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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Bedford, Virginia

 
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1 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 110th Field Artillery Battalion, 29th Infantry Division“Sicut Quercus” (“As the Oak”) — National D-Day Memorial —
The 110th Field Artillery (FA), the Maryland National Guard's senior artillery organization, traces its origin to 28 December 1915, when Battery A, Maryland FA, was activated at Pikesville. Upon America's April 1917 entry into World War I, Battery A . . . Map (db m240656) HM WM
2 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division“Rally Round the Flag” — National D-Day Memorial —
The 115th Infantry was organized on 29 September 1881 as the 1st Battalion of Infantry, Maryland National Guard, from existing independent companies, including those at Hagerstown and Frederick. It was expanded and redesignated on 1 May 1886 as the . . . Map (db m241025) HM WM
3 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division“The Stonewall Brigade” — National D-Day Memorial —
Raised in 1741, the militia that became the 116th Infantry Regiment campaigned from Virginia's Shenandoah Valley against the Indians, the French, and the British. In 1861, that antecedent force grew into the first Virginia Brigade, Army of the . . . Map (db m241028) HM WM
4 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 121st Engineer Combat Battalion, 29th Infantry Division“Nihil Timemus” (“We Fear Nothing”) — National D-Day Memorial —
Constituted in May 1802 as the Columbian Brigade of the District of Columbia Militia, the 121st Engineers antecedents served with distinction as infantry in the War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, war with Spain, and World War 1, In January 1921, . . . Map (db m241862) WM
5 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division“Duce Amore Patrice” (Having Been Led by Love of Country) — National D-Day Memorial —
A veteran regiment with service dating from the Civil War, the 12th Infantry was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division on 10 October 1941. After completing individual, unit, and maneuver training from 1942 through 1943, the Regiment deployed to . . . Map (db m240627) WM
6 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division“Always Prepared” — National D-Day Memorial —
Constituted on 3 May 1861, the 16th Infantry Regiment distinguished itself in the Civil War, Indian Wars, War with Spain, Philippine Insurrections, and World War I. Before Operation Overlord, the regiment had already served in the Big Red One's . . . Map (db m241634) HM WM
7 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 175th Infantry Regiment (Maryland), 29th Infantry Division“Decus et Praesidium” — National D-Day Memorial —
The 175th Infantry Regiment is one of the oldest military organizations in the United States. Founded on 3 December 1774 as the Baltimore Independent Cadets, it later became a component of the "Maryland Line" and fought in most of the major battles . . . Map (db m241018) HM WM
8 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division“Vanguards” — National D-Day Memorial —
Constituted in May of 1861, the 18th Infantry Regiment served with distinction in twenty-three campaigns spanning the Civil War, Indian Wars, War with Spain, Philippine Insurrection, and World War 1. In World War II, the 18th Infantry took part in . . . Map (db m241678) HM WM
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9 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 1st Engineer Special Brigade — National D-Day Memorial —
The 1st Engineer Special Brigade (ESB), which had served with distinction on Sicily under the command of Colonel Eugene Caffey, arrived in England in December of 1943 with the nucleus of its large organization. The 1st ESB headquarters brought with . . . Map (db m240748) WM
10 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 1st Special Brigade (Commandos) — National D-Day Memorial —
The 1st Special Service Brigade (SSB) established during World War II comprised elements of the Army and the Royal Marines (RM). Its separate units served in Norway and the disastrous pre-D-Day raid at Dieppe, France before coming together for . . . Map (db m241248) HM WM
11 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 225th AAA Searchlight Battalion“Skylighters” — National D-Day Memorial —
Activated on 15 November 1942 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, as the 3rd battalion of the 510th Coast Artillery Regiment, the unit was redesignated the 225th Searchlight Battalion on 20 January 1943. Well trained and technically proficient, the 225th . . . Map (db m240177) WM
12 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division"Deeds Not Words” — National D-Day Memorial —
The 22nd Infantry Regiment served with distinction in a number of the nation's early conflicts before joining the 4th Infantry Division in 1923. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Regiment trained for two years before embarking for England in . . . Map (db m240622) HM WM
13 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 238th Engineer Combat Battalion“Victoria per Construere” — National D-Day Memorial —
