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Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

1941—1945

 
 
Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 1, 2008
1. Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial Marker
Inscription. In proud remembrance of the achievements of her sons and in humble tribute to their sacrifices this memorial has been erected by the United States of America.
 
Location. 49° 36.75′ N, 6° 11.112′ E. Marker is in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Marker is on Val du Scheid. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 Val du Scheid, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 2517, Luxembourg.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Military Operations in Western Europe (within shouting distance of this marker).
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial Marker-side view image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 1, 2008
2. Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial Marker-side view
Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial-Entrance gate image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 1, 2008
3. Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial-Entrance gate
William D. McGee Medal of Honor Recipient World War II image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 1, 2008
4. William D. McGee Medal of Honor Recipient World War II
He is buried in Luxembourg American Cemetery. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: *McGEE, WILLIAM D. Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Medical Detachment, 304th Infantry, 76th Infantry Division Place and date: Near Mulheim, Germany, 18 March 1945 Entered service at: Indianapolis, Ind. G.O. No.: 21, 26 February 1946 Citation: A medical aid man, he made a night crossing of the Moselle River with troops endeavoring to capture the town of Mulheim. The enemy had retreated in the sector where the assault boats landed, but had left the shore heavily strewn with antipersonnel mines. Two men of the first wave attempting to work their way forward detonated mines which wounded them seriously, leaving them bleeding and in great pain beyond the reach of their comrades. Entirely on his own initiative, Pvt. McGee entered the minefield, brought out 1 of the injured to comparative safety, and had returned to rescue the second victim when he stepped on a mine and was severely wounded in the resulting explosion. Although suffering intensely and bleeding profusely, he shouted orders that none of his comrades was to risk his life by entering the death-sown field to render first aid that might have saved his life. In making the supreme sacrifice, Pvt. demonstrated a concern for the well-being of his fellow soldiers that transcended all considerations for his own safety and a gallantry in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Day G. Turner-Medal of Honor Recipient World War II image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 1, 2008
5. Day G. Turner-Medal of Honor Recipient World War II
He is buried in Luxembourg American Cemetery. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: TURNER, DAY G. Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 319th Infantry, 80th Infantry Division Place and date: At Dahl, Luxembourg, 8 January 1945 Entered service at. Nescopek, Pa. G.O. No.: 49, 28 June 1945 Citation: He commanded a 9-man squad with the mission of holding a critical flank position. When overwhelming numbers of the enemy attacked under cover of withering artillery, mortar, and rocket fire, he withdrew his squad into a nearby house, determined to defend it to the last man. The enemy attacked again and again and were repulsed with heavy losses. Supported by direct tank fire, they finally gained entrance, but the intrepid sergeant refused to surrender although 5 of his men were wounded and 1 was killed. He boldly flung a can of flaming oil at the first wave of attackers, dispersing them, and fought doggedly from room to room, closing with the enemy in fierce hand-to-hand encounters. He hurled handgrenade for handgrenade, bayoneted 2 fanatical Germans who rushed a doorway he was defending and fought on with the enemy's weapons when his own ammunition was expended. The savage fight raged for 4 hours, and finally, when only 3 men of the defending squad were left unwounded, the enemy surrendered. Twenty-five prisoners were taken, 11 enemy dead and a great number of wounded were counted. Sgt. Turner's valiant stand will live on as a constant inspiration to his comrades His heroic, inspiring leadership, his determination and courageous devotion to duty exemplify the highest tradition of the military service.
 
 
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