Bob Weisenberg (Dienstag, 01 Dezember 2020 22:56)
Hi Albert, Thanks for sharing this. I also appreciate your recent FB posting regarding my Uncle Bob on November 20th.
Stephen Cano (Mittwoch, 06 November 2019 06:17)
Albert, this year marked the third year in a row I have attended your annual Hurtgen Forest conference. I left Germany and the Hurtgen Forest with many new friends, memories and experiences. Each
year has brought new discoveries and has only increased my desire to return the following year. Aachen, Henri Chapelle U.S. Cemetery and Memorial, and the Remember Museum were all meaningful visits.
And that was for only one day! There were so many more amazing places we visited. Too many too list! But every place visited was coupled with speakers that brought their deep knowledge and insight
which allowed us to understand and explore the history behind them. But you have not only helped us learn facts but in truth helped us discover the humanity as well as human tragedy that so many
soldiers (and civilians) experienced in the Hurtgen Forest and nearby towns. I will never forget it. I am deeply grateful for the rare opportunity to share our humanity as we openly talk about the
war and our connections to it. But I am most grateful for the deep friendships that have come out of this rare experience. I'll see you next year, Albert. Your friend, Stephen Cano
Jeff Smith (Mittwoch, 06 November 2019 06:12)
What a terrific conference! The tour guides were excellent and we visited many of the most important battle sites of World War II. A special thank you to Albert and his team for their attention to
detail and making each day a special one. I hope to be able to return in the near future.
Neil Aresty (Samstag, 02 November 2019 03:10)
Albert, thank you for inviting me to the October 2019 Conference on the Battles of Aachen and the Huertgen Forest. This was a "bucket list" item for me and it exceeded all my expectations. The visits
to the battlefields in the Huertgen Forest and the City of Aachen, were brought to life with first person accounts - both written and as told in person by veterans Paul, Jack and Rudy. It was a
memorable sight to see the 95 + year old, former combatants, dine together, talk late into the evening, and exhibit affection for each other. The Henri Chapelle US Cemetery (where my brother and I
found our relative S/Sgt Haskell Cohen's grave, RIP) and the Merode WWII cemetery (and memorial service) were beautiful, serene and yet, shocking reminders of the depravity of war. Many of the
attendee's on this journey were alumni from your prior year conferences. That fact spoke volumes to me. I left feeling a special and new comradeship with all of you. I am looking forward to returning
with my wife and son and hope to visit the areas that my father, in Co. H, 12th Reg., 4ID, traveled during the war. Thank you for keeping the memories and this history alive.
Rmelanie Stegeman Halverson (Freitag, 01 November 2019 22:30)
Wonderful event in October of 2019. Being able to see where my dad Lloyd Stegeman was during the war was very emotional but I also saw the places he told us about. I can not say enough good about
Albert and his team of people that put this all together. They are keeping WWII alive and reminding us not to forget.
Jerry Fogle (Freitag, 01 November 2019 16:58)
Thank you Albert and your team for a wonderful meeting in October 2019. We were able to visit many of the sites and towns that my father, Kenneth E. Fogle, 746th TB, mentioned in his writings. By
visiting the sites and hearing the informative lectures, you brought to life the many things that occurred during late 1944 and early 1945. I would recommend this meeting for all interested in
keeping alive the memories of the actions of our brave soldiers.
Johannes (Freitag, 01 November 2019 13:13)
Tolle Geschichtsarbeit und super Aktionen, auf die ich über das sehr gute Interview im Deutschlandfunk heute Morgen aufmerksam geworden bin.
Viele Grüße aus Berlin
Andersen Bo Jeremy (Donnerstag, 31 Oktober 2019 21:16)
Thank you ALbert for this fantastic journey in the past, this tour with my friends from France and Pennsylvania was the best we can dream about. On many places of the 4th ID , MOH recipient , help to
find the place for the one who haves their lifes ... hope to be back next year ! Steadfast and Loyal ! Jérémy
Mark surowiec (Sonntag, 27 Oktober 2019 21:59)
My dad edward,and my uncle walter sak both served in the 26th regiment blue spaders. Dad in A comp. Lefty in H company. I met albert online. Found out he was my uncles sentinel at henn chap. It was a
big decision to go overseas to Albert's 5th reunion. One I'll never regret for the rest of my life. He took us on a private tour of where our boys fought. Then the tour started. If we only had 1 day
out of the7 to spend with albert and his crew, it would have been worth a million bucks. We learned so much about our two boys!!!! . Met so many nice people with the same interests as us. The
museum's and secret museums too were unbelievable . Each one on their own better than cantigny. I consider albert a new brother. I cant thank you all enough for our trip. Cant wait to share further
info with all. Thank you very much. Mark e surowiec. Proud blue spader son and nephew
Rick Amero (Dienstag, 22 Oktober 2019 02:42)
Albert: Thank you for all your support and for keeping the memories of the soldiers alive. My Father Charles Amero, Company D, 26th Infantry Regiment.