238th Engineer Combat Battalion “Victoria per Construere” Activated on 13 June 1942 as the Second Battalion of the 51st Engineer Combat Regiment, the 238th Engineer Combat Battalion (ECB) saw its first action of the Second World . . . Map (db m240386) HM WM
14 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division"Blue Spaders" — National D-Day Memorial —
Constituted in 1901, the 26th Infantry Regiment served in the Philippine Islands, along the Mexican border, and in World War I. During the Second World War, the unit distinguished itself in the 1st Infantry Division’s amphibious assaults on and . . . Map (db m241940) HM WM
15 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 29th Infantry Division“The Blue and Gray Division” — National D-Day Memorial —
Constituted from National Guard units of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, DC, the 29th Infantry Division was activated on 25 August 1917 at Camp McClellan, Alabama. The Blue and Gray Division traces its antecedents to the . . . Map (db m241805) HM WM
16 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 29th Ranger BattalionNational D-Day Memorial
In December 1942, Headquarters U.S. Army, European Theater of Operations, authorized the activation of the 2nd Provisional Ranger Battalion. That order was prompted by the void created among U.S. Army units in the British Isles by the departure of . . . Map (db m243036) HM WM
17 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 2006 — 320th Anti-Aircraft Balloon BattalionVery Low Altitude (VLA) — National D-Day Memorial —
320th Anti-Aircraft Balloon Battalion Very Low Altitude (VLA) The 320th Coast Artillery Barrage Balloon Battalion (Colored) was activated at Camp Tyson, Tennessee, on 10 December 1942. All the enlisted men and seventeen of the . . . Map (db m240367) HM WM
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18 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division"Let’s Go" — National D-Day Memorial —
Constituted in 1917, the 325th Infantry Regiment served as part of the 82nd Division during World War 1, earning campaign credits for hard-fought actions at St. Mihiel and in the Meuse-Argonne. Soon after the United States entered World War II, the . . . Map (db m240645) HM WM
19 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 327 Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division“Honor and Country” — National D-Day Memorial —
Constituted in 1917, the 321th Infantry Regiment served as part of the 82nd Division during World War I, earning campaign credits for hard-fought actions in France. The 321th returned to active duty soon after America's entry into World War II. On . . . Map (db m240640) WM
20 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 359 Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division“Carry On” — National D-Day Memorial —
Constituted in 1917, the 359th Infantry Regiment served in several hard-fought campaigns during World War I. Recalled to active service in March 1942, it was reorganized at Camp Barkeley, Texas, and assigned to the 90th Infantry Division. The . . . Map (db m240639) HM WM
21 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 411th Gun Battalion“Until the Final Gun” — National D-Day Memorial —
Organized in September 1942, the 411th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion trained at Camp Davis, North Carolina before being dispatched overseas to the European Theater of Operations in January 1944. On D+2, the 411th landed with their 90mm guns . . . Map (db m240178) HM WM
22 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 4th Special Service Brigade (Commandos) — National D-Day Memorial —
Formed in March 1944 around a nucleus of well-trained units drawn from the Royal Marines (RM), the 4th Special Service Brigade (SSB) would land at Normandy on 6 June 1944 and later take part in the Battle of the Scheldt and the Walcheren Islands . . . Map (db m241310) HM WM
23 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division“Geronimo” — National D-Day Memorial —
With Colonel Howard R. "Jumpy" Johnson commanding, the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) was constituted and activated at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, on 15 November 1942. Under Col. Johnson, the unit participated (with paratroopers crying out . . . Map (db m240647) HM WM
24 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division"Strike" — National D-Day Memorial —
Activated on 1 July 1941, the 502nd Parachute Infantry Battalion became a three battalion parachute infantry regiment (PIR) on 2 March 1942 at Fort Benning, Georgia, with Colonel George Van Horn Moseley Jr. commanding. Col. Moseley led the Regiment . . . Map (db m240597) WM
25 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division"Panthers" — National D-Day Memorial —
Constituted as the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) and activated at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1942, the Regiment became part of the 82nd Airborne Division (ABD) in February 1943. Led by Colonel James M. Gavin, the 505th PIR was reinforced by . . . Map (db m240537) HM WM
