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Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, aka Thomas Goode, talks to World War II veteran Robert Shelato at the dedication ceremony for the World War II Rhine River crossing monument in Nierstein, Germany, Saturday, March 25, 2017. Shelato, with the 249th Engineer Battalion, bridged the Rhine in March 1945, letting Patton's 3rd Army cross into the heart of Germany. Goode is a teacher at Ramstein High School. © MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES

Monument pays tribute to role of engineer battalion in WWII Rhine crossing

NIERSTEIN, Germany — This small town on the banks of the Rhine witnessed acts of extraordinary ingenuity and courage 72 years ago this week, when...

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