Fought in the Hurtgen Forest and then Battle of the Bulge.
Wounded March 17th 945 at the Remagen Bridge.
Rob Stultz (Dienstag, 16 Juli 2019 21:53)
Thanks, Albert, for building this website and for your work to reunite the veterans and their families to remember their ordeals and sacrifices during the Battle of Hurtgen Forest. I'll be there to
re-trace my father's footsteps in September and look forward to meeting and spending some time with you.
Stefan Linder (Dienstag, 11 Juni 2019 19:32)
Ich folge dir schon längere Zeit auf Facebook. Dir und Stefan Wilms
Wer die Vergangenheit vergisst oder ignoriert, ist verdammt, diese in der Zukunft zu wiederholen.
Ihr macht einen mehr als großartigen Job.
Ich hoffe, es kann mal weitergeführt werden, wenn wir alle mal nicht mehr da sind.
Alex (Dienstag, 28 Mai 2019 10:12)
Wunderbare, informative und interessant gestaltete Webseite eines Menschen der Geschichte lebt. Danke für deinen Beitrag gegen das Vergessen aller Opfer und den Irrsinn eines Krieges, lieber Albert.
Freue mich auf ein Wiedersehen im Juni. Grüße an Sheila.
Walter Busch (Montag, 29 April 2019 18:17)
Immer schön zu sehen dass, es Menschen gibt, die sich dafür einsetzen dass, die Geschichte und ganz besonders deren Opfer, nicht vergessen werden.
1939-1945 eine Zeit des Grauen.. eine Zeit voller Blut, Tod und Trauer.
Eine Zeit die nie in Vergessenheit geraten darf.
Danke für die Arbeit um dies sicher zu stellen.
Danke auch für die Arbeit, Hinterbliebenen Sicherheit und Trost zu geben.
Thomas Helbig (Montag, 29 April 2019 16:53)
Albert, mach weiter so.
Das wandelnde Geschichtslexikon
Thomas Behl (Montag, 29 April 2019 12:37)
Jack Braine (Mittwoch, 02 Mai 2018 19:06)
Albert, You made my first trip to Europe just fantastic. You knowledge of WWII, the Hurtgen Forest and the Battle of the bulge was unsurpassed. I can't thank you enough. Your presentation on the
Battle of Merode and the 26th Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division was excellent and your introduction to Karl Heck and your tour of Dom Butgenbach almost Spiritual knowing my Father had fought
there. Again I thank you and please keep up your great work.
Irmgard Wahrheit (Samstag, 10 März 2018 12:05)
Lieber Herr Trostorf, vielen herzlichen Dank für die Bilder meines Onkels Walter Freesemann auf Ihrer Seite. Es hat mich sehr berührt, die Bilder im Internet zu sehen.
Falls noch irgendjemand hier auf dieser Seite ist und und im November/Dezember 1944 in Merode gekämpft hat, würde ich mich sehr freuen, wenn er sich meldet. Ein Manfred Weimar hat sich hier 2016 zu
Wort gemeldet...wie gern würde ich mit ihm sprechen.
Terry Hirsch (Montag, 27 November 2017 20:53)
Albert, thanks so much for guiding our family this past July to the local sites where our father went as a Timberwolf. We appreciate your knowledge of WWII and being available to the children of
Randy Royce (Montag, 20 November 2017 19:33)
Albert - I cannot adequately express my appreciation for your hospitality this past May when my wife and I, as well as our good friends Dave and Sarah White, visited you in Merode. You had us
immediately when you told us in your sitting room that the regiment of our fathers (SSG DeLyle Royce Shingledecker and 1Lt Fred R. White, both of the 413th Regiment) had fought on your farm. The
excursion to the Inde River and Frenz, to the Roer River and Mariaweiler, and to the Siegfried Line only whet our appetites - we now must commit ourselves to returning and following in the footsteps
of our fathers across the Roer, through Cologne, across the Rhine, and all the way to Nordhausen.
We look forward to returning and to seeing you again!
Very Respectfully yours
Jack R. Dauner (Sonntag, 19 November 2017 22:06)
Dear Albert and Sheila:
Please pardon the long delay in writing you to thank you for taking such good care of Natalie and me during our visit for the program in Duren. You did a wonderful job in the planning and
implementation of the whole conference. It was terrific from start to finish. We particularly appreciate your picking us up and returning us back to the Dusseldorf airport.
So far the only pictures we have received have been from Harry; and a note from Joe Wilson. I think that I have had some problems develop with my computer since Natalie said that Steve had tried to
send some pictures but none ever came through. I am anxious to see and get some of these to pass on to some of the 9th Inf. Div. folks that I was with down at the meeting in Arizona. Also, I assume
that you are sending Theta Ray, the editor of the Octofoil an article and pictures. One which would be very appropriate would be any photo of Rudi and me as two old WW2 War horses.
