George Roger Connor
January 4, 1945
Wardin, 5 miles East of Bastogne, Belgium
Company B, 9th Armored Infantry Bat, 6th Armored Div
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
Shoulder patch of Roger's Division, the 6th Armored Division