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Harley WLA monument in Belgium

Post by Johan WILLAERT » Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:42 am

Can't remember if I ever posted anything about this, but anyway...
Below is the WLA monument that was inaugurated in Rumes, Belgium in 2009...
Rumes is a very small village on the French-Belgian border which was 'liberated' by a WLA rider of the 2nd Armored Division 'Hell on Wheels' in early September 1944.
When the rider realised he had crossed the border, he turned back as that day he wasn't supposed to drift that far ahead of the main unit... But the incident made him the first American in Belgium that day...
The following days, the 2AD would liberate large parts of Belgium...

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To see the spot in Google Maps:
http://maps.google.nl/maps?ll=50.524299 ... &t=h&hl=nl"

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Post by lowbonnet » Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:19 am

Very nice! And with a nice story behind it. Is the name of the soldier known?
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Post by Johan WILLAERT » Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:36 am

lowbonnet wrote:Very nice! And with a nice story behind it. Is the name of the soldier known?
No, unlike James Carroll of the 628th Tank Destorer Bn whose story you will find at the top of my website here: http://www.theliberator.be/liberator1.htm

this particular Harley rider remains unknown..
Therefore this monument honors all WW2 GIs who participated in the liberation of our country...
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Post by Bcmd1 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:41 am

My Dad who was a WLA Rider remembers “Liberating “a town in Belgium or Holland where he was the only soldier to
Enter the town. The Statue has an uncanny resemblance.
His name is Zeke DeVane still alive with vivid memories.
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Post by OLDABEWLA » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:05 pm

Nice photo!

The front fender has the markings of the 2nd Armored division could you ask your father what else the other markings are?
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Post by OLDABEWLA » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:10 pm

Nice photo!

The front fender has the markings of the 2nd Armored division could you ask your father what else the other markings are?
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Post by Johan WILLAERT » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:54 am

OLDABEWLA wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:05 pm
Nice photo!

The front fender has the markings of the 2nd Armored division could you ask your father what else the other markings are?
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Post by OLDABEWLA » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:21 am

Johan,

You think there is any connection with the monument and the GI in the photo?
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Post by Bcmd1 » Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:49 pm

Exactly right 2nd Armored Division 41st Armored infantry service vehicle 3. Here is an additional picture.
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Post by Johan WILLAERT » Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:24 am

OLDABEWLA wrote:
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:21 am
You think there is any connection with the monument and the GI in the photo?
NO, I don't think so... The monument was created as a generic MC rider of the 2AD...
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Re: Harley WLA monument in Belgium

Post by Lib45 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:33 am

I second that opinion: although dad DeVane was in one of those occasions so it seems, many towns in northern France, Belgium, southern Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany itself first saw a scouting WLA rider before the rest of the army came through..
So this belgian statue isn't just for a particular single occasion, it was placed to commemorate a general memory of the liberation..

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Re: Harley WLA monument in Belgium

Post by Lib45 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:40 am

......but that's me...

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