Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
After World War II, American dead buried in a number of smaller
cemeteries were consolidated into several large ones. The
Normandy American Cemetery holds the remains of 9,387 American
The memorial features the sculpture, 'The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves'.
America blesses its sons before they depart. France places a wreath on the head of the dead.
Bedford and Raymond Hoback, brothers from Bedford, Virginia, were
killed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. The town of Bedford suffered the
loss of 22 men during the campaign.
Jimmie Montieth, also from western Virginia, specifically Low Moor,
attended Virginia Tech before his military service. Montieth Hall
is named for him. He died leading his men during the capture of
Cabourg Draw and was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Copyright 2010 by John Hamill