Site Dedication

 
 

Closing remarks by John A. Whitehill, Captain Co. ”A” 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division. Memorial Day, Bigonville, october 26, 1985


THIS IS A SIMPLE STORY OF JUST ONE

BATTLE CONCEIVED IN THE THROES OF AN

UNWANTED WAR, AND DEDICATED TO LIBERTY.


HUNDREDS OF MEN SUPPORTED BY THOUSANDS

OF ADDITIONAL MEN, KNIT TOGETHER AS ONE

BY THE HARDSHIPS, THE HELL AND THE

GLORY OF THE FIELD OF BATTLE.


THOUGH MANY HEROIC DEEDS HAVE GONE

OFFICIALLY UNRECOGNIZED, EVERY SOLDIER

IS A HERO IN THE EYES OF THOSE WHO LOVE

HIM, AND EACH KNOWS IN HIS OWN HEART,

THE PART HE PLAYED IN FINAL VICTORY.



Bigonville citizens


Nicolas CONRARDY (from Wiltz) - died Dec. 24, 1944 in Bigonville.

First he had to dig his own grave, and then he was siezed and shot by the Germans.


Marie PESCHE 51 years old, died Dec. 24, 1944 in Bigonville

She fled out into the open, and during her flight she was very seriously wounded. The American medical detachment tried to evacuate her to a military hospital, but she died on the way from loss of blood. The Americans laid her in the waiting room of the Bigonville-Holtz station, where she was later discovered.


Pierre REITER 75 years old, died Dec. 23, 1944 in Bigonville,

Anna SCHOLER 35 years old, died Dec. 23, 1944 in Bigonville

On December 23, the fear of being buried alive in the cellar overcame them and they all tried to save themselves by running out into the fields or the forest. In the open fields, the two of them were fatally hit. Peter Reiter was torn to pieces, and Anna Scholer was hit in the back by a piece of shrapnel. She lived only about a half an hour.


Johann SCHEUREN forced into the German Army, died Dec. 28, 1943 in Russia at age of 19.




Nicolas URTH (from Koetschette) - died Dec. 24, 1944 in Bigonville

He was a Unionist. (Luxembourg Resistance Organisation). He was cruelly beaten up and then shot and buried in a garden.


Nicolas WAMPACH 73 years old, died Dec. 24, 1944 in Bigonville.

His body was only found after the battle, and nobody could say how he lost his life.



American Soldiers

  Walter H. CENTER JR.  -  PVT  -  25th Cavalry Recon. Squadron, 4th Armored Div.
  Edward H. CLARK  -  PVT  -  37th Tank Bn, 4th Armored Div.
  William J. CLIFFORD  -  PVT  -  53rd Armored Inf. Bn, 4th Armored Div.
  Edd CZARNEY  -  SSGT  -  53rd Armored Inf. Bn, 4th Armored Div.
  James L. DANIELO  -  PFC  -  37th Tank Bn, 4th Armored Div.
  Arthur B. GALLO  -  SSGT  -  25th Cavalry Recon. Squadron, 4th Armored Div.
  Peter J. HOLKA  -  PFC  -  53rd Armored Inf. Bn, 4th Armored Div.
  Herbert L. INGERSOLL  -  TSGT  -  53rd Armored Inf. Bn, 4th Armored Div.
  Walter P. KAPLIN  -  SSGT  -  37th Tank Bn, 4th Armored Div.
  Sheridan J. KEITH  -  PVT  -  53rd Armored Inf. Bn, 4th Armored Div.
  Jerry A. MACHEK  -  PVT  -  53rd Armored Inf. Bn, 4th Armored Div.
  John H. PARKS  -  SGT  -  37th Tank Bn, 4th Armored Div.
  Estill ROSS  -  PFC  -  53rd Armored Inf. Bn, 4th Armored Div.
  Charles U. TROVER  -  CAPT  -  37th Tank Bn, 4th Armored Div.
  Woodrow WILSON  -  PVT  -  53rd Armored Inf. Bn, 4th Armored Div.

Above only Names of Soldiers buried at Luxembourg American Military Cemetery, Hamm or provided by relatives.

Unknown American soldiers



German Soldiers

Paul BEDNAREK  -  Obergefreiter    + 23.12.1944

Johann BRUNNER  -  Oberjäger    + 23.12.1944

Günter DEWI  -  Gefreiter    + ? / unbekannt

Adolf DIRKS  -  Obergefreiter    + 21.12.1944

Waldemar GOTTLOB  -  Gefreiter    + 25.12.1944

Wilhelm HRIBAR  -  Jäger    + ? / unbekannt

Hans JABLONKA  -  Obergefreiter    + ? / unbekannt

Willi PABST  -  Gefreiter    + 22.12.1944

Lothar SCHEIBE  -  Jäger    + ? / unbekannt

Wolfgang SCHLICK  -  Unteroffizier    + 24.12.1944

Horst SCHUSTEREIT  -  Obergefreiter    + 24.12.1944

Siegfried STANGE  -  Gefreiter    + 22.12.1944

Edmund STROBEL  -  Unteroffizier    + 22.12.1944

Oben nur Namen von Soldaten, die auf Deutschen Militärfriedhof Sandweiler überführt wurden
Unknown German Soldiers


 

To the memory of those who suffered

Memorial in Bigonville  -  Photo by Guy Ries