26 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division“Currahee” (Stands Alone) — National D-Day Memorial —
Activated on 20 July 1942 at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) came on line under the command of Colonel Robert F. Sink, who remained commander throughout its service. Early in its training near Currahee Mountain in . . . Map (db m240607) WM
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27 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division"Down to Earth" — National D-Day Memorial —
Constituted as the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), the unit was activated at Fort Benning, Georgia, on 20 July 1942. After conducting basic and advanced airborne training in the United States as part of the 1st Airborne Brigade, the . . . Map (db m240525) HM WM
28 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division"Diabolos" — National D-Day Memorial —
Constituted as the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) and activated at Camp Blanding, Florida, on 20 October 1942 with Colonel Roy E. Lindquist commanding, this unit completed basic training and moved to Ft. Benning, Georgia, for parachute . . . Map (db m240589) WM
29 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division"Fifty Div" — National D-Day Memorial —
A first-line Territorial Army Division peopled by miners and shipbuilders from the region of northeastern England bounded by the Rivers Tyne and Tees (hence the TT shoulder patch), the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division was organized on 3 . . . Map (db m241601) HM WM
30 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 5th Engineer Special Brigade — National D-Day Memorial —
Organized in the United Kingdom in November 1943 from the 1119th Engineer Combat Group, the 5th Engineer Special Brigade (ESB) was composed primarily of three attached engineer combat battalions, the 37th, 336th, and 348th Enginers. Each of those . . . Map (db m241613) HM WM
31 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 6th Engineer Special Brigade — National D-Day Memorial —
The 6th Engineer Special Brigade (ESB) was formed in January of 1944 from the 1116th Engineer Combat Group (147th, 149th, and 203rd Engineer Combat Battalions). Colonel Paul Thompson assumed command of the 10,000-man unit soon thereafter. The . . . Map (db m240793) HM WM
32 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 761st Tank Battalion“Black Panthers” — National D-Day Memorial —
On 15 March 1942, the War Department activated the 761st Tank Battalion (Light) at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. The battalion's 36 officers and 593 enlisted men moved to Camp Hood, Texas, to train and convert to M4A3 Sherman tanks. On 10 October 1944, . . . Map (db m240462) HM WM
33 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division"Fighting Eagles" — National D-Day Memorial —
Constituted on 5 July 1838, the 8th Infantry Regiment had distinguished itself long before its assignment to the 4th Division on 24 March 1923. On D-Day the constricted landing area on Utah Beach compelled the division to attack in a column of . . . Map (db m240613) HM WM
34 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion“High Dawn” — National D-Day Memorial —
Activated on 15 February 1944 at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Arkansas, as the 91st Chemical Battalion Motorized, the battalion was redesignated the 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion on 22 February 1944. Lt. Col. Roy Muth assumed command on that day and . . . Map (db m240470) HM WM
35 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — A Community at "the Mons"Blue Ridge Parkway
By the mid-1800s, the village of Mons, which is Latin for mountain, had grown up around the Peaks of Otter. There was a church, a school, two mills, and a hotel. The small community provided services to tourists who had discovered the Peaks of Otter . . . Map (db m134491) HM
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36 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Abbott LakeStanley William Abbott — 1908 - 1975 —
The first resident landscape architect and planner of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was his vision, imagination, and creative talents in the Parkway's formative stages that made the Blue Ridge Parkway unique.Map (db m9743) HM
37 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Aeronca L-3 “Grasshopper” — National D-Day Memorial —
Though not used in connection with the D-Day landing in France, the restored L-3 "Grasshopper" (thus nicknamed for its similarity to the insect) displayed here does bear the variegated markings of the Allied Air Forces. Alluded to in the granite . . . Map (db m242020) HM WM
38 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Annie J. Bronson Veterans Memorial Walk — National D-Day Memorial —
Annie J. Bronson was born in Kansas, the daughter of a Union Army Officer. Her father was in Abraham Lincoln's Army during the Civil War. She was not politically active in Massachusetts and had never been to Virginia, but was "fiercely patriotic," a . . . Map (db m241706) HM WM
39 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Apple Orchard Mtn.
