George Renda & Aloysius Gonsowski

October 1944. Heavy fighting ravages Overloon. On the Kamphoefweg George Renda and Aloysius Gonsowski, two soldiers 1st class of the C Company of the 48th Armored Infantry Battalion of the 7th American Armored Division, are hit by German artillery fire.

February 1977. Two boys with a metal detector find a helmet along the Kamphoefweg. While police and the war graves service in Bussum are informed, War Museum curator Harrie van Daal immediately goes there and witnesses how another helmet, shoes, a wallet, some letters, a golden ring and the remains of two people are being dug up. Two identification plates are also found. Renda and Gonsowski have been buried in a shallow hole by German soldiers, according to Van Daal, as the civilians of Overloon had been evacuated at that time and the Germans had taken over the area after the Americans’ withdrawal.

George Renda

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On the other side - Experience point 2

October 2009. One of the boys who discovered the grave takes the initiative to erect a monument on the exact location for George Renda from Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, and Aloysius Gonsowski from New York. Gonsowski has found his final resting place at the American cemetery in Neupré, Belgium, and Renda at the cemetery in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.

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Cycling route ‘On the other side’

Cycling route ‘On the other side’

This special cycling route (59 km) connects two remarkable places: the German War Cemetery in Ysselsteyn in Limburg and the War Museum in Overloon in Brabant.

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