Richard J. BLAHA

 

blaha richard j
NUMBER OF SERVICE1011700
AGE27 ans
DATE OF BIRTH--
STATEOHIO
FAMILY--
RANKFirst Lieutenant
FONCTION--
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENT-OH
DATE of ENLISTEMENT--
 COMPANYCompany D
REGIMENT  85th Cavalry Reconn Squadron
DIVISION  5th Armored Division
DATE OF DEATH8 avril 1944blaha richard j tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHErnée, MAYENNE
CEMETERYBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY de St James

Plan du Cimetière Américain de St James

GRAVE
BlocRangTombe
N526
DECORATION

Purple Heart

Good Conduct Medal

European African Middle Eastern Campaing Medal

American Campaign Medal

World War II Victory Medal

Photo FDLM

Good Medal Conduite

EAMECampaign

american campaign medal

victory medal

 

us army div arm 5 85Cavalry Reconn Squadron
STORY
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The memorial faces the road and is just south of the small parking space in a roadside clearing when approaching the memorial from Ernée.

Monument In 1945, an American ambulance was attacked at the site, killing three and badly wounding a fourth. The wounded soldier, John Smith, was taken to a nearby hospital by French field workers who had witnessed the attack. He survived the incident and is honored today with this memorial which stands for all sacrifices made by American and French soldiers in the liberation of the area. The large stone memorial features a large center section with the engraved image of France and the cross of Lorraine while the side two sections list the names of nearby communities.

The memorial was inaugurated in 1948 by the nearby towns in honor of their liberation, and two plaques, one on either side of the memorial, tell the story of Smith and the liberators who served in the area. This plaque was inaugurated on the 8th of May 2003 in order to commemorate the Ernee Resistance in the presence of their families.

IN HONOR OF THE ERNEE RESISTANCE

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Release of Ernée

SOURCE INFORMATION & PHOTOmayenne-ww2.forumactif.org - uswarmemorials.org - Findagrave.com - www.abmc.gov - www.honorstates.org - 
www.findagrave.com - http://www.uswarmemorials.org/…/1371133788ernee%20memorial%… - http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php… - http://mayenne-ww2.forumactif.org/t454p25-ernee-larchamp - http://www.lecourrierdelamayenne.fr/actualite-1587-un-ernee… - http://www.5ad.org/kia.html - Jean-François Pellouais
PROGRAMMEURSFrédéric & Renaud