82nd Airborne WW II Wall of the Missing Normandy
T/5 James W O'Rourke Jr
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interred or memorialized at one of the many sites around the world the
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(Picture: right) Front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
NORMANDY CEMETERY is situated on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach and the
English Channel in Colleville-sur Mer, France. It is just east of St.
Laurent-sur-Mer and north west of Bayeux about one hundred and seventy miles west of
Paris. The cemetery is located on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery,
established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944, the first American cemetery on
European soil in World War II. The cemetery is at the north end of its one half mile
access road and covers one hundred and seventy two acres. It contains the graves of
9,386 American military Dead, most of whom gave their lives during the landings and
ensuing operations of World War II.|
right) On the walls of the semicircular garden on the east side of the memorial are inscribed the names of
1,557 American Missing who gave their lives in the service of their country, but whose
remains were not located or identified. The memorial consists of a semicircular
colonnade with a loggia at each end containing maps and narratives of the military
left) At the center is a bronze statue titled, "Spirit of American Youth." An
orientation table overlooks the beach and depicts the landings at Normandy. Facing
west at the memorial, one sees in the foreground the reflecting pool, the mall with burial
areas to either side and the circular chapel beyond. Behind the chapel are statues
representing the United States and France.
(Source: American Battle Monuments Commission)
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