I recently got contacted by a man saying his great uncle fought during Operation Market Garden. The man was going on a business trip to The Netherlands and wanted to visit the place where his great uncle got hit. His uncle was Captain Thomas A. Norwood, an officer in the 326th Engineers Battalion, 101st Airborne Division. After surviving D-Day Norwood prepared for Operation Market Garden. He landed in the vicinity of Veghel and headed for a vital bridge. They captured and repaired the bridge so traffic could roll through. Later that day Norwood got seriously wounded in action and died of his wounds in a hospital in the UK.
“I’ll never forget those fearful moments, when, at the moment that a heavy iron crossbeam hung in the tackles underneath the bridge, a very heavy shelling began, and the shrapnel crossed the bridge in all directions and we all fled into the shelters in the neighborhood; also fled the soldiers who held the ropes which prevented the beams from falling into the water. This would have happened if Tom and one of my teachers had not taken the ropes and while lying on the ground they retained them till after the shelling. By this heroic act, the beams were kept from falling into the water from which it would have been impossible to draw them up again because we lacked the proper tackles for doing so.”
For a complete story of Captain Thomas A. Norwood, check out http://burnfan0.tripod.com/id8.html
The man who contacted me wanted to know the location of the bridge, so he could spend some time exploring the area where his great uncle got hit. This was a hard task for me, for the bridge doesn’t exist anymore. Through some research and forums I found the exact location of the bridge: http://goo.gl/maps/sL5sC