Lemberg is a small village a few kilometers southwest of Bitche, in the Department (State) of the Moselle. Soldiers of the 100th Infantry Division actually fought in Lemberg twice during a one-month period between 8 December 1944 and 8 January 1945. First, elements of the 399th Infantry Regiment liberated Lemberg, seizing it in a sharp fight against the 2d Battalion, Grenadier Regiment 951 of the 361st Volks-Grenadier Division, during the second week of December, 1944. Later, during the German NORDWIND offensive in the first week of January, the 399th Infantry and attached elements from the 63d Infantry Division's 255th Infantry Regiment and the 36th Infantry Division's 141st Infantry Regiment stubbornly defended Lemberg against the attacks of the German 559th Volks-Grenadier Division and the 257th Volks-Grenadier Division. This defense of the 100th Infantry Division's right flank completely defeated the attack of the German XC Corps, which had been ordered to envelop and annihilate the 100th Infantry Division.
One of the soldiers of Company L, Private First Class Maurice Lloyd of Rock Island, Illinois, fired his Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) against the onrushing Grenadiers until he was shot through the head. During the bitter fighting withdrawal of his platoon to its next defensive position, no one realized PFC Lloyd was gone, and by the time the Americans recovered their lost ground later in the winter, new snow had fallen, concealing the body. PFC Lloyd was listed as Missing in Action until 1976.
In that year, a French hiker taking a cross-country path through the woods found PFC Lloyd's remains, still in his foxhole . . . and still clutching the BAR with which he had so defiantly spat death at the attackers over 31 years before. PFC Lloyd's remains were finally laid to rest in honored glory amongst his comrades in the Ardennes Cemetery.
The grateful people of Lemberg erected a monument at the site of PFC Lloyd's three-decade long vigil in 1995.
To the memory of the
Liberators of LEMBERG
LEMBERG 17 September 1995