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90th Infantry Division, 357th Infantry Fallen Memorial

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Details:

Just off the rural road in a small parking area.



Monument


The memorial includes two plaques attached to a large stone, front and back, and an information panel.

 

The memorial remembers 10 soldiers of Company I and K of the 357th Infantry Regiment,  90th “Tough Ombres” Infantry Division who fell in a last stand battle with the enemy on May 5, 1945.

 

 

From the Division Association Website:

 

On 4 May 1945, Major General Herbert L. Earnest accepted the surrender of most of the 11th Panzer Division at Vseruby, Czechoslovakia. Colonel Charles H. Reed, commander of 2nd Cavalry Group, assisted with arranging for the 11th Panzer’s surrender. On 5 May, a company from the 357th Infantry Regiment was ambushed at the town of Zhuri by German officer candidates. The Germans were using U.S. vehicles captured earlier from a platoon of 2nd Squadron / 2nd Cavalry Group. Though the Germans were routed, ten U.S. soldiers were killed and ten more were wounded.


Note: The memorial remembers ten soldiers killed during this battle; nine known and one whose name is unknown.

Monument Text:

The text on the plaques is written in Czech and English and reads:

V BOJI ZA SVOBODU
ČESKOSLOVENSKA
PADLO DNE 5. 5. 1945
V TĚCHTO MÍSTECH
DESET VOJÁKŮ
90. PĚŠÍ AMERICKÉ DIVIZE.
ČEST JEJICH PAMÁTCE.

ON MAY 5. 1945
TEN AMERICAN SOLDIERS
OF THE 90TH INFANTRY DIVISION
WERE KILLED HERE
IN THE BATTLE FOR FREEDOM
OF THE CZECHOSLOVAK PEOPLE.
GOD BLESS THEM.

Company I, 357th Infantry Regiment


S Sgt John W. Garner
Pfc Artur L. Cooperman
Pfc Raymond K. Willenborg
Pfc Jack E. Williams
Pfc Foster R. Carter
Pfc Grant W. Blair
Pvt Roy E. Morwig

Company „K“ 357th Infantry Regiment


Pfc John Farkas
Pfc Lupe W. Rodrignez


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-90th Infantry Division Symbol-

Commemorates:

Units:

357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division

3rd US Army

90th Infantry Division

Wars:

WWII

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