Private
Name
George Roger Connor
Nationality
American
Unit
Company B, 9th Armored Infantry Battalion
Location
Wardin, Belgium
Date
January 4, 1945
Survived the war?
No
6th Armored Division

Armoured salute

In a field just south of Wardin, Belgium, on Jan 4, 2000, I spread some dirt from his home at the place where he died in 1945, and I gathered some dirt from there to take back to Danville. Then, where he lived will be connected to where he died and where he rests.

I want them to be connected. Also on this bittersweet day, the mayors of Bastogne, Belgium, and Contern, Luxembourg, held receptions, read proclamations in honor of my father, and gave me souvenirs of their cities. I was overwhelmed.My father died from a severe head wound on a bitterly cold, snowy day during a German counterattack, preceded by a devastating artillery barrage. The Germans did not break through but the cost was dear. Company B suffered its greatest one-day losses ever: thirteen men were killed, 12 were wounded, and 16 went missing. Freedom is not free.

A member of The Greatest Generation, my father died in the greatest battle ever fought by the United States Army, in the bloodiest war in history. He helped defeat the determined and powerful army of a surpassingly evil regime.
I salute you, Dad. May God bless you. Rest in peace. We will meet again.

Roger Connor


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On January 10 1945 the 4th Armored Division attacked through its lines, and the next day the division took over the attack toward Bras. CCA captured Wardin on January 12 and CCB cleared Mageret on January 13/14. The 6-AD fought house-to-house in Oubourcy January 15 and seized Moinet and Hill 510 on January 20. Weiler fell January 22 and Kalborn fell, after an unsuccessful previous attack, on Jan 29. The division then took over a new zone west of the Our River on Feb 4 1945, and assembled at Kalborn February 6 1945.
On January 10 1945 the 4th Armored Division attacked through its lines, and the next day the division took over the attack toward Bras. CCA captured Wardin on January 12 and CCB cleared Mageret on January 13/14. The 6-AD fought house-to-house in Oubourcy January 15 and seized Moinet and Hill 510 on January 20. Weiler fell January 22 and Kalborn fell, after an unsuccessful previous attack, on Jan 29. The division then took over a new zone west of the Our River on Feb 4 1945, and assembled at Kalborn February 6 1945.
  • January 4, 1945
  • Luxembourg American Cemetery
  • Plot H Row 12 Grave 86

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