40 World War I Soldiers Killed on Same Day Honored in New York

New York National Guard soldiers of the 27th Infantry Division cross a bridge over the LeSelle River on their way to St. Souplet, France during the Hindenburg Line campaign in the fall of 1918. The bridge was built by the Soldiers of the 102nd Engineer Battalion. (New York State Military Museum photo)
New York National Guard soldiers of the 27th Infantry Division cross a bridge over the LeSelle River on their way to St. Souplet, France during the Hindenburg Line campaign in the fall of 1918. The bridge was built by the Soldiers of the 102nd Engineer Battalion. (New York State Military Museum photo)

GOSHEN, N.Y. -- Forty soldiers killed on the same day during World War I were remembered Saturday in the Hudson Valley on the 100th anniversary of their deaths.

Officials in Orange County, New York held a ceremony to honor the 40 county residents who died on Sept. 29, 1918, when Allied forces breached the Hindenburg Line in northern France.

The Hindenburg Line was the last line of German defenses. Troops who broke through the heavily fortified zone helped bring about the end of World War I less than two months later, on Nov. 11, 1918.

The ceremony was held at the county's Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Goshen.

The 40 men served in Companies E and L of the 107th Regiment of the Army's 27th Infantry Division.

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