Keyser in Mineral County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
The Bridge at Remagen
"The whole Allied force is delighted to cheer the U.S. First Army whose speed and boldness have won the race to establish our first bridgehead over the Rhine. Please tell all ranks how proud I am."
With the 78th across, the US toehold became a foothold, and what had only been a dream had suddenly become a reality. Eisenhower stood in disbelief that his forces were now pushing forward on the eastern shore of the Rhine, months ahead of when his staff had planned.
For nine days the battered Bridge remained standing, allowed US Forces to pour into Germany. The 311th, 78th Division was the first Regiment across, and their bridgehead expanded, US Forces constructed six pontoons bridges adjacent to it, to ensure a steady flow of men and supplies across the Rhine. Continuously rocked by German attacks, the vibrations of US vehicles, and the effects of the initial German attempt at demolition, on March 17th, the Bridge at Remagen finally fell. But she had served her purpose - - American Forces were now spearheading an attack on the "Berlin side of the Rhine," riding the
Ken Heckler took first-hand accounts and conducted extensive interviews with the soldiers who took the Bridge, and wrote the premier account of the event. Again, Hollywood has also provided a visual account of the extraordinary event based on Heckler's book "The Bridge at Remagen." Ken Heckler was Keynote speaker at the annual Ed Kelley memorial on 1991.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 17, 1991.
Location. 39° 26.386′ N, 78° 58.619′ W. Marker is in Keyser, West Virginia, in Mineral County. Marker is on East Piedmont Street (Route 46) just west of North Davis Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31 E Piedmont St, Keyser WV 26726, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Bridge at Remagen (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Bridge at Remagen (here, next to this marker); Encircling the Nazi War Machine & German Capitulation (here, next to this marker); The Aftermath of Kesternich / Germans Retreat (here, next to this marker); The Battle for Kesternich (here, next to this marker); The Medal of Honor (here, next to this marker); Jonah Edward Kelley (here, next to this marker); Regaining the Initiative (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keyser.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2. submitted on July 14, 2020.