Natalie and I just can’t thank you and Sheila enough for all you did to make us feel at home during the whole program. I have never seen Natalie so relaxed and laughing so much. She was happy all of
the time and everyone was so pleasant toward both of us. We already have the last week of September and first week in October marked on our calendar for the Fourth Reunion in Duren, Germany. The good
Lord willing we’ll be with you and we will also try and get a few more 9th Inf. Div. reunion folks to join us for another great program developed and administered by you and Sheila.
In the meantime please extend our thanks to Marilyn and all the members of your committee for a job well done. Keep healthy and stay happy. We love you both. and by the way Natalie and I will be
getting married on January 4, 2018, at the Community Congregational Church in Southern Pines, NC. Services will be conducted by Rev. Michael Dubbs and Rev. Bonnie Well. Bonnie is my niece and just
received her pastoral degree. Needless to say Natalie and I are two very happy and loving people and hopefully the good Lord will see that we have at least 10 beautiful year together.
God Bless both of you....
Mike Mooney (Donnerstag, 19 Oktober 2017 18:54)
Thank you Albert and all your colleagues for an informative, emotional, wonderful "Sons and Daughters" weekend.
Mike and Kathy Mooney
Yuri Beckers (Dienstag, 17 Oktober 2017 22:07)
For the 3rd time my dad and I attended the "Sons and Daughters.." weekend in the Hürtgen Forest area. Albert, Sheila and Maren have done a great job again in organizing this year's program. From
hearing the presentations by historians and well established and respected authors, to talking to both American and German veterans, hearing all the personal connections and stories by family members
of both German as American soldiers, visiting the locations of the former battlefields and to create new friendships and seeing existing friends who all share the same passion for what happened.. the
weekend was wonderful. I believe this event is quite unique, amd I am proud to be a part of it. Albert has done many things in the past to commemorate both German as American men, and it is always
moving to commemorate these men together as one. I will surely be attending these meetings whenever they are organized. Thank you Albert, Sheila, Maren and Sebastian.
w.j. blanchard, jr (Dienstag, 17 Oktober 2017 17:56)
Thanks Albert for a wonderful one day tour of the battle of the bulge. Its all I remember from my research for my book. Great job, wish I could have attended all the sessions, but you and your team
did a great job. Next time I will make plans to attend all sessions. This is truely a fine experience to see relatiive and friends from both side of WWII in attendance and united for peace and
friendship... thanks again ,, fine job.
André Beckers (NL) (Dienstag, 17 Oktober 2017 12:08)
This was the 3th time that I participated in the Meeting of the Sons and Daughters of WWII Veterans, organized by Albert and his team. As before, I was impressed by the diversity of participants, the
presentations and the outdoor program. Furthermore, this Meeting is an unique opportunity to learn more about the German side of the events that took place in the Hürtgen Forest (thanks Mario) and
the Ardennes (thanks Doug), listen to personal memories of both German and US WWII Veterans. Regarding this last topic, it’s the fact that Germans, Americans and other nationalities are gathered
together as “one” big family that is so special and appealing to me personally. The fine ambiance in the group, the informal discussions between participants, the moving stories told, the persistent
searches for answers or information by some participants, the silent personal emotions at WWII historical sites: It’s all part of the Meeting. New friendships arise, existing ones reinforced. All of
the above gives hope for a better understanding between people, makes one humble and grateful for the Freedom we live in today. I’m lucky that my son Yuri, who also participates in this Meeting,
inherited my interest local WWII history since he was 7 years old and proud of his contribution to this Meeting as a historian, researcher and writer for the 9th Infantry Division. Thanks to Albert
and his team for the continuing organization of this Meeting of the Sons and Daughters of WWII Veterans. Looking forward to 2018.
Kim Huvenaars (Dienstag, 17 Oktober 2017 09:06)
I am from the Netherlands, and live close to the Ardennes and the Hurtgenwald. My grandparents have no war history (other than being occupied) but passed on an interest in the 2nd world war to me. I
have met Albert by coincidence, and he invited me for the 2017 meeting which I joined on the Saturday.
It was a great experience. Well organized, with a lot of sites we visited. The presentations/briefings were very interesting. The group of people and the dynamics in the group were amazing. I met
wonderful people, who were willing to share their personal stories as well as their historical/military knowledge. A valuable experience, and I hope to join in 2018 again.
Thank you team for the great effort!
Rev./Dr. A. Edward Moch (Montag, 16 Oktober 2017 19:18)
Looking forward to connecting with you all :)
Rev./Dr. A. Edward Moch (aka: Alfred Cota)
Michael Barbee (Sonntag, 15 Oktober 2017 22:19)
My wife and I had an outstanding time at the 2017 reunion. Met a lot of fantastic people from Germany, the Netherlands and the States. I am so grateful to Albert and Mario for showing me where my
grandfather lost his life fighting for the 12th Infantry Reg. of the 4th Div. on the hill overlooking Gey. I am definitely going to try to make this an annual trip. Thanks again Albert and
Mikel (Sonntag, 15 Oktober 2017 22:09)
The 2017 sons and daughters reunion was an outstanding experience! You're doing amazing work Albert! Keep it up!
