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    Posted March 16, 2014 by
    Mechernich, Germany
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    Home and Away: Remembering the fallen

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    PFC Marco Jahr killed in action in 1944


    The following photos show a little cross at the German/Belgian border near the Wahlerscheid community. The cross was erected in honor of an American soldier named PFC Jahr who was killed in action at this location near a German bunker in December 1944. At the cross there is a little plaque with some information about this soldier. A little American flag is placed beside it though it is damaged. I am a German interested in the history of this place. When I make my trip to the US next week I will buy a few new little USA flags and place a new one there. Of course, I will only buy USA flags that are actually made in the USA!
    I would like to know if anybody knows more about this PFC Marco Jahr. Please let me know.I wonder who he was, how old he was, what part of the US he came from.

    Right beside the cross is a geocache also in memory of PFC Jah called "Heartbreak Connection". Check out the photo: The cache is located under the slab of that tree stem!

    Anyway, I appreciate his sacrifice and service to free this country from tyranny.
    Those forests are in a rural area that now belong to the Eifel National Park. People who drive down the road near the cross often go to the historic small town of Monschau with it old medieval center with little shops and cafes. Every now and then I stop at this place. Along the border between Germany and Belgium there is a number of monuments honoring the sacrifice of US soldiers during World War II.

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