"Positive this is the same spot."
I think you nailed it, although how is beyond me. In the original photo one of the only buildings left standing has a distinct vertical 4-window look. And there it is again in the modern photo some distance down the street. Amazing.
Officers of the Ninth Air Force pose with a German Panther tank of Kampfgruppe Peiper knocked out in front of the Hotel des Ardennes in Ligneuville, Belgium on December 17th, 1944. The Panther was commanded by SS Untersturmführer Arndt Fisher who was badly burned in the battle. (U.S. Air Force Photograph.)