Ann Hirsch (Sonntag, 15 Oktober 2017 20:42)
As a Timberwolf pup,I can't even begin to explain how touching it was to be standing there looking down the road my father took as a Timberwolf with his 414th Regiment, and to be so near the place he
was wounded. Thank you, Albert, for all your research and time spent showing us your area that makes up part of the story of the Timberwolves. Thank you for honoring the history of the Timberwolves,
your wonderful tour, and for also showing us the Dragon's Teeth. It was an unforgettable day for our group.
Stephen Cano (Samstag, 07 Oktober 2017 03:38)
I found the 2017 sons and daughters reunion to be a very touching experience. I was grateful to be around so many Hurtgen Forest historians. They all helped to give deep insight into the soldiers
experiences and sacrifices. The other participants were the most wonderful people to be around. It was a joy to get to know them and walk with them for a few days. It really was a great group. Just
good people who are now my friends..
Albert and Sheila, a warm thank you for the most amazing team and tour. I'm deeply grateful for the experience.
Joe Wilson, Jr. (Donnerstag, 05 Oktober 2017 14:57)
Just returned from the 3rd annual meeting. I've experienced so much and met so many remarkable individuals. Their kindness will be etched in my heart forever.
Thank you Albert and Sheila.
Douglas Nash (Donnerstag, 05 Oktober 2017 12:39)
I want to thank Albert and Maren again for the fantastic job that they arranging and running the 2017 reunion. I was impressed by the knowledge level of the participants and was proud to say that I
was able to contribute just a little bit to the overall event. I hope you can make this an annual event, and I hope to be able to make it next year. Great job, everyone!
Harry D. Stumpf (Donnerstag, 05 Oktober 2017 11:10)
Please thank your team for the 2017 Sons & Daughters reunion which I will remember.
Rick Hanger (Samstag, 22 Juli 2017 03:25)
My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Albert Trostorf ( 7 July 2017 ) when he took us into Hurtgen Forest to show me where my father had fought with US 1st Army 18 Div company A. I never knew my
dad so this was a very emotional experience for me. The knowledge and information that Albert was able reveal was amazing, he made my visit very special. So wish we had known Albert earlier would
have made our search so much easier, and now he is willing to help me find further information to know more about this part of my dads life. Was an honour to meet you Albert.
Bart van der Sterren (Mittwoch, 26 Oktober 2016 11:15)
This is a beautiful website. Thank you for remembering all the soildiers who let their lives in the Hürtgen Forest. I adopted the name of Cliffe H. Wolfe, etched on the wall of the missing at the
militairy cemetery in Margraten. Cliffe fought in the 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, Company A. He went missing on 17 november 1944 at the Brandenburger Tor.
Kenneth F. Lochowicz (Mittwoch, 26 Oktober 2016 06:07)
My uncle’s sister Rosemarie, the rest of the family and I thank you for paying tribute to him. Pfc. Eugene E. Lochowicz is MIA. He was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment,
8th Infantry Division. We hope someday his remains will be found. What follows is to let people know how we got to know each other. I joined a Yahoo group for the 8th division looking for information
on my uncle. You emailed me and we became friends. Your website is well planned out and very informative. Again I feel honored that you have added my uncle to Individual Fates section of your
Kenneth F. Lochowicz
John McParland (Montag, 24 Oktober 2016 03:40)
Albert - it was your advice that put me in touch with Golden Arrow Research to get Company Daily Reports for H Company 414th Rgt, 104th Division and C Company, 33rd Armored Rgt, 3rd Armored Division.
Those reports were the key to finding the house in Breinig where my uncle met up with his friend from home in Feb 1945. The time you spent showing me around the Stolberg Corridor, the Donnerberg,
Eschweiler Woods and the Hurtgen Forest was enlightening and moving. The depth of your knowledge is impressive. Thank you for taking me on an amazing journey.
Larry Stover (Donnerstag, 20 Oktober 2016 18:59)
Enjoyed matching picture to actual scenes, the excellent tour and commentary, and time spent with Albert. Really helped me understand what my father faced over 70 years ago. Thanks.
Andreas Trostorf (Sonntag, 16 Oktober 2016 15:14)
Eine sehr sachliche und informative Seite.
