Run to St. Lo Honors Nebraska National Guardsmen Killed Liberating St Lo, France

Every year, Berry Law is proud to be a sponsor of the annual Run to St. Lo 5k at the Nebraska National Guard Museum in Seward, Nebraska. The run/walk honors the 52 Nebraska National Guardsmen killed liberating St. Lo, France, in July of 1944. This year marks the 4th year of the annual run, and will take place on Saturday, June 8th, at 7:00am.

The Meaning Behind the Run

In December of 1940, the Nebraska National Guard was called up by executive order for one year. Well, Pearl Harbor happened in December of 1941, and the 134th Infantry Regiment was extended for the duration of the war. They trained 43 months total before deploying to England. They went into France in July, just after D-Day, and they moved forward to the city of St. Lo, which was their objective. In July of 1944, their mission was to liberate the city of St. Lo, but they were in difficult terrain known as hedgerow country. It took them three days from the time they entered the line to liberate the city. They lost 52 men in the span of 3 miles, which is the same distance that they’re running in June for the annual Run to St. Lo 5k.

Remembering the Fallen

One of the most memorable aspects of the run are the 52 sentinels that are stationed along the way with the names of the fallen. These sentinels will be holding individual memorials for the 52 Nebraska National Guardsmen who were killed liberating the city. In fact, a few families of those killed liberating France come to the race and volunteer as sentinels. The gold star families will show up and they hold their loved one’s sign. The run also features a large number of Veterans and servicemembers. A large portion of the runners will run in uniform with guide-ons, shouting the name of the 52 fallen soldiers as they pass their memorial. Within the first 50 meters of the start, there’s a sentinel holding a sign. There’s a sentinel holding Allison Babb’s sign right at the beginning of the race, and it continues around until you get to number 52, which is at the finish line. It’s a real emotional toll. The names of the 52 soldiers whose lives were taken liberating St Lo, France, are listed below:

  • Allison D. Babb – Falls City – Normandy American Cemetery
  • Vernon L. Barnard – Cortland – Normandy American Cemetery
  • Ivan Q. Brown – Hastings – Normandy American Cemetery
  • Raymond J. Brzonkowski – Omaha – Normandy American Cemetery
  • Donald E. Christensen – Omaha – Washington Cemetery, NE
  • Wayne A. Coxon – Grand Island – Fort McPherson National Cemetery, NE
  • Lewis E. Dailey – Hastings – Normandy American Cemetery
  • Emil Fendrick – Clarkson – Schuyler Cemetery, NE
  • William W. Frahm – Sunol – Greenwood Cemetery, Sidney, NE
  • Robert W. Fulton – Beatrice – Beatrice Cemetery, NE
  • Marvin J. Geiken – Gothenburg – Normandy American Cemetery
  • Charles P. Gentile – Omaha – Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Omaha, NE
  • LLoyd R. Harvey – Ogallala – Normandy American Cemetery
  • FLoyd W. Hawkins, Jr. – Beatrice – Fort McPherson National Cemetery, NE
  • Dale B. Horne – North Platte – Fort McPherson National Cemetery, NE
  • Morris L. Ivey – Raymond – Oak Creek Cemetery, Raymond, NE
  • Jacob Jacoby – Lincoln – Normandy American Cemetery
  • Howard H. Johnson – Alvo – Alvo Cemetery, NE
  • Harvey B. Langley – Beatrice – Pleasant View Cemetery, Pickrell, NE
  • Lyle E. Lovelady – Omaha – Normandy American Cemetery
  • Louis A. Marino – Omaha – Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Omaha, NE
  • William A. McGinnis – Nebraska City – Normandy American Cemetery
  • Harold G. McKay – North Platte – Fort McPherson National Cemetery, NE
  • Ralph D. McManaman – Omaha – Brittany American Cemetery
  • John H. Meints – Pickrell – Normandy American Cemetery
  • Harold A. Meurrans – Omaha – Brittany American Cemetery
  • Robert R. Miller – Lincoln – Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, NE
  • William A. Nydegger – Beatrice – Normandy American Cemetery
  • Walter F. Placek – Columbus – Normandy American Cemetery
  • Vyregel H. Putnam – Lincoln – Normandy American Cemetery
  • Virgil D. Reimers – Dannebrog – Grand Island Cemetery, NE
  • Harry P. Saali – Peru – Normandy American Cemetery
  • W.J. Schiebinger – Lincoln – Normandy American Cemetery
  • Frank Schelbitzki – Strang – Ohiowa Cemetery, NE
  • Jerome G. Sokol – Duncan – Duncan Cemetery, NE
  • Freddie A. Sorenson – Filley – Crab Orchard Cemetery, NE
  • Charles P. Stevens – Beatrice – Evergreen Home Cemetery, NE
  • Joseph G. Swendroski – Omaha – Omaha Cemetery, NE
  • William E. Tombrink – Omaha – Omaha Cemetery, NE
  • Horace E. Van Houten – TayLor – Brittany American Cemetery
  • Richard H. Wieser – Beaver Crossing – Normandy American Cemetery
  • James W. Wilbur – Big Springs – Normandy American Cemetery
  • Leslie G. Wilson – Omaha – Normandy American Cemetery
  • FLoyd E. Whittaker – Blue Springs – Blue Springs Cemetery, NE
  • Wesley Stahlhut – Nebraska City – Wyuka Cemetery, NE
  • James W. Nichols – Omaha – Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park, NE
  • Orvan R. Anderson – Omaha – Fort McPherson National Cemetery, NE
  • Vard D. Kuebler – Lincoln – Golden Gate National Cemetery, CA
  • Robert H. Putnam – Omaha – Forest Lawn Memorial Park, NE
  • Herman Spreier – Lincoln – Wyuka Cemetery, NE
  • George Tiedje – Bennington – German Cemetery Washington Co., NE
  • Clarence M. Otto – Beatrice – Christ Lutheran Church Cemetery, NE

The 5k Run and 1 Mile Run/Walk

The race features a competitive 5k run and a noncompetitive 1 mile run/walk. Both races start at the same time and the same location. If you are in the 1 mile run/walk, you turn around come back after ½ of a mile. The 1 mile run/walk is geared towards younger people and individuals wanting to participate but not compete in the 5k. The 5k is a competitive run, and the winners of each age group will be awarded a medal.

How to Register

To register for the 4th annual Run to St. Lo Memorial 5k run/walk, visit:

https://getmeregistered.com/RuntoStLoMemorial5k

Once you reach the website, click the button to either register for the 5k or the 1 mile walk. Then, fill out the information required to finish your registration. The 5k run costs $25.00 and registration includes a commemorative t-shirt and a pre-race package. The 1 mile run/walk costs $10 and registration does not include a commemorative t-shirt.