Gov. Eric Holcomb visited the Luxembourg American Cemetery during his European trade mission on Tuesday. Among the 159 Hoosiers buried at the Luxembourg American Cemetery are Medal of Honor recipient William McGee and Alex Penkala, a member of Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne. Easy Company was featured in the HBO film series "Band of Brothers."

Also buried there is U.S. Army Gen. George S. Patton Jr., who led the Third Army in the liberation of France, the Low Countries and Germany. On Dec. 26, 1944, Patton drove a spearhead Third Army's 4th Armored Division into Bastogne, ending the siege there. He called the relief of Bastogne "the most brilliant operation we have thus far performed, and it is in my opinion the outstanding achievement of the war. This is my biggest battle." He was killed in a traffic accident on Dec. 21, 1945.

Last weekend, the Holcomb delegation visited the American cemetery on Omaha Beach, site of the D-Day Invasion. We will never forget our valiant fallen Hoosiers. Ever
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