The Italian village comes together to honor eight American prisoners of war who died during the Second World War

Italian village comes together to commemorate eight American prisoners of war who were shot during the Second World War on the 75th anniversary of their death

  • Montebuono residents honored the men Saturday after they were shot in the neighborhood
  • About 80 people, including NATO representatives, unveiled a new plaque
  • A local band played the national anthem of both the United States and Italy
  • In 1944, the American soldiers escaped their unnoticed German prisoner of war
  • More than 1,000 allied troops were on the train when it was bombed by American B-52 & # 39; s
  • Hundreds of people died on the train, but a large number of prisoners of war also escaped
  • Not much is still known about the circumstances under which they were caught
  • Locals say they remember hearing the pictures and that their parents give the men bread and food and that they honor the men every year with the annual pilgrimage

An Italian village has commemorated and killed eight American soldiers during the Second World War on the 75th anniversary of their death.

The prisoners of war had been on the run for more than two months before being shot overlooking Montebuono.

Now the residents of that area have come together to honor the men and unveil a new plaque.

ABC News reports how more than 20 cars took about 80 people, including NATO representatives from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada until the Saturday event.

A local band played the national anthem of both the United States and Italy and wreaths were laid.

The eight American soldiers had escaped after their unmarked German prisoner of war train was bombed by American B-52s in January 1944.

More than 1,000 allied troops were on the train when they crossed the Allerona bridge in central Italy and were hit. It is thought that between 200 and 600 died.

When hundreds more were admitted to the hospital, there were also a large number of prisoners of war who escaped, including the men who were eventually killed.

An Italian village commemorates eight American soldiers who were shot and killed during the Second World War on the 75th anniversary of their death by revealing a new plaque

An Italian village commemorates eight American soldiers who were shot and killed during the Second World War on the 75th anniversary of their death by revealing a new plaque

More than 20 cars took around 80 people, including NATO representatives from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada until the Saturday event. A local band played the national anthem of both the United States and Italy and the men were honored

More than 20 cars took around 80 people, including NATO representatives from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada until the Saturday event. A local band played the national anthem of both the United States and Italy and the men were honored

More than 20 cars took around 80 people, including NATO representatives from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada until the Saturday event. A local band played the national anthem of both the United States and Italy and the men were honored

The men are named PVT Robert C Carnathan, PFC Charles Dyda, PVT Woodrow W Thomas, CPL Paul H Valdez, PFC Ben J Espinosa, PFC George W Kerr, PVT Clarence E Moody and PVT Robert J Rankl

The men are named PVT Robert C Carnathan, PFC Charles Dyda, PVT Woodrow W Thomas, CPL Paul H Valdez, PFC Ben J Espinosa, PFC George W Kerr, PVT Clarence E Moody and PVT Robert J Rankl

The men are named PVT Robert C Carnathan, PFC Charles Dyda, PVT Woodrow W Thomas, CPL Paul H Valdez, PFC Ben J Espinosa, PFC George W Kerr, PVT Clarence E Moody and PVT Robert J Rankl

Historian Jane Kinrade Dethick told ABC: & # 39; Some were imprisoned that day, some were imprisoned after a week, some were imprisoned after three months, and some were never imprisoned. & # 39;

Not much is still known about the circumstances in which they were caught, but an American pilot whose plane was shot down met the group three weeks earlier.

The eight are named as PVT Robert C Carnathan, PFC Charles Dyda, PVT Woodrow W Thomas, CPL Paul H Valdez, PFC Ben J Espinosa, PFC George W Kerr, PVT Clarence E Moody and PVT Robert J Rankl.

Kinrade Dethick added: & They gave him their names and addresses and military numbers, and when he joined Allied forces, he told them about the eight.

& # 39; All we know is that they were woken up and killed one morning, shot by the German military police who had the task of rounding up deserters of the Italian army, partisans and escaped prisoners of war.

& # 39; Why they didn't arrest them and take them on their orders, which normally happened, we don't know because no one else could tell us.

& # 39; They left us no written information. & # 39;

The eight American soldiers had escaped after their unmarked German train of prisoners of war was bombed by American B-52 & # 39; s in January 1944

The eight American soldiers had escaped after their unmarked German train of prisoners of war was bombed by American B-52 & # 39; s in January 1944

The eight American soldiers had escaped after their unmarked German train of prisoners of war was bombed by American B-52 & # 39; s in January 1944

More than 1,000 allied troops were on the train when they crossed the Allerona bridge in central Italy and were hit. It is thought that between 200 and 600 died

More than 1,000 allied troops were on the train when they crossed the Allerona bridge in central Italy and were hit. It is thought that between 200 and 600 died

More than 1,000 allied troops were on the train when they crossed the Allerona bridge in central Italy and were hit. It is thought that between 200 and 600 died

The men may have been exposed by someone who told the Germans that they were hiding there or that they were trapped.

Locals say they remember hearing the photos and their parents giving the men bread and food. They honor the men every year with the annual pilgrimage.

Nello Lucchetti, now 88, was only 13 years old when he said he remembered the dead bodies of the men.

British veteran Harry Schindler, 97, said we owe a lot of thanks to the & # 39; thousands of young men who died when they came to Italy to remove a regime & # 39 ;.

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