Post by Karl Welteke on Mar 4, 2019 18:24:15 GMT 8
I made several entries in the last 4 days:
Here is my 1st of March entry with two pictures but I don’t repeat the two pictures here; go to this Facebook page:
or this one:
This is the text:
Karl-Wilhelm Welteke to Dave[/p]
I think I have the answer but no 100% proof.
We have proof that the one you are referring to was built in 1945, right next to the river and the actual start of the trail. Until recently it was half buried and was laid over in a about 45 degrees. It apparently got broke when the contractors, building the new Villa Verde Trail, tried to move it and it sits nearby on this side of the river now.
A new monument was built (see first attachment) but I don’t know when and it is located at the very SE corner of the large San Nickolas Plaza and that corner is an important intersection. It has a plaque (2nd attachment. I speculate it was transferred from the old one; you are referring to, to this new one. I have no proof.
On the 32nd Association web page they have a page that list a whole bunch of 32nd Monuments, including yours but not the new one in the Plaza.
Cheers, I hope that helps.
Across the street from the new Monument is the town High School with the Name Red Arrow.
Here is my 4st of March entry with one picture:
I’m 99% sure that the missing plaque of the 1945 32nd Inf. Div. Monument is now located at the new monument in the SE corner of the San Nicolas Plaza. Open this URL of the 32nd Div Association and it is a list of the known monuments. The 1945 monument is listed with the exact same words that are now at the new monument.
“Erected by the officers and men of the 32D Infantry Division, United States Army, in memory of their gallant comrades killed along the Villa Verde Trail. January 30, 1945 – May 28, 1945.”
Zo024. Copy of the list of the 32nd Inf. Div. Monuments and Memorials which shows the 1945 Monument at the Villa Verde Trail.
The problem is that the new monument is not listed. I tried to contact the association several times to find out about the new monument but never got any answers.