Saint Mihiel American Cemetery

Saint Mihiel American Cemetery

Saint Mihiel American Cemetery is located
about 180 miles east of Paris. It is situated at the center of the famous
Saint Mihiel salient, where the majority of the nearly 4,200 Americans buried here lost
their lives during the First World War. At the center of the cemetery is a sundial
with a carved American eagle. Inscribed on its base is General Pershing’s promise that
“Time will not dim the glory of their deeds.” Here rests a Medal of Honor recipient, killed
while leading a charge on a German trench. The memorial is an example of classically-styled
architecture. A carved rose-granite urn at the center of its circular colonnade resembles
an ancient funeral vase. Inside the memorial chapel, a richly colored
mosaic depicts an angel of victory sheathing a sword. A large battle map is inlaid with different
types and colors of marble. Names of the missing are listed on the end walls of the map room. Among the graves is a sculpture of a young
American officer. An inscription reads, “He sleeps far away
from his family in the gentle lands of France.”

3 Replies to “Saint Mihiel American Cemetery”

  1. PFC Carl J. Hansen, 131st Infantry Division. Killed by machine gun fire the afternoon of Nov. 10, 1918. Iron River Pioneer, WI newspaper says he "was killed one day before the armistice went into effect." Killed at Bois d'Harville, he was 29 years of age.

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