St. Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial

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St. Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial
United States
Cimetière américain du Saillant de Saint-Mihiel.jpg
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For World War I
Location 48°57′25″N 5°51′11″E / 48.95694°N 5.85306°E / 48.95694; 5.85306 (St. Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial)Coordinates: 48°57′25″N 5°51′11″E / 48.95694°N 5.85306°E / 48.95694; 5.85306 (St. Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial)

The St. Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial is located at the west edge of Thiaucourt (Meurthe-et-Moselle), France.

Cemetery[edit]

The cemetery, 40.5 acres (16.4 ha) in extent, contains the graves of 4,153 of American military dead from World War I. The majority of these died in the offensive that resulted in the reduction of the St. Mihiel salient that threatened Paris. The burial area is divided by Linden alignment trees and paths into four equal plots. At the center is a large sundial surmounted by an American eagle. To the right (west) is a statue of a World War I soldier and at the eastern end is a semi-circular overlook dominated by a sculpture representing a victory vase.

Memorial[edit]

Beyond the burial area to the south is the white stone memorial consisting of a small chapel, a peristyle with a large rose-granite funeral urn at its center, and a map building. The chapel contains a beautiful mosaic portraying an angel sheathing his sword. On two walls of the museum are recorded the names of 284 of the missing. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. On the wall facing the door is a large map of inlaid marble depicting the St. Mihiel Offensive.

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References[edit]

  • Sledge, Michael (2005 (2007)). Soldier Dead: How We Recover, Identify, Bury, and Honor Our Military Fallen. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 204. ISBN 9780231509374. OCLC 60527603. 

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "St. Miliel American Cemetery and Memorial, American Battle Monuments Commission".