Renowned Tiger ace Michael Wittmann (left) presenting his crew to his SS superior Joachim Peiper (later of Malmedy massacre fame) on the Eastern Front, 18 January 1944. In June Wittman achieved an astonishing single handed success against the British at Villers-Bocage, but was killed in combat by one of their Sherman Fireflys in August.
81 dead American soldiers of the 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion, murdered by Waffen SS troops, December 17, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge near the Belgian town of Malmedy. These Americans were killed after they surrendered.
Actor Charles Durning was in the first wave on D-Day with the 1st Div. He was the only member of his unit to survive. He took out several German machine guns and was wounded. Later, he was bayoneted 8 times in hand-to-hand combat. At The Bulge he survived The Malmedy Massacre. He refused to discuss his service for which he was awarded the Silver Star and three Purple Hearts. "Too many bad memories," he told an interviewer. "I don't want you to see me crying." A true American hero. RIP.