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[Editor’s Note: For those who are not familiar with the flag-raising at Obersalzberg/ Berchtesgaden, the 3rd Infantry Division landed in Southern France on August 15, 1944. After an unbelievable advance of 249 miles in 30 days, by September 14, the Division had reached the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. After months of heavy fighting in the bitter cold of the German winter, the Division broke the German resistance at the Colmar Pocket and drove across the Rhine through Germany, arriving at Obersalzberg and the Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden on May 4, 1945. The French 2nd Armored Division entered the city later in the day. The French Division joined the 7th Infantry Regiment, the liberator of Berchtesgaden, in the flag raising on May 5th. Neither the French nor the U.S. 101st Airborne captured Berchtesgaden. The credit belongs to the Cottonbalers of the 7th Infantry Regiment.]

On 5 May 2017 Outpost International conducted its 10th annual commemoration of the liberation of the Obersalzberg/Berchtesgaden, Germany, and the raising of the Stars and Stripes over Hitler’s residential compound by the 7th Infantry Regiment the morning of 5 May 1945. 2017 is the 72nd anniversary year of the end of WWII. The 3d Infantry Division tablet was dedicated on 5 May 2008 with the permission of the Bavarian State Government to honor the Division and correct the misinformation spread by the book Band of Brothers and the subsequent drama series of the same name.

Speakers at this year’s special 10th anniversary ceremony were OP President Monika Stoy; LTG Keith W. Dayton, retired, Director of the Marshall Center for Eurasian Security Studies in Garmisch; Consul Scott Woodard from the US Consulate in Munich; Brigadier Rob J. Rider, CBE, the British Defense Attaché in Berlin; and Colonel Kai-Uwe Maier, the Deputy Commander of the Bavarian Territorial Command and Garrison Commander of Munich. Although unable to attend the ceremony, the President of the Government of Upper Bavaria sent remarks which were read during the ceremony. The 7th Army NCO Academy in Grafenwoehr and the 232nd Mountain Infantry Battalion provided a combined color guard while musical support was provided by the Chamber Ensemble of the Mountain Military Band of the German Army from Garmisch. 

Although no 3d Infantry Division WWII veteran was able to travel to Germany, Colonel, retired Douglas C. Dillard, a WWII Airborne veteran of combat in Southern France, represented the WWII generation and raised the 48-star flag as the highlight of the ceremony.

We remain very grateful to the many people who have supported this ceremony the past 10 years, but especially, we thank the Bavarian State Government, the Bavarian State Bank, Dr. Bernhard Oswald, Mr. Andreas Peter, Mr. Stefan Hackel, and our 3d Infantry Division veterans.

On 4 May the Stoys, COL Dillard, Paul McIlvain, and COL McHale were received by Mayor Heinz Schaden, the Mayor of Salzburg, in his presentational hall in the Mirabel Palace.  4 May is the anniversary date of the city’s peaceful surrender to the 3d Infantry Division in 1945. In 2010, the city dedicated its own commemorative plaque honoring the 3d Infantry Division’s liberation of Salzburg.

After the reception with Mayor and Mrs. Schaden, the group traveled to the Austrian Army Schwarzenberg Kaserne on the outskirts of the city, near the airport, to visit the Salzburg Military History Museum. They were escorted by Mr. Gernod Fuchs, a longtime friend of the Society in Salzburg, and Colonel (Dr.) Kurt Mitterer, the director of the museum. One section of the museum is dedicated to the 3d Infantry Division for its role in the liberation of the city, and the 42nd Infantry Division, which served in Salzburg for two years on occupation duty.  The 3d Infantry Division display has pictures from the Division’s time in the city.

The outpost plans to conduct a historical seminar along with the museum and the city in Salzburg next year.  This will be our second historical seminar in Salzburg.

Submitted by Monika Stoy, President

[Editor’s Note: We commend Tim and Monika for their diligent efforts to keep alive the history of WWII and the 3rd infantry Division.]

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