The parkway reaches its highest elevation in Virginia - - 3950 - - on Apple Orchard Mountain. Wind, ice and snow of raging winter storms have pruned this mountaintop forest, giving it an “Old Apple Orchard” appearance. This . . . Map (db m95966) HM
40 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Arthur William TedderNational D-Day Memorial
William Arthur Tedder 11 July 1890 - 3 June 1967 Deputy Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force (AEF) While reading history at Cambridge (1913), Arthur Tedder secured a commission in the Dorsetshire Regiment. Injured . . . Map (db m240287) HM WM
41 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — AustraliaNational D-Day Memorial
Most of the 1,100 officers and men of the Royal Australian Volunteer Naval Reserve who took part in Operation Neptune on D-Day did so aboard British ships. Some also served as commanders of one of several landing flotillas or motor torpedo boats. . . . Map (db m240076) HM WM
42 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — AvenelIn the Eye of the Storm — Hunter’s Raid —
(preface) On May 26, 1864, Union Gen. David Hunter marched south from Cedar Creek near Winchester to drive out Confederate forces, lay waste to the Shenandoah Valley, and destroy transportation facilities at Lynchburg. His raid was part of . . . Map (db m42844) HM
43 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — BedfordHunter’s Raid — 1864 Valley Campaign —
On the evening of June 15, 1864, the lead element of Union Gen. David Hunter’s 18,000-man army arrived here and cam near Avenel. The main force arrived the following morning and started destroying the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad tracks, burning . . . Map (db m41408) HM
44 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — K-134 — Bedford
This place became the county seat of Bedford when it was moved from New London in 1782. First called Liberty (incorporated in 1839), the town changed its name to Bedford City in 1890 and to Bedford in 1912. A third courthouse, built in 1834, was . . . Map (db m42879) HM
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45 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Bedford County Confederate Monument
Deo Vindice To the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors of Bedford County. 1861-1865 Bedford honors her heroes; proudly rejoicing with the living; sincerely mourning the dead. Their history is it's brightest page, exhibiting the . . . Map (db m43042) HM
46 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Bedford County WWII Memorial
June 6 1944 Erected by the Parker-Hoback Post, 29th Division Association, in memory of the Bedford County men of the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, who gave their lives in the preparation for and the participation in the Normandy . . . Map (db m52054) HM
47 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Bedford’s Volunteer Company
Oct. 10, 1774 In memory of Bedford’s Volunteer Company which fought in The Battle of Point Pleasant Thomas Buford, Captain Thomas Dooley, Lieut. Sergeants Jonathan Cundiff, Ensign Nicholas Mead • William Kennedy • John . . . Map (db m43717) HM
48 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — BelgiumNational D-Day Memorial
The Belgian Section of the Royal Air Force was officially recognized as a Belgian Force on June 4, 1942. On D-Day, some two years later, Belgium's 350th Squadron took part in the aerial defense of both Gold and Sword Beaches. In the hours . . . Map (db m240072) HM WM
49 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Bernard Law “Monty” MontgomeryNational D-Day Memorial
Bernard Law “Monty” Montgomery 17 November 1887 - 24 March 1976 Commander, 21st Army Group Bernard Montgomery attended the King's School, Canterbury; St. Paul's School, London; and Royal Military Academy. He joined the Royal . . . Map (db m240257) HM
50 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Bertram Home RamsayNational D-Day Memorial
20 January 1883 ~ 2 January 1945 Naval Commander, in Chief of the Allied Naval Expeditionary Force Entering the Royal Navy from Colchester Royal Grammar School in 1898, Bertram Ramsay rose to midshipman a year later. His first . . . Map (db m240289) WM
51 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Bobbie and Peggy Quonset Hut — National D-Day Memorial —
The WWII generation grew to appreciate the practical nature of Quonset huts, or Q huts, as they were called by the millions acquainted with them. These pre-fabricated buildings of WWII, seen on military bases across the nation and in both theaters . . . Map (db m241558) HM WM
52 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Bobbie G. Johnson Pavilion — National D-Day Memorial —
