The first allied soldiers which crossed here into Germany, 96 days after the Landing in Normandy, on september 11, 1944 at 16.30 hours, were
- Sgt. Warner W. Holzinger,
- Cpl. Ralph E. Diven,
- T/5 Coy T. Locke,
- Pfc. William McColligan,
- Pfc. George F.McNeal,
- Pfc. Jesse Stevens
- and the French Lieutenant Lionel Delille
of the 2nd Platoon, Troop B, 85th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 5th US Armored Division.
They made their way to Keppeshausen, Germany, reconnoitered the pillboxes of the Siegfried Line near Waldhof, Germany, and returned at 18.15 hours to report to Lt. Loren L. Vipond.
The information was radioed to the Headquarters of the 1. US Army, which flashed that night the news to the world that it had crossed the German border.