On April 13, 1944  eight American Servicemen were killed by German SS near the Church of San Benedetto in Montebuono, Province of Rieti, Italy.

To mark the 75th annyversary of their ultimate sacrifice a commemoration ceremony is being planned .

The ceremony will take place in Montebuono on Saturday April 13th 2019; it will be led by local priest and attended by local dignitaries. The United States Embassy in Rome has confirmed its participation and we also anticipate the involvement of senior representatives of Italian Armed Forces and NATO.

As part of the commemoration, two new plaques (one for the short poem and one for the names) will be unveiled.

Funds are needed to finance the cost of the plaques, which will be engraved in marble by a local artisan.
The expected cost is of 2,500 Euro (approximately 2,900 USD).

Please pass on this appeal to your friends so we can properly honor these Soldiers and assure that they will be remembered.

Here are the names of the brave 8 servicemen.
PVT Robert C Carnathan, born March 18 1923
PFC Charles Dyda, born April 3 1920
PVT Woodrow W Thomas, born June 1 1913
CPL Paul H Valdez, born March 20 1918
PFC Ben J Espinosa
PFC George W Kerr, born October 28 1920
PVT Clarence E Moody, born July 13 1924
PVT Robert J Rankl, born December 11 1924

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