Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial

GPS: 49.334401, 5.093623

The Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in France covers 130.5 acres and is the largest American military cemetery in Europe. It was dedicated in 1937 and is the resting place of 14,246 American servicemen. Most of these lost their lives during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive at the end of the First World War.

The cemetery's array of long regular rows of headstones rises upward past the wide central pool to the chapel and memorial that crowns the ridge to form a focal point. Within the chapel is a majestic bronze screen that separates the foyer from the interior the centre piece that is formed by an alter that has the flags of the principal Allied nations displayed behind. On either side of the chapel are large stained-glass windows that portray the insignia of the American units that fought in the First World War. On either side of the chapel stand the panels of the memorial bearing the names of the 954 American servicemen missing in action who have no known grave, including those from the US expedition to northern Russia in 1918-1919. Rosettes mark the names of those who have since recovered and identified. A panel in the western side of the memorial contains a map of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

In November 2016 the visitor centre was renovated and reopened. This contains a number of interpretive exhibits, incorporating personal stories, photographs, films, and interactive displays. Here visitors can gain a better understanding of the critical importance of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and how this fits into the First World War.

Nine Medal of Honor Recipients are buried within the cemetery:

Another notable grave is that of Sergeant Victor Emmanuel Chapman the first American pilot to die in the First World War.

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Last updated: 15th December 2018