Columbus bridge to be named for ‘Iron Men of Metz’

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation is renaming a southern Indiana bridge for a World War II unit that captured the French city of Metz in November 1944.

INDOT says the U.S. Highway 31 bridge at Clifty Creek on the east side of Columbus will be renamed Friday for the “Iron Men of Metz.” They were soldiers of the 95th U.S. Army Division who fought their way through Nazi strongholds to capture the city in northeastern France at its borders with Germany and Luxembourg. It says five of the “Iron Men of Metz” and their families will be in Columbus for a reunion over the weekend.

The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Friday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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