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INDOT to Honor 'Iron Men of Metz'

The “Iron Men of Metz” will be honored Friday, June 20 at a bridge dedication ceremony in Bartholomew County. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is naming the U.S. Highway 31 bridge at Clifty Creek on the east side of Columbus in memory of these fighting men of World War II. INDOT Spokesman Harry Maginity says that the public is invited to join the surviving Iron Men of Metz at a 1 p.m. ceremony to be conducted at the Cintas parking lot adjacent to U.S. 31 and the Clifty Creek bridge.
Maginity says that five of the Iron Men of Metz and their families will be in Columbus for a reunion marking the 70th year since 95th U.S. Army Division soldiers fought their way through Nazi strongholds to capture the city of Metz, which is located in northeast France at its borders with Germany and Luxembourg.
State Representative Milo Smith is scheduled to officiate Friday's ceremony. INDOT notes that Governor Pence is unable to attend due to prior commitments.
The 95th Division engaged the enemy on October 19, 1944 at German fortresses surrounding Metz. These U.S. forces continued to hold fast against the Nazi army's repeated attempts to cross the Seille River. On November 1, these troops went on the offensive, striking the Germans at Maizieres-les-Metz. The 95th crossed the Moselle River on November 8 and advanced to Bertrange, meeting heavy resistance at German fortifications. By the end of the day on November 22, these Iron Men of Metz had taken and defended the city of which they are named.
Last Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014 5:56:36 PM

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