December 17, 1944 — Belgium
Staff Sergeant Thomas J. Forte (Army SN 34046992) was a member of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion(Heavy) when he was killed in combat at the Battle of the Bulge. The 333 Field Artillery were over-run by the heavily armored Germans on December 17, 1944 and had high casualties. Eleven(11) men from this unit are buried at two American cemeteries in Belgium.
During this battle, this unit was the target of war attrocities. Eleven(11) of the men were captured by the Germans. The Nazi-SS took these men to Wereth, Belgium, where they brutally tortured them and killed them. This incident became known as the Wereth 11. S/Sgt Thomas Forte was one of these soldiers who were murdered. Some of the Wereth 11 were buried in Belgium and some were brought back to the US.