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EPINAL AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL

EPINAL

American Cemetery and Memorial Epinal is located in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. A really wonderful cemetery in a breathtaking area. The Vosges Mountains are really amazing and makes it even more special to find such a nice cemetery there. The cemetery contains the graves of 5,255 soldiers, most of whom lost their lives in the campaigns across north-eastern France to the Rhine and into Germany. Also, there are 424 names engraved in the Wales of the Missing.

A special thing to know (source ABMC): On May 12, 1958, thirteen caskets draped with American flags were placed side by side at the memorial. Each casket contained the remains of one World War II Unknown American, one from each of the thirteen permanent American military cemeteries in the European Theater of Operations. In a solemn ceremony, General Edward J. O'Neill, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Communication Zone, Europe, selected the Unknown to represent the European Theater. It was flown to Naples, Italy and placed with Unknowns from the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters of Operation aboard the USS Blandy for transportation to Washington, D.C. for final selection of the Unknown from World War II. On Memorial Day, 1958, the remains were buried alongside the Unknown from World War I at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

Be sure to visit the cemetery when you are in the area!

Epinal

The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except December 25 and January 1. It is open on host country holidays. When the cemetery is open to the public, a staff member is on duty in the Visitor Building to answer questions and escort relatives to grave and memorial sites.

source:ABMC

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Flag waving at the Vosges foothills

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Walls of the Missing

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Grave of Sergeant William F. Kiehn, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne

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