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 servicemen.



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

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