Quonset huts met a critical need for the WWII generation. With millions returning home from service after the war, the country faced the worst housing shortage in its history. According to an article printed in 1946 by Popular Science . . . Map (db m243139) HM WM
53 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — CanadaNational D-Day Memorial
On D-Day 15,000 troops in Canada's 3rd Infantry Division landed on Juno Beach under the operational control of the British 1st Corps. The Royal Canadian Air Force committed 39 strategic and tactical squadrons on D-Day, flying 230 sorties of the . . . Map (db m240071) HM WM
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54 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Chad Valley Toy CompanyNational D-Day Memorial
Around 1820, Anthony Bunn Johnson established a printing and book-binding business at Birmingham, England. The firm prospered under Johnson and his heirs, relocating to Harborne in 1897 as Johnson Brothers Ltd. Sited near a small stream called Chad, . . . Map (db m240332) HM WM
55 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Chief of Staff to the Supreme Allied Commander (COSSAC)National D-Day Memorial
January 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill accompanied by their senior military-poltical advisors, gathered at Casablanca, Morocco, to settle on a strategy for the defeat of Germany. Despite profound . . . Map (db m240308) WM
56 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Clement Richard Attlee — National D-Day Memorial —
Clement Richard Attlee 3 January 1883 - 8 October 1967 Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1945 - 1951 Clement Attlee, read history at University College, Oxford, graduating in 1904. He joined the Independent Labor Party in 1908 and . . . Map (db m240672) HM WM
57 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Combat Medics — National D-Day Memorial —
Medics in World War II were the front line of battlefield medicine. Typically a battalion of some 400 to 500 men would have about thirty medics or aidmen; although later in the campaign, attrition often made that number much smaller. Their job was . . . Map (db m241201) WM
58 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Combat Wounded Veterans — National D-Day Memorial —
[front] Dedicated To The Recipients Of The Nation's Oldest Military Decoration "The Purple Heart" Combat Wounded Veterans Military Order of the Purple Heart 1782 - 1932 My stone is red for the blood they . . . Map (db m241800) WM
59 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Company A, 116th Infantry Regiment — National D-Day Memorial —
One of twelve letter companies of the 29th Infantry Division's 116 Infantry Regiment, Company A, under the command of Captain Taylor N. Fellers, landed in gray dawn at H-Hour, 0630, on the Dog Green sector of Omaha Beach. One of the six assault . . . Map (db m241472) HM WM
60 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Company B, 116th Infantry Regiment — National D-Day Memorial —
Called up from Lynchburg, Virgina, to become another of the twelve letter companies in the 29th Infantry Division's 116th Infantry Regiment, Company B, under the command of Captain Ettore V. Zappacosta, was scheduled to land on the Dog Green sector . . . Map (db m241478) HM WM
61 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Company C, 116th Infantry RegimentNational D-Day Memorial
Inducted into federal service at its Virginia National Guard armory in Harrisonburg on 3 February 1941, Company C, 116th Infantry, trained in England for twenty months to prepare for its pivotal role on Omaha Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944. Commanded . . . Map (db m240893) HM WM
62 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Company D, 116th Infantry Regiment — National D-Day Memorial —
Presidential Unit Citation, French Croix de Guerre with Palm Formed at Roanoke, Virginia, Company D of the 116th Infantry Regiment, under the command of Captain Walter O. Schilling, was one of four infantry companies in the 116th Regiment . . . Map (db m241452) HM WM
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63 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Company E, 116th Infantry Regiment — National D-Day Memorial —
Federalized at Chase City, Virginia, on 3 February 1941, Company E, 116th Infantry, moved to Ft. Meade, Maryland, for training then sailed for Great Britain on HMS Queen Mary in October 1942 to continue training and begin preparing for its . . . Map (db m240914) HM WM
64 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Company F, 116th Infantry Regiment — National D-Day Memorial —