Andreas Trostorf (Samstag, 15 Oktober 2016 23:45)
Laurie McDonald Maley (Dienstag, 11 Oktober 2016 03:18)
Thank you, Albert, for the WONDERFUL tribute you did of my father, Cpl. Ambrose J. McDonald, 322nd FA Med Detach, 83rd Infantry Division. It is gratifying to be honored like this on your site and my
father to be remembered for what my he did so that the wounded survived their injuries and were not taken by War. My father drove a jeep and took so many injured to the field hospitals, never knowing
if his "passenger" would make it there alive or if he did, live past hospital treatment. I am sure some of the worst cases haunted him, not knowing if his aiding them and escorting them to further
treatment made a difference, as his objective was to save lives. I thank you once more, Albert. You make us proud of my dad even more and it is a GREAT thing you are doing on here!
linda stymiest (Montag, 26 September 2016 22:57)
My son and I spent a wonderful day with Albert in the Hurtgen Forest. Albert took us into the forest to see the different memorials along with a visit to the German cemetery. Also, a visit to
Lammersdorf where my father fought with the 78th. He is an expert in his hobby. We were so appreciative! We ended the day with the famous pea soup with sausage at the Abby in the woods.
Albert, when you come to Chicago next year you must head north 3 hours to Appleton, WI. We will welcome you and Sheila and show you how the cheeseheads live!!
Leonard E. Moorehouse (Donnerstag, 08 September 2016 00:44)
My father Staff Sergeant Alwin W. Moorehouse was with E Company 26th Infantry since D-Day. Captured in the town of Merode in the Hurtgen Forest on November 29; 1944. Liberated in April 1945 at Stalag
Fürstenberg by the Russian Red Army. I spent two days with Albert Trostorf a notetable WWII historian. His knowledge about the Battle is terrific. He showed us the former trenches and foxholes in the
forest and guided us through the village of Merode. Next year I 'll come back with my two adult sons and their families.DJFa
Linda O'Leary (Donnerstag, 01 September 2016 04:08)
Thank you Albert for everything you do to keep the memories of the WWII Veterans like my father alive. My father was very proud to have you as a friend and enjoyed your correspondence with him when
he was alive. I have been told you are a fantastic tour guide and I hope eday to book a tour with you and visit the places my father was during the war. So special to see the areas that I heard him
talk about when I was growing up. When I do make the trip, I will absolutely book the tour with you. Bless you for your dedication to preserving the memories and honoring these Veterans.
Michael Salzano (Freitag, 05 August 2016 06:36)
Albert, I was showing your site to a friend of mine the other day and I remembered that I should sign your guestbook! I hope you and Sheila are having a good Summer. April says hello and sends her
Ich freue mich auf wenn ich Deutschland wieder besuchen kann . Ich werde auf meinem Wortschatz in der Zwischenzeit arbeiten!
Greg Canellis (Mittwoch, 27 Juli 2016 04:00)
Albert, glad you had the opportunity to visit our National Archives and Carlisle. Thank you for all you do.
Ed Tiebax (Samstag, 16 Juli 2016 18:48)
A great website you have.
A lot of information and very good photo's,
We know how much work it is, congratulations on your website.
Also, what you do for the veterans who fought in the Hürtgen Forest.
Continue with your good work.
Arnold Vondenberg (Donnerstag, 07 Juli 2016 13:24)
Als Angehöriger der 47. VGD habe ich an den Kämpfen bei Merode teilgenommen. Es waren schlimme Tage, welche wir dort erlebt haben. Die meisten meiner guten Freunde sind dort gefallen oder verwundet
worden. Ich hatte Glück, kam aber nach den Kämpfen um Hagenau im Frühjahr 1945 zunächst in amerikanischer, später in französische Kriegsgefangenschaft. Erst Ende 1948 kehrte ich nach Hause zurück.
Den Friedhof in Merode habe ich mehrmals nach dem Krieg besucht.
Stephen Cano (Mittwoch, 06 Juli 2016 17:49)
Albert, we are in debt to you for your kind hospitality and expert guidance during our recent visit to the Hurtgen Forest and surrounding cities. It was quite amazing to walk Pedro Cano's battle site
of December 2nd and 3rd. We also appreciated learning about the war at your Hurtgen Forest museum and as we traveled together. Over the past few decades you have built bridges of peace between old
foes and allowed family members to find answers to their questions. I sincerely hope to see you in Germany again and perhaps if we are blessed to have you visit us in California. Very respectfully,
Stephen Cano & the Cano Family
Jack E. Oliver (Mittwoch, 06 Juli 2016 12:23)
I along with Family members, had the pleasure of having Albert Trostorf and his wife Sheila at my home at Columbia/Mo. June 17-18-19, 2016. Thanks Albert for all your kidness.
Linda Stymiest (Freitag, 01 Juli 2016 22:49)
Love the website, Albert! Not sure if you are in the states right now. But, my son and I look forward to meeting you in September!
Carl Salzano (Mittwoch, 29 Juni 2016 03:50)
I want to thank Albert Trostorf for his tireless and unselfish efforts, over decades of time, helping countless veterans of both sides visit, and hopefully put to rest the horrors of the Forest.
