73 years later, Iron Horse Soldiers continue D-Day legacy, commemorate service, sacrifice of WWII

Berets and wreaths. MONTEBOURG, France--More than 100 U.S. Army Soldiers, join the commanding general, French compatriots and people of Montebourg, France, during a march from the town center to the town's World War II memorial wall. Select Soldiers from "Fighting Eagles," 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., participated in the march to the memorial dedication hosted by Maj. Gen. Ryan F. Gonsalves, commanding general of the 4th Inf. Div., Monteburg civic leaders, French compatriots and veterans. The Soldiers of 3rd ABCT are currently deployed in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, U.S. forces' commitment to the collective security of eastern Europe, conducting bilateral training and multinational exercises with NATO Allies and Partners. The last time the 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Regt. deployed to Europe the Fighting Eagle Soldiers landed at Utah Beach with the Assault Division on D-Day in 1944. The 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Regt., currently stationed in Romania, sent Soldiers who had recently earned the Expert Infantryman's Badge during testing earlier this year. The Soldiers served as guests of honor at the ceremony, where Gonsalves and community leaders laid wreaths at the memorial. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Anthony Clas, 7MPAD)



By 1st Sgt. Brent Williams United States European Command Stuttgart, Germany Jun 08, 2017
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