Activated in South Boston, Virginia, Company F, under the command of Captain William R. Callahan, was one of four infantry companies to land at H-Hour, 0630, in the 116th Infantry's first-wave assault on Omaha Beach. Its mission was to secure the . . . Map (db m241314) HM WM
65 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Company G, 116th Infantry Regiment — National D-Day Memorial —
Federalized from Farmville, Virginia, on 3 February 1941, Company G, commanded by Captain Eccles H. Scott, was one of three companies of the 116th Intantry's Second Battalion to assault Omaha Beach in the first wave. Slated to land in Dog White . . . Map (db m241316) HM WM
66 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Company H, 116th Infantry Regiment — National D-Day Memorial —
Mobilized by proclamation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt on 3 February 1941, members of Company H, 16th Infantry, reported to their Virginia National Guard armory in Martinsville for what was supposed to be one year of active service, but which . . . Map (db m240908) HM WM
67 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Company I, 116th Infantry Regiment — National D-Day Memorial —
On 3 February 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a decree calling the 29th Infantry Division into active service for one year, which became five. Responding to that call, National Guardsmen from Frederick County, Virginia, and nearby areas . . . Map (db m241467) HM WM
68 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Company K, 116th Infantry Regiment — National D-Day Memorial —
Federalized from Charlottesville, Virginia, on 3 February 1941, Company K, commanded by Captain William G. Pingley Jr., was one of four companies of the 116th Infantry's Third Battalion to land at Omaha Beach in the third wave. The six approaching . . . Map (db m241318) HM WM
69 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Company L, 116th Infantry Regiment — National D-Day Memorial —
Mobilized on 3 February 1941 by order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, citizen-soldiers of Company L, 116th Infantry, reported to their Virginia National Guard armory at Staunton for a year's active service plus another four added by the bombing . . . Map (db m241325) HM WM
70 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Company M, 116th Infantry Regiment — National D-Day Memorial —
On 3 February 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt mobilized the 29th Infantry Division for a year's active service. Peopled by citizen soldiers from Greenville County and other Virginia locales nearby, Company M of the 116th Infantry Regiment . . . Map (db m240901) HM WM
71 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — CzechoslovakiaNational D-Day Memorial
The Free Czechoslovakian Army's 1st Armored Brigade did not deploy to Normandy until several weeks after the Allied landing, but the four Free Czechoslovakian squadrons that flew with the Royal Air Force all took part in D-Day. The colors flown at . . . Map (db m240070) HM WM
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72 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — D-Day Monument
This monument’s representation of these distinct phases of the events around D-Day is particularly evident from this position. In the distance straight ahead, a formal garden planted in the design of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary . . . Map (db m107695) WM
73 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — DeltakermedaljenNational D-Day Memorial
Instituted on 19 September 1945, the Deltakermedaljen (Defense Participation Medal 1940-1945) was awarded to members of the Norwegian military and merchant marine as well as to eligible allies and civilians who participated in combat or . . . Map (db m240437) WM
74 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Dwight David “Ike” EisenhowerNational D-Day Memorial
Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower 14 October 1890 - 28 March 1969 Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force, Operation Overlord A member of "the class the stars fell on," Dwight David Eisenhower graduated from the United . . . Map (db m240230) HM WM
75 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Edward R. Stettinius Jr. ParadeNational D-Day Memorial
Edward Reilly Stettinius Jr., 1900-1949, was an American industrialist and statesman, After studies at the Pomfret School and University of Virginia, he entered industry, becoming a vice president of General Motors (1931) and Chairman of the Board . . . Map (db m240356) HM WM
76 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Eighth United States Air Force“The Mighty Eighth” — National D-Day Memorial —
