North Africa American Cemetery

This World War II cemetery in Tunisia contains the graves of more than 2,800 war dead, and nearly 3,725 names on the Walls of the Missing.

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NARRATOR: On the shores of the Mediterranean, just outside the city of Tunis, Tunisia is North Africa American Cemetery. Most of the more than 2,800 Americans buried here lost their lives in the landings and occupation of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia during World War II. This is the grave of Army Air Force Captain Foy Draper, a 1936 Olympics gold medal winner – a reminder that the servicemen and women buried here were America’s finest. The cemetery is a small oasis in this frequently hot climate. At the entrance is a pool with a sculpture of a figure of Honor. Beneath a canopy of trees are tablets that contain the names of the missing. The memorial consists of a Court of Honor and a chapel. Texts are translated into English, Arabic and French. The chapel’s ceiling and walls are lined with Moroccan cedar. An open-aired portico contains maps of ceramic tiles. They depict American military operations in North Africa. In the evening, the sound of prayers from a nearby mosque drifts over the field of headstones creating an unforgettable impression.