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Village of Díly to create memorial plaque honoring six fallen soldiers
As has become tradition, the village of Díly (Domažlice) held commemoration services to honor local citizens who were killed in World War II and the American liberators who suffered losses here. Based on the latest findings of researchers, the 90th Division Association, curators at the Patton Memorial Pilsen, and the authors of the new book Vojenské střípky kraje pod Čerchovem, the six men belonged to the 2nd Platoon, “D” Company, 1st Battalion, 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division. The village of Díly is collecting donations to fund a new memorial plaque that will forever commemorate the names of soldiers SGT Walter M. Basinger, SSGT William Q. Howell, PFC James W. Green, PVT Richard V. Pegg, and PFC Marion L. McIlwain, who were killed in their Jeep after running over an anti-tank mine.
The commemoration service was attended by Lt Col Green from the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Díly Mayor Vlastimil Anderle, the Third Army Club Pilsen, Indianhead Club Pilsen, and dozens of local residents and visitors.