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Titusville in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

S.S. Leopoldville

 
 
S.S. Leopoldville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, December 17, 2017
1. S.S. Leopoldville Marker
Inscription.  
Dedicated to the memory of
The 783 brave American
soldiers of the 66th Infantry
Division who lost their lives
on Christmas Eve 1944
when their troop ship
was torpedoed in the
English Channel off
the coast of France.

The Division was enroute to reinforce
Allied troops fighting in the
Battle of the Bulge.

 
Location. 28° 36.812′ N, 80° 48.242′ W. Marker is in Titusville, Florida, in Brevard County. Memorial can be reached from East Broad Street east of Indian River Avenue. Marker located within the Veterans Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 E Broad St, Titusville FL 32796, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Tuskegee Airmen Of World War II (here, next to this marker); Striving For Peace Throughout The World (here, next to this marker); Old Glory (a few steps from this marker); Robert H. Goddard’s First Liquid Fueled Rocket (within shouting distance of this marker); Jules Verne vs. NASA’s Apollo 11
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(within shouting distance of this marker); JT&KW Railroad & Indian River Steamboat Wharf, 1885 (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Project Mercury Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Titusville.
 
Also see . . .  Leopoldville Troopship Disaster (leopoldville.org). "On Christmas Eve 1944, the Belgium troopship Leopoldville, left the pier at Southampton, England with over 2,000 American soldiers assigned to the 66th Infantry Division and crossed the English Channel to France. Just 5 1/2 miles from its destination, Cherbourg, the Leopoldville was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-486. There were 763 American soldiers killed and the bodies of 493 were never recovered from the Channel’s frigid 48 degree waters...." (Submitted on December 30, 2019.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 7 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 29, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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