Military Honors Can Take Years to Acknowledge

At the April 23, 2011 AAGS meeting, member DeAndre Taylor relayed how recognition of World War II soldiers can be a long time coming.

His uncle, Robert Green was part of the “Wereth 11,” a unit of 11 Black soldiers massacred during the great Battle of the Bulge, which began December 16, 1944. The 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, consisting of Black enlisted men, helped service cannons to battle the German troops. In Belgium, as troops began to withdraw, a unit of Black soldiers remained to slow the German advance. Many were killed, and the 11 that escaped were massacred, yet were not recognized by the government or the media for their service. Eventually, the government released info about prisoner deaths to their next of kin, and the men have since been honored.

A memorial was erected in Wereth, Belgium by residents. The headstone inscription reads:

“Dedicated to the eleven
African-American soldiers of the 333rd
Field Artillery Battalion who were
tortured and murdered by the
German SS in Wereth, Belgium on
December 17, 1944 and to the
260,000 African-American GI’s who fought
in the Battle of the Bulge and Europe

Presented by the
Central Massachusetts Chapter 22
Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge”


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Last updated: June 29, 2011