Perhaps without exception, no veteran who fought in the battle escaped the life long trauma the forest unleashed on its inhabitants. The effects of the Forest have lived with each veteran for all of
their days. And, whether spoken or unspoken, the shadow of the Forest was and is sensed and felt by the friends and families of each veteran. My father, a rifleman with the 8th division was no
exception. For him the forest was always with him, sometimes buried deep in the recesses of his mind and sometimes on the surface. Regardless, you always understood its presence and the deep and
lasting impression it left on his views of the world and the nature of human beings. Albert is now perhaps the most learned person alive today on how the battle unfolded. Through his countless
interviews and interactions with the veterans who fought on the ground, many of whom have since passed, Albert has accumulated a vast knowledge of stories and experiences about what it was like to
fight in the Forest. These stories and experiences weave a tapestry of the battle that no other historian, guide or storyteller can match. Albert is now engaged in a life long pursuit to capture for
posterity the story of the Battle of the Huertgen Forest. For this he should be commended and for which he has my undying respect.
Rand Russell (Mittwoch, 08 Juni 2016 11:09)
My father, who with the US 4th Division, 22nd Infantry, 2nd Battalion, Company F, was among the first to engage in the second phase of what would be the longest battle in WWII on German Soil. He
entered the Hurtgenwald at 12:45 on 16 November 1944, and I entered, to the minute, 70 years later....there were heroes then….Two years in the planning, my pilgrimage began by pressing my father,
then 89, to engage in a conversation he had avoided for over 6 decades. With his crystal clear memory opening a path into the forest of the past, I found guidance in those who have written the books,
and through them those who know the forest and its history. Robert Rush, and Brian Moreland offered the same name….Albert Trostrof. It was as though he had always been awaiting my contact. From the
instant he picked me up at my hotel (recommended and booked by him for me) the day became….holy. Passing through villages with names that had only been words in a story, I collapsed further into my
father's life as a 20 year old SSgt. Sitting in Albert's auto, the forest surrounding us... was powerful….Albert tapped the clock on the dashboard, and as it clicked to 12:45…he said "lets go!" His
experience of decades, and his research into the minute by minute radio reports, and military records left to history 70 years earlier, led me…as close as can be humanly possible through the
darkness, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day….until…he quietly paused and said respectfully…"this is a far as your father would have gone". My heart stopped, and thinking of all that meant
for so many, on both sides of that forest, I dropped to a knee, and with my father's dog tags in my hand touched the mud, and thanked this place for not keeping my father, and Albert for having
brought this part of my journey to a close…If you have had a relative who came as far as they could in that forest, and you also feel the need to complete that journey, I must tell you to find Albert
Trostrof…he will carry you safely in, and bring you safely….back to life….there are heroes still.
thank you Albert, my guide, my dear friend
Janet Carver (Samstag, 04 Juni 2016 14:48)
Like the new website....My Dad was in Hurtgen Forest in the winter of 1944 after landing at Omaha Beach Normandy on June 7th...
Clarice Cox Eisenbach (Samstag, 04 Juni 2016 03:32)
Albert, I am so sorry you lost the original website. I cannot say enough how much I appreciate you and all your research and these very good photos on this website. My uncle, Vernon Cox was in the
12th Regiment of t he 4th Infantry "C" Company and lost his life around Nov. 18, 1944 in the Hurtgen Forest battles. He is buried in the Ardennes National Cemetery in Luxembourg and I still hope to
come someday to visit his grave site and to meet you. meanwhile, Is there anyone there I could request to put a memorial wreath on his grave? I will be glad to send you or anyone who can do this the
funds necessary. Thankyou again. Clarice Cox Eisenbach 3602 Gemini Dr. 2B, San Angelo, Texas 76903
Elaine Benjamin for Gary Mumblo (Samstag, 04 Juni 2016 01:52)
Gary B.Mumblo was the son of Francis Bernard Mumblo
Maren Esser (Freitag, 03 Juni 2016 14:01)
Hallo Manfred Weimar,
gibt es eine Möglichkeit Kontakt zu Ihnen aufzunehmen?
Manfred Weimar (Freitag, 03 Juni 2016 04:36)
Ich war Fallschirmjäger im Regiment 5 und habe vom 27. November bis 11. Dezember 1944 die Kämpfe bei Merode erlebt. Als gerade 17jähriger geriet ich am 11. Dezember 1944 nachmittags bei Schloss
Merode in amerikanische Gefangenschaft, aus welcher ich 1947 zurückkehrte.
David Hart (Donnerstag, 02 Juni 2016 05:29)
Albert, thank your for giving me and my wife a tour last Summer of the battle area near Gut Kammerbush and Langerwehe. Seeing where my Uncle Pvt. Kenneth B. Hart (Tennessee) 18th Reg. 1st Div. Co. C
fought and died on Nov. 22, 1944 was very
meaningful to me. His outfit was finally able to take strategic Hill 203 after very heavy fighting. He was buried in Henri Chappelle U.S. Military cemetery in Belgium until 1947 and later returned to
Thank you for keeping the memory of these men alive and reminding us that Freedom is not free.
David Hart (Donnerstag, 02 Juni 2016 05:19)
My uncle Pvt. Kenneth B. Hart (Tennessee) of the U.S. 18th Regiment 1st Division C Company was KIA on November 22, 1944 near Gut Kammerbush and Langerwehe during very heavy fighting for strategic
Hill 203. His outfit fought from the Siegried Line almost all the way to the end of the Huertgen Forest before he fell.
With Albert as my guide, my wife and I were able to visit last Summer almost the exact spot where his last battle was fought. After studying the Battle of the Huertgen Forest for years, the
opportunity to visit the battle site in person was very humbling and very meaningful. As his nephew, this experience brought some closure to his fate.
He was buried at Henri-Chappelle U.S. Military Cemetery in Belgium until 1947. Like so many others, he was returned to the states at the request of the family.
Thank you Albert for helping to keep the memory of these brave souls alive. May we not forget that Freedom is not Free and never will be!
Enjoy your visit to America Albert!!!
Detlev Lothar Werk, Sr. (Mittwoch, 01 Juni 2016 02:37)
Hello Albert, many thanks for all you do to keep our memories alive. I'm and 'old' Blue Spader-26th Infantry since 1961. My father gave his life in the German Army and he fell near Kleve March/1945.
We just lost a Blue Spader from the earlier generation, Jonel Hill of Pasadena-CA, about 25 miles from my house. You and I met over Internet some 15 years ago. Tschuess, Denny Werk
Margie Profet (Montag, 30 Mai 2016 22:51)
What a great informative website! Thank you Albert for keeping alive the memory of our love ones killed in the Battle of the Huertgen Forest.
Today is Memorial Day in the U.S., when we honor our fallen U.S. soldiers of all wars. With the help of various people, including Albert, I finally found out the story of what happened to my
great-uncle PFC Conrad Howard Jorgensen of the 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, who was killed Thanksgiving Day 1944 in the Battle of Huertgen Forest. Conrad Howard's body was buried by
German soldiers on a farm in the village of Merode. Albert's father was one of the persons who located his body for the U.S. Army after the war. His body was then transferred to an American cemetery
in Belgium for identification and finally to the U.S.
Today some other family members and I finally visited Conrad Howard's final grave with flowers and a flag.
Thank all of you who work so hard for freedom!
John Carlton (Freitag, 27 Mai 2016 15:14)
Son of US Army 4th Cavalry SFC Carl Carlton, Jr.
John Miller (Montag, 23 Mai 2016 00:25)
Albert, thank you for all you have done to help everyone understand what their relatives went through during the battle for the Hurtgen Forest. It makes everyone appreciate their efforts even more.
Thanks for your work on a great web site. It is a great place to spend some time...........
Edward M. McCoy (Sonntag, 22 Mai 2016 22:37)
Thank you Albert for placing the yellow ribbon in the Huertgen Forest in memory of my grandfather Sgt Joseph Retzler. He was killed in action there on Oct 6th, 1944 while fighting with Company I of
the 60th Infantry Regiment in the 9th Infantry Division. You help to keep all of our fallen soldiers memories alive.
William P. Shaw (Sonntag, 22 Mai 2016 17:39)
Author of "Fellowship of Dust: Retracing the WWII Journey of Sergeant Frank Shaw."
Rick Amero (Sonntag, 15 Mai 2016 03:59)
Albert: Great work as always and appreciate all your hard work.
To refresh the Memory: My father Charles E. Amero was with the 26th Infantry Regiment, Company D, 1st Infantry Division. Charlie landed on Omaha Beach, fought in the Hurtgen Forest and Battle of the
Bulge and was wounded on March 17, 1945 on the other side of the Remagen Bridge. He lost one of his best friends in the Hurtgen Forest and I have narrowed it down to three possible soldiers it could
be. I have compiled a list of all Company D soldiers killed in the European Campaign, which cemetery they are buried and how they were killed in the battle.
If anyone needs Information of Company D, 26th Infantry please email me at:
email@example.com and I will get Information as possible.
I respect Albert very much for all the work he has done to preverse the Memory of the brave soldiers.
Chris Kaiser (Sonntag, 15 Mai 2016 00:01)
Dear Albert, my congratulations for your great website. I know this is a lot of work and you are one of the best tour guides and historians on the subject Hurtgen Forest and especially Merode, where
Pvt. Carl Harris, 1St. Inf. Div., 26th Inf. Reg. Blue Spaders probably was KIA November 29th, 1944. Thank you for your support for researches and the organization of the son/daughter meetings. Great
work and go on.
Best regards from East Belgium (Eupen), Chris
Laurie Reppas (Samstag, 14 Mai 2016 17:22)
A huge THANK YOU to Albert for being so generous of his time, knowledge, and resources as he showed us around the German cities from Aachen to Cologne, where the 104th Infantry Division (the
Timberwolves) fought in 1944-1945. My brother (Brian Bell), my husband (Greg Reppas), and I were retracing our Dad's footsteps from World War II. Our Dad, Hugh Bell, was in 415 - C Company, and we
were able to find places he had been. Albert's access to the After Action Reports were instrumental in us locating the area our Dad was wounded outside of Cologne on March 5, 1945. Thank you so much
for an incredible and memorable journey. I know we will keep in touch!
Brian Bell (Freitag, 13 Mai 2016 16:11)
Albert Trostorf spent three days guiding my sister and her husband, Laurie and Greg Reppas and me through a portion of the 104th Timberwolf Division's route from Aachen to Köln. Our father Hugh Bell
was in 415-C company and his battalion was a focus. We toured the sites where battles and action occurred, and the towns, buildings and landmarks along the campaign. Albert was very well prepared and
researched with information, After Action Reports, and war time photos which were used to great effect. He shared DVD and CD ROMS and reports with us. We also investigated a likely area where our
father was wounded outside Köln with Albert's help. We never could have done this tour to this level of detail on our own and we thank Albert for this wonderful gift that we can share with our
family. We certainly recommend Albert for battle tour guide and information provider.
Scott Gibson (Dienstag, 03 Mai 2016 23:53)
Sorry to hear about the guest book issues. Thank you again for your work to help us remember the service of our families.
My father, Leon Gibson, served in Recon Co. of the 634th Tank Destroyer Bn.
My wife and I hope to attend the remembrance tour this fall.
Yuri Beckers (Dienstag, 03 Mai 2016 16:03)
Albert Trostorf is one of the most knowledgeable experts when it comes to the history of the Hurtgen Forest area battles. With over 35 years of experience his knowledge about the various Divisions,
German and American, and all the cities and villages in the area, is outstanding. Besides being a great historian, he is also an excellent tour guide, and the author of very interesting books. I am
honored to call Albert my friend, and have learned a lot from him. I can recommend contacting Albert if you are planning a visit to this area. All the best, Yuri
Uwe Sewlng (Samstag, 23 April 2016 08:52)
Grüße vom linken Niederrhein Uwe
Michael Corley (Dienstag, 19 April 2016 23:19)
My Father, then LTC John T. Corley, commanded 3rd BN 26th Infantry through most of WWII. I met Albert many years ago when I was stationed in Germany. A great historian and tour guide, I appreciate
his generosity and what he does. Keep up the good work Albert!
David Whitehouse (Dienstag, 19 April 2016 17:20)
My father was a Sergeant in the United States Army in World War II. He fought in the Huertgen forest until he was shot up in the neck while taking out a machine gun nest in late 1944. My friend
Albert (whom I have yet to meet!) gets my undying gratitude for putting his heart and soul into this website. These memories are important to me as I never heard a word from my father concerning his
part in the entire war nor in the battles in this area. Thank you, Albert, from the bottom of my heart! David.
Rob Adams (Montag, 18 April 2016 18:12)
Thanks for this sight. I am glad someone is keeping this history alive for everyone to learn from.
Bob Manini Sr., (Samstag, 16 April 2016 14:47)
Albert: Sorry to hear about the problems you had with your emails. But I want you to know that my wife, Marlene, and I, still think about you and your wife Shelia... Thanks for keeping the memories
alive, of all the brave men and women, who served, from all countries, during WW2.. A special thank you, for helping me get to see my Uncle Elio's grave at the Henri-Chapelle Cemetery..
Chris Hennen (Samstag, 16 April 2016 13:40)
Albert: Thank you for your interest in and attention to the history of the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest. As the son of an 8th Infantry Division, 121st Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion mortarman I'm
particularly grateful for the work you've done and continue to do to honor the brave men on both sides. -- Chris Hennen, US Army Military Intelligence (Retired)
Robert Wasmer (Samstag, 16 April 2016 04:08)
Thanks for you do.
Bob Correll (Freitag, 15 April 2016 20:21)
Albert, appreciate your work and pictures for the 104th and all that you do.
Son of Pvt Weldon Ray Correll Co B 329th cbt Engr Bn 2nd plt embedded with 1st Bn 414th Inf Div
John Miller (Freitag, 15 April 2016 18:23)
Albert, really enjoyed the pictures. Hope some of what was lost van be recovered.
D Daniels (Freitag, 15 April 2016 15:50)
In my mother's last days she talked to me a lot about her beloved 1st husband. The USA gov had not added the word castle on the telegram notifying her of his Kia status in 1944. As a result, she
could never find the "town" on a map. Albert was of indespensible assistance. My mother looked often at photos of Laufenburg Castle before her own passing. She felt that in 1944, the Americans would
not have expected Germany to fight back to the extent of causing large damage to such an historic German structure. I did not inform her of his "superficial wound" prior to his engagement in the
field near castle's entrance or that death at field hospital did not occur until 3 days later. From all accounts her photo & my sister's would have been near his bed-- they were returned heavily
damaged. My family has great appreciation & gratitude to Albert.
Harry H. Wagner (Freitag, 15 April 2016 15:36)
I really enjoyed the pictures. Thanks.
Harry H. Wagner
C 26, 1 ID