XVIII Airborne Corps

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.................... ......Franklin Delano Roosevelt - June 27,1936
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The Purple Heart
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82nd Airborne WW II Wall of the Missing

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War Memorials
Florence Cemetery, Italy

Besides assisting those seeking information on any individual interred or memorialized at one of the many sites around the world the American Battle Monument Commission also provides a searchable database for American Armed Services Personnel that are interred or memorialized at one of these sites.

(Poster Source: The Government Publications Department at Northwestern University Library).

  FLORENCE CEMETERY   is located on the west side of Via Cassia, about seven and a half miles south of Florence, Italy.

The site covers seventy acres, chiefly on the west side of the Greve River. The wooded hills which frame its west limit rise several hundred feet.  Between the two entrance buildings a bridge leads to the burial area where the headstones of 4,402 American military Dead, representing thirty-nine percent of the U.S. Fifth Army burials originally made between Rome and the Alps.  Most died in the fighting which occurred after the capture of Rome in June 1944. Included among them are casualties of the heavy fighting in the Apennines shortly before the war's end.  On May 2, 1945, the enemy troops in northern Italy surrendered.At Florence, the headstones are arrayed in symmetrical curved rows upon the hillside.
The tall memorial tower can be seen before  reaching the site which covers 65 1/2 acres. From the cemetery entrance the visitor is led to the  Court of Honor with its pool reflecting the tower. To the right and left, respectively, are the visitors' building and the museum containing three large engraved maps with texts depiciting the military operations of the American Armed Forces.

Above the burial area on the topmost of three broad terraces stands the memorial marked by a tall pylon surmounted by a large sculptured figure.  The memorial has two open atria or courts joined by the Tablets of the Missing upon which are inscribed the names of 1,409 Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country and who rest in unknown graves.

The atrium at the south end of the Tablets of the Missing serves as a forecourt to the chapel which is decorated with marble and mosaic.  The north atrium contains the marble operations maps recording the achievements of the American Armed Forces in this region during World War II.

The light fixture in the chapel, and the altar candelabra and flowerbowl were presented by the Government of the Netherlands and by the local Provincial administration.

(Source: American Battle Monuments Commission)

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