Run in remembrance of Nebraska Guardsmen killed in the 1944 liberation of St. Lo

I don’t often advocate for people to run specific races.  In fact, this will be the first one I actively encourage people to run, and it’s because I’m a military history buff.  So, here’s the pitch….

If you will be anywhere near Seward, Nebraska on Saturday, June 11, consider running the Run to St. Lo Memorial 5K.

The run is a living memorial to the 43 Nebraska natives that died in the push to liberate the French town of St. Lo in July of 1944.  They were members of the 134th Infantry Regiment, which suffered heavily during the attack.  One in three soldiers were wounded or killed during the assault.

The race starts and finishes at the Nebraska National Guard Museum.  Along the route, runners will see memorials to each soldier and have an opportunity to meet veterans and family members of the regiment.

Entry fee is $20.  Pre-registered runners get a t-shirt.  Race day entries are $25 (no t-shirts included).

Pre-registration deadline is June 4.

For more information, visit http://nengm.org/run-to-st-lo.

"From Cornrow to Hedgerow" - The 134th Infantry at St. Lo
Normandy, France, July, 1944 – On 5 July, one month after D-Day, the regiment landed at Omaha Beach and moved swiftly inland with the rest of the 35th Division. The 134th waited in reserve as the U.S. V and XIX Corps struggled to liberate the vital town of St. Lo.  Tangles of rock, earth, and trees called “hedgerows” had been reinforced by the Germans.  Their capture of the vital hill 122 opened the way for the liberation of St. Lo itself on 18 July.  The 134th had lived up to its Spanish-American War battle cry, “All Hell Can’t Stop Us.”  The cost of the assault was high – the regiment suffered 35 percent casualties in two days, including 102 men killed, 589 wounded, and 102 missing.

 

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