It's ironic that I read your post tonight. I had lunch last Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 with a WW II veteran who served in the John Deere Battalion. He showed me about 20 war time pictures and described some of his war times experiences. He landed at Omaha Beach in September 44 and spent most of the rest of the was in Belgium. He told me the name of the town but I can't recall it. I'll have to ask him tomorrow.
I am also very much interested in WW II history and have been to Normandy, Bastogne, Melmedy and several other battle sites and American, British and German war cemeteries. In 1995 my wife and I visted her distant cousins who live in Anzegan Tiegem, Belgium. One of their parents were in the Belgium Resistance and helped hide downed American & British pilots until they could det out of the country. Unfortunately three pilots, along with four Belgiums, were caught in a nearby town just as the Germans were fleeing that area and shot by the side of the road. We look forward to hearing from you. We live in Moline, Il and as you may know, Moline is John Deere's national headquarters and they have a big gift and souvenir shop there. You contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Roy & Judy Melton