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90th Division Monument

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Details:

On the west side very close to the entrance of the square.


Monument

A rectangular marble stele which features a black plaque, a metal sheet cut-out depicting a Piper L4 plane, the 90th Division insignia, and the town’s liberation message. The plaque is inscribed in French in gold lettering which commemorates Cpt Alfred Ryland Howard II and 2Lt William G. Windeler who were killed aboard the Piper L4 plane during the town’s liberation. The memorial is set on brick pavement and was unveiled on June 11, 2021.

Monument Text:

On the plaque:

 

LE 4 JUILLET 1944, UN AVION D' OBSERVATION PIPER L4

CHARGE DU REGLAGE DES TIRS D' UN BATAILLON

D' ARTILLERIE DE LA 90E DIVISION D' INFANTERIE

AMÉRICAINE A ETE ABATTU A PROXIMITE D' ICI,

TUANT SES DEUX MEMBRES D ÉQUIPAGE

 

PILOTE:   ALFRED RYLAND HOWARD

HOUSTON , TEXAS

 

OBSERVATEUR:   WILLIAM WINDELER

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIE

 

NE LES OUBLIEZ JAMAIS CAR ILS SONT

MORTS POUR VOTRE LIBERTE

 

English translation:

 

ON JULY 4, 1944, A PIPER L4 OBSERVATION AIRCRAFT

CHARGE OF FIRE REGULATION OF A BATTALION

90TH INFANTRY DIVISION ARTILLERY

AMERICAN WAS KILLED NEAR HERE,

KILLING ITS TWO CREW MEMBERS

 

PILOT: RYLAND ALFRED HOWARD

HOUSTON, TEXAS

 

OBSERVER: WILLIAM WINDELER

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

 

NEVER FORGET THEM BECAUSE THEY

DIED FOR YOUR FREEDOM

 

 

On the stele:

 

A la mémoire des hommes de la

90e Division d'Infanterie US

tombés pour la liberation

de Pretot le 3 Juillet 1944

 

 

English translation:

In memory of the men of the

90th US Infantry Division

fallen for liberation

of Pretot on July 3, 1944

Commemorates:

People:

Alfred Ryland, II Howard

William G. Windeler

Units:

90th Infantry Division

United States Army

Wars:

WWII

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