Charley Havlat

Charley Havlat

Birth
Dorchester, Saline County, Nebraska, USA
Death 7 May 1945 (aged 34)
Vimperk, Okres Prachatice, Jihočeský (South Bohemia), Czech Republic
Burial Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France
Plot Plot C, Row 5, Grave 75.
Memorial ID 55869619 · View Source
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World War II United States Army Soldier. He is considered to be the last member of the United States Armed forces to be killed in combat in the European Theater. A member of the 803rd Tank Destroyer Battalion, he was a veteran of the June 6, 1944 landings at Normandy Beach, France, the combat in the Huertgen Forest, and the Battle of the Bulge. He was on reconnaissance patrol in what was then Czechoslovakia on May 7, 1945 when he and his comrades were ambushed. The gunfire from the concealed German positions killed Private Havlat only minutes after a cease fire order had been implement, which both the American patrol and the German soldiers were unaware of. Only a few hours after the ambush Germany formally surrendered unconditionally to the Allied Forces, ending World War II in Europe.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 4 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55869619
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charley Havlat (10 Nov 1910–7 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55869619, citing Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .