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Dole      Saturday, October 10 former US Senator Bob Dole will return to Italy to retrace the pathes when he fought in the American 10th Mountain Division. Lieutenant and  leader of the company L of the 85th regiment, known as "suicide squad", Bob Dole was a brave and aggressive leader so much that he earned three honors: two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. Was seriously injured April 14, 1945, the first day of Spring Offensive - the attack of the V Army that led to the final breakthrough of German lines in the high Apennines of Bologna and Modena - when shrapnel from a mortar German shattered the right shoulder and some vertebrae at the neck and spine. He was paralyzed from the neck down, had shards of metal throughout the body and a damaged kidney.
Despite the pessimism of doctors about the possibility, after many surgeries and endless rehabilitation, he survived in honorable physical condition. Today, in a wheelchair for the consequences of those injuries, he is 92 years old and an unshakable optimism.

Bob Dole will spend the second morning and early afternoon in Castel d'Aiano. In the afternoon he specifically expressed a desire, commitments permitting, visit the museum of Iola Montese in which two rooms on the first floor are dedicated to the 10th Mountain Division.


ON 5 DECEMBER THE BRAZILIAN CITY OF SANTA ROSA INAUGURATED A DISTRICT CALLED "MONTESE"

IN HONOUR OF THE VALOROUS "PRACINHAS"

WHO FOUGHT AND SACRIFICED THEMSELVES TO FREE OUR TOWN

...the battle of Montese
was the more painful and
demanding victory of the 
FEB in the Italy campaign.

Two ex-fighters, Cabo Serafim Pereira do Amarante, of 89 years old,
and Eugênio Arnildo Eckert, of 91 years old.

THE MUNICIPALITY OF MONTESE
THANKS BRAZILIAN FRIENDS
FOR THIS TRIBUTE TO
THE SHARED MEMORY
THAT JOIN US TOGETHER

Places and paths of memory

 

 

 The vast section of the “Gothic Line” of the Historical Museum The trenches and stationings of Lastra Bianca The “Path of the Gothic Line” with restored fortifications The remains of trenches, posts and walkways The vast “Second World War” section at the Museum of Iola The pine forest with remains of the German defense system The memorial to American soldiers, to visit the remains of the fortifications The memorial park and the memorial stone to the partisan Napoleon