Saint Mihiel American Cemetery

This World War I cemetery in France contains the graves of more than 4,150 war dead, and nearly 300 names on the Walls of the Missing.

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NARRATOR: 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.”