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THIS MONTH IN ADA HISTORY
20 September 1944, WWII Germany, PFC Lewis O. Aikey and PVT James M. Filson, 461st Antiaircraft Artillery AW Battalion, October 1944. The 461st was assigned to protect a bridge built by the US Army over the Sauer River between Luxembourg and Germany.
When a German counterattack forced the forward American troops to withdraw back into Luxembourg, guarding the bridge became paramount. Soldiers Aikey and Filson, assigned to defend the bridge, were mortally wounded and their half-track destroyed by enemy fire. Both received posthumous Silver Stars. At Fort Bliss, Aikey Barracks and Filson Range are named in honor of these two soldiers.