June 23, 2014, Manfred Rommel’s grave site, Stuttgart, Germany

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I visited Manfred’s grave today to pay my respects and placed a small American flag at the base of his cross. He was a man of peace.

Three years ago, almost to the day , I spent several hours with with Manfred. The meeting had been arranged by Helen Patton.

This evening I learned through friends of Jack Port’s, who live in Stuttgart, that the Stuttgart Airport is in the process of being renamed to the Manfred Rommel Airport. How perfect , how fitting!

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About Jeff Lowdermilk

I have traveled to Europe several times over the last few years to follow my grandfather's path as detailed in his World War I diary. My grandfather was an American Infantryman who survived the war. This has been an adventurous journey of self-exploration. The friends I have made along the way and experiences gained have greatly enriched my life

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