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Aisne-Marne American Cemetery

Aisne-Marne American Cemetery

Aisne-Marne American Cemetery

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  • Date Posted: Aug 20, 2016
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  • Address: 02400 Belleau France


With headstones lying in a sweeping curve, the42.5-acre Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in France, sits at the foot of Belleau Wood. The cemetery contains the graves of 2,289 war dead, most of whom fought in the vicinity and in the Marne Valley in the summer of 1918. The memorial chapel sits on a hillside, decorated with sculptured and stained-glass details of wartime personnel,equipment and insignia. Inscribed on its interior wall are 1,060 names of

the missing. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. During World War II the chapel was damaged slightly by an enemy shell.

Belleau Wood adjoins the cemetery and contains many vestiges of World War I. A monument at the flagpole commemorates the valor of the U.S. Marines who captured much of this ground in 1918.

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