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501st PIR Plaques Eerde Mill

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On the west side of the road, next to the monument for the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment. It is hanging on the top right portion of the outside wall of the mill entrance. Plaque

Three white plaques bearing the names of the paratroopers of the 501st PIR, the British soldiers of the 44th Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps, and villagers from Eerde, that were killed in the area in September 1944. On the first 2 plaques are where the 72 American soldiers were inscribed.

 

There is a windmill behind that was used as an observation post, as well as a church a little further up the street in the village. The night after the 501st landed, the Germans moved a large defensive into the area and the battle continued for several days. The post directed mortar fire on German troops that attacked Eerde from the direction of Schijndel coming through sand dunes that in those days existed west of the village. The mortar section was dug in at the church. The windmill and the church of Eerde became badly damaged by grenades and German shells during the fighting and the Windmill would change hands six times. Eerde was finally liberated Sunday, September 24.

Monument Text:

1st Plaque:

 

MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

THE AMERICAN PARATROOPERS OF THE

501st PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT

101st AIRBORNE DIVISION

 

 

PVT ROBERT KESTER

1LT FRANK W. DANIELSON

1LT JOHN W. ELL

PFC JOHN M. QUINLAN

SGT JACOB H. WINGARD

SGT THEODORE M. WILTSHIRE

PVT PETE T. PHILLIPS

PFC ALVIE K. GRIFFITH

PFC ALBERT BASS

SGT PATRICK H. CHOATE

PVT ARTHUR J. EARL

T/5 WALTER S. FOSTER

1LT CECIL O. FUQUAY

PFC WALTER J. FURTAK

PVT JOSEPH W. GARRITY

PVT BRONISLAW KRASKA

PFC KENNETH P. REILLER

SSGT GEORGE H. Jr ADAMS

SSGT PAUL P. ANDERSON

PVT JACK W. DELAY

SSGT ARTHUR HUTTNER

PVT GEORGE M. KELLY (MIA)

PVT WILLIAM F. LIERLY

PFC JOHN C. MARNYE

PVT WAYNE A. MCCLUNG

PVT FRANCIS J. MCKEOWN

1LT ROBERT S. SCHORSCH

T/4 THEODORE P. STEETS

PVT JACK L. TEDDER

PVT LAWRENCE T. CORMIER

PVT DONALD HOSIE

SSGT EUEL J. LANGLINAIS

PFC STANISLAW LECK

PFC DAVID R. "TONY" SALAZAR

1LT JOHN L. "JACK" WHITE

PVT JOSEPH C. BAZAN

SGT FOREST G. BURK

PVT WILLIAM J. GREEN

PVT JOSEPH J. CERRA

SSGT RAYMOND R. EDGELL

CPT VERNON KRAEGER

PVT ANDREW W. Jr MAHONEY

PFC WILLIAM T. O'KEEFE

PFC MANUEL M. PINEDA (502nd)

PVT JACK R. "BONES" WATTS

PVT ORVEN E. FRISBY

SGT CHESTER L. BROOKS

SSGT JOHN A. KUSHNER

CPL BUSTER E. "WHITEY" WILLIAMS

 

2nd Plaque:

 

PVT ARTHUR HERNANDEZ

1LT GLENN F. JANITZ

PFC HARRY C. MASON

T/5 GEORGE W. PHILLIPS

PVT RICHARD H. WALDREP

PFC MARTIN BUSBY

PFC WALTER D. COOPER

PFC ORLIN L.D. CRAFT

PVT IRVIN W. CULLER (MIA)

PVT VINCENT J. FIATO

PFC ALVIN O. GEIGER JR.

PVT ROY D. KIRKPATRICK

CPL CARMAN S. LADNER (MIA)

T/5 CLARENCE C. MCINTOSH

SGT HOMER G. HUGHES

PFC ROYAL A. JACOBS

PVT JOSEPH RENO

SGT WILLIAM J. ELLER

PFC CHARLES W. STEPHENS

PFC FREDDIE BRANNON

PFC ANTHONY G. DURBIN

PVT ELMER E. VALLEJOS

 

 

IN THIS WINDMILL WAS KILLED

ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 1944

ABOUT ELEVEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING

JACOB H. WINGARD PENNSYLVANIA

SGT 501 PRCHT INF ABN DIV.

MAY HE REST IN PEACE

ON THE AMERICAN CEMETERY

OF MARGATREN.

 

BETWEEN THE WINDMILL AND THE HOUSE

WAS A BRITISH SHERMAN TANK

KNOCKED OUT DURING THE FIGHT

ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 1944

IN THAT TANK WERE KILLED

3 BRITISH SOLDIERS.

MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

IN THE CHURCHYARD OF EERDE.

Commemorates:

Units:

501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division

502nd Parachute infantry Regiment

Wars:

WWII

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