Constituted as VIll Bomber Command to support the invasion of North Africa, the Mighty Eighth was officially born in Savannah, Georgia, on 29 January 1942. Securing approval from the War Department to activate an air force as part of the U.S. Army . . . Map (db m241217) WM
77 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Elmon T. Gray Plaza — National D-Day Memorial —
The Hon. Elmon T. Gray's service with the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II, in the Senate of Virginia from 1972 through 1992, to the National D-Day Memorial, and for the broad advancement of philanthropy . . . Map (db m241549) HM WM
78 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Elmon T. Gray Plaza — National D-Day Memorial —
Operation Overlord with its naval component, Operation Neptune, was the largest combined-arms endeavor in history. On D-Day, 6 June 1944 tens of thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guardsmen and merchant seamen from twelve . . . Map (db m243198) HM WM
79 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Exercise Tiger22-30 April 1944 — National D-Day Memorial —
In February 1944, soon after the arrival of Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery in England to lead Operation Overlord, planning for the D-Day invasion accelerated and expanded. To the three Norman beaches already selected as invasion sites, they . . . Map (db m240329) HM WM
80 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Fifth Ranger Battalion“Rangers Lead the Way” — National D-Day Memorial —
One of two battalions that on D-Day made up the Provisional Ranger Group (PRG) under the command of Lt. Col. James E. Rudder, the Fifth Ranger Battalion was activated at Camp Forest, Tennessee, on 1 September 1943. For the landing, the PRG was . . . Map (db m241873) HM WM
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81 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — First Infantry Division“The Big Red One” — National D-Day Memorial —
Constituted in May of 1917 from active Army units serving throughout the United States, the First Expeditionary Division was officially organized on 8 June 1917. Transported to Europe six days later, it was designated the First Division on 6 July . . . Map (db m241869) HM WM
82 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Four Chaplains Field Chapel — National D-Day Memorial —
The four chaplains giving the National D-Day Memorial field chapel its name were among 4 soldiers, merchant seamen, naval armed guard, coast guardsmen, and civilian workers embarked for Greenland aboard USAT Dorchester . At 0100 hours on 3 . . . Map (db m241069) HM WM
83 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Fourth Infantry Division“The Ivy Division” — National D-Day Memorial —
Officially organized on 10 December 1917 at Camp Greene, North Carolina, the Fourth Infantry Division was constituted from Regular Army units. The Ivy Division joined the Allied Expeditionary Force and served with distinction in five World War I . . . Map (db m240777) HM WM
84 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — FranceNational D-Day Memorial
France contributed three fighter groups and four bomber groups to the Allied Expeditionary Air Force on D-Day. Two French cruisers and a destroyer took part in the naval bombardment, and French frigates, corvettes, and submarine chasers performed . . . Map (db m240063) HM WM
85 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — France and Germany StarNational D-Day Memorial
In the United Kingdom, the next of kin of British service members killed during the Second World War received a Memorial Scroll. Beneath the royal emblem of King George VI, appeared this text:
This scroll commemorates [service . . . Map (db m240441) WM
86 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Franklin Delano RooseveltNational D-Day Memorial
Franklin Delano Roosevelt 30 January 1882-12 April 1945 32nd President of the United States, 1933-1945 In his first inaugural address, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) told a nation mired in the Great Depression "the only thing . . . Map (db m240223) HM WM
87 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — French Forces of the Interior (FFI)"The Maquis" — National D-Day Memorial —
Taking its nickname from the Corsican expression for the underbrush outlaws hid in, the FFI was a loose alliance of French Resistance movements including, among others, Francs Tireurs et Partisans, Organisation Civile et Militaire, Libération-Nord, . . . Map (db m241594) HM WM
88 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — General Leonard T. Gerow (1888-1972) — National D-Day Memorial —
