Sending Office: Honorable David B. McKinley
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Request for Cosponsor(s)

Wereth 11

Honor Eleven Brave African American  Forgotten WWII Soldiers and Correct a Historical Inaccuracy  

H.CON.RES. 43 is a bipartisan Resolution that honors, recognizes and corrects an historical error.  We recently re-introduced this resolution which is identical to last year’s version when we had 50 co-sponsors. Groups/individuals that support the Resolution
include The National WWII Museum, the U.S. Memorial Wereth V.o.G. (www.wereth.org), and Director Rob Child.  With your support we can finally get this resolution passed in the 115th Congress.

 

The “Wereth 11” were members of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, an all African American unit, who fought at the Battle of the Bulge in WWII.   The 333rd Field Artillery Battalion escaped capture and tried to return to the American lines.  Tragically,
the eleven soldiers were captured by a German patrol composed of SS soldiers, who, after dark, marched the unarmed Americans to a nearby field and brutally massacred them.

 

In 1949, a subcommittee of the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate conducted an investigation in connection with massacres and other atrocities committed by German troops during the Battle of the Bulge.  For unknown reasons the “Wereth 11” were omitted
from that report.  This resolution corrects that error.

 

Below is the complete text of the bill and some links to useful sites that discuss the history behind our effort.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/07/wereth-black-soldiers-battle-of-bulge-army-world-war-ii-history/3465059/

 

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/newsnation/53521939/#53521939

 

 

 

 

H.CON.RES.43

Providing official recognition of the massacre of 11 African-American soldiers of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion of the United States Army who had been captured in Wereth, Belgium,… (Introduced in House – IH)

HCON 43 IH

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. CON. RES. 43

Providing official recognition of the massacre of 11 African-American soldiers of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion of the United States Army who had been captured in Wereth, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge on December 17, 1944.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 4, 2017

Mr. MCKINLEY (for himself and Mr. RUSH) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services


CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Providing official recognition of the massacre of 11 African-American soldiers of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion of the United States Army who had been captured in Wereth, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge on December 17, 1944.

Whereas, during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium in December 1944, the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, an African-American unit, was among the units of the United States Army overrun in the initial German attack;

Whereas eleven soldiers from different batteries of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion escaped capture and tried to return to the American lines;

Whereas the eleven soldiers were Curtis Adams of South Carolina, Mager Bradley of Mississippi, George Davis, Jr., of Alabama, Thomas Forte of Mississippi, Robert Green of Georgia, James Leatherwood of Mississippi, Nathaniel Moss of Texas, George Motten of
Texas, William Pritchett of Alabama, James Stewart of West Virginia, and Due Turner of Arkansas;

Whereas, despite the bitter cold and snow, the soldiers walked 10 miles to the town of Wereth, Belgium, where they received shelter at the farmhouse of Mathias Langer, a resident of Wereth;

Whereas the eleven soldiers were captured by a German patrol composed of SS soldiers, who, after dark, marched the unarmed Americans to a nearby field and brutally massacred them;

Whereas, in 1949, a subcommittee of the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate conducted an investigation in connection with massacres and other atrocities committed by German troops during the Battle of the Bulge;

Whereas the report of the subcommittee identified 12 locations at which American Prisoners of War, Belgian civilians, or both were murdered during the Battle of the Bulge;

Whereas the massacre of the 11 African-American soldiers of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion in Wereth was omitted from the report, and the occurrence of this massacre remains unknown to the vast majority of Americans; and

Whereas, in 2004, a permanent monument was dedicated in Wereth to the 11 African-American soldiers of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion who lost their lives in Wereth during the Battle of the Bulge to defeat fascism and defend freedom: Now, therefore,
be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress–

(1) officially recognizes the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the United States of the 11 African-American soldiers of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion of the United States Army who were massacred in Wereth,
Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge on December 17, 1944; and

(2) calls on the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate to correct the omission in the 1949 report of its subcommittee and appropriately recognize the sacrifice and massacre of the Wereth 11.

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Bill Type: 43
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