. Jezdecká skup. (Mech.)
2. světová válka
svobodník Raymond E. Manz
*16.května 1925, +30.dubna1945 - zabit v boji
Toledo, Ohio, USA
Technik 5. stupně Owen W. Sutton
8.prosince 1916, + 1.května 1945 - zemřel na následky zranění
Kinston, Severní Karolína, USA
The English Text:
TASK FORCE STEWART
Troop A, 42nd Cavalry Reconnaissance
Squadron, 2nd CAV Grp. (MECZ)
PFC Raymond E. Manz
DOB: 16 May, 1925 KIA: 30 April, 1945
Toledo, Ohio, USA
Tech/5 Owen W. Sutton
DOB: 8 December, 1916 DOW: 1 May, 1945
Kinston, North Carolina, USA