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KIA 70 years ago today, Waddgassen, Germany


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World War Two claimed countless lives, and 70 years ago that war came to a close. Many men perished each day as the Allies drove Hitler's Armies farther back and pushed deeper into the heart of Germany- this would come at a heavy cost. Nearly 300 of the 65th Infantry Division's men would be killed in action between January and May of 1945, not counting those who died of wounds or other causes. In particular, on this day along the Saar River's famed Siegfried Line, Private First Class Oscar A. Wilson and Private First Class Ralph A. Cuca would give the ultimate sacrifice for their country, freedom, and liberty loving people everywhere while on a daylight patrol. They were a part of K Company's 2nd Platoon in the 259th Infantry Regiment of the 65th Infantry Division and were led by 2nd Lieutenant Fred B. Kohl. Today, PFC Wilson is laid to rest in his home of Saint Albans, West Virginia and PFC Cuca is laid to rest among his comrades in the American Military Cemetery in Luxembourg. We must never forget the evil that was, nor shall we forget the sacrifice made by men such as PFCs Wilson and Cuca to end that evil. May they forever remain at peace with God the Father in Heaven.

 

"Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori"

"It is sweet and right to die for your country."-Horace

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2nd Platoon in January of 1945 at Camp Luckystrike, France

ALWAYS LOOKING FOR ITEMS FROM THE 65TH INFANTRY DIVISION, WWII OR MARYLAND WING OF CIVIL AIR PATROL, AND THE DC AIR NATIONAL GUARD

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