General Leonard T. Gerow (1888-1972) Chief, War Plans Division and Assistant Chief of Staff of the U. S. Army (1941-1942); Commanter, 29th Infantry Division (1942-1943); Commander V Corps (1943-1945); Commander, 15th Army (1945); . . . Map (db m240879) HM WM
89 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — General of the Army George C. Marshall (1880-1959) — National D-Day Memorial —
General of the Army George C. Marshall (1880-1959) Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army (1939-1945), Secretary of State (1947-1949) President, American Red Cross (1949-1950), Secretary of Defense (1950-1951) Nobel Peace Prize (1953) A . . . Map (db m240418) HM WM
90 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — George “Jimmy” Green CircleNational D-Day Memorial
One of the major components of the National D-Day Memorial, Green Circle, named for Sub-Lieutenant George “Jimmy” Green, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, recognizes the service and contribution of the Allied Navy in support of the Normandy landing and . . . Map (db m243024) HM WM
91 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — George Smith PattonNational D-Day Memorial
11 November 1885 ~ 21 December 1945 “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” As Commanding General of the First U.S. Army Group (FUSAG), Lt. Gen. George S. Patton made a singular contribution to the Allied success on D-Day. . . . Map (db m240303) HM WM
92 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Gold Star Families Memorial Monument — National D-Day Memorial —
[front] A tribute to Gold Star Mothers, Fathers, and Relatives who sacrificed a Loved One for our Freedom. [reverse] Homeland, Family, Patriot, Sacrifice Map (db m241530) WM
93 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Gold Star Family Memorial Garden — National D-Day Memorial —
By design separate and modest in scope, this garden exists to recognize the irreplaceable loss experienced by families whose parents, children, spouses, and siblings die in battle. Planted away from the components of the Memorial that deal with the . . . Map (db m241967) HM WM
94 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — GreeceNational D-Day Memorial
Limiting its naval and military commitment primarily to the Balkans and Mediterranean, Greece nevertheless did deploy two Royal Hellenic Navy corvettes for Operation Neptune. Those vessels escorted convoys to Juno, Gold, and Sword Beaches. As was . . . Map (db m240018) HM WM
95 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Harry S. TrumanNational D-Day Memorial
Harry S. Truman 8 May 1884 - 26 December 1972 33rd President of the United States, 1945 - 1953 The only president to have experienced combat in World War I, Harry S. Truman gave up his artillery captaincy at war's end. He . . . Map (db m240352) HM WM
96 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — K-132 — Home of John Goode
Here is the home of John Goode, political leader, born 1829, died, 1909. Goode was a member of the secession convention of 1861; of the Confederate Congress and of the United States Congress; Solicitor General of the United States; president of the . . . Map (db m42877) HM
97 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — K-130 — Hunter's Bivouac
Near here General Hunter, on his retreat from Lynchburg, halted for the night of June 18, 1864. He resumed his retreat early in the morning of June 19.Map (db m42875) HM
98 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Joseph “Lightning Joe” Lawton Collins (1896-1987) — National D-Day Memorial —
Chief of Staff, Hawaiian Department (1941-1942); Commander, 25th Infantry Division (1942-1943); Commander VIl Corps (1944-1945); Chief of Army Information (1945-1947); Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Army (1947-1949): Chief of Staff, U.S. Army . . . Map (db m242019) HM WM
99 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Joseph Stalin — National D-Day Memorial —
Joseph Stalin 21 December 1879 - 5 March 1953 General Secretary of the Communist Party In 1922, Joseph Stalin became General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and spent the next seven years . . . Map (db m240663) HM WM
100 Virginia, Bedford County, Bedford — Lend-Lease (Public Law 77-11)“An Act Further to Promote the Defense of the United States” — National D-Day Memorial —
Perhaps inspired by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's homey metaphor of a person lending a neighbor a garden hose to extinguish his burning house then getting it back when the fire is out, the initiative that came to be known as Lend Lease was . . . Map (db m240806) HM WM

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