I had originally planned a different Beatdown for this, but Pi and I decided to create a Hero WOD for Arthur W. Countryman, a Plainfield native who served as a technical sergeant in the Army during World War II. The 37-year-old was assigned to Company F within the 4th Infantry Division’s 12th Infantry Regiment. In 1944, he was part of the unit that battled German forces in Germany’s Hürtgen Forest when he was reported killed in action Nov. 20.
His remains, found by a German woodcutter, weren’t discovered until 1947. Countryman was then buried at Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium in 1950. In 2019, his body was disinterred and sent to a lab in Nebraska, where he was identified last month by a Department of Defense agency tasked with identifying military personnel. Plainfield police will help escort Arthur’s remains from Midway Airport to Plainfield’s Overman Jones Funeral Home on Thursday, July 29.
Arthur W. Countryman also happens to be the great-grandparent of 5 Crossroads PAX: Jellystone, Ron Swanson, Dr. Fauci, Trojan, and Pergo.
Pi and I put our minds together and came up with this Hero Workout of the Day in Arthur’s honor — The Arthur W. Countryman Mile.