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Lorraine American Cemetery #5319228 09/22/14 01:37 AM
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It was a very moving place to visit.

The Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in France covers 113.5 acres and contains the largest number of graves of our military dead of World War II in Europe, a total of 10,489. Most of the dead here were killed while driving the German forces from the fortress city of Metz, France crossing the Moselle river toward the Siegfried Line and the Rhine River.

The memorial, which stands on a plateau to the west of the burial area, contains ceramic operations maps with narratives and service flags you can see in the photos. High on its exterior front wall is the large figure of St. Nabor, the martyred Roman soldier overlooking the silent host. On each side of the memorial, and parallel to its front, stretch the Tablets of the Missing on which are inscribed with 444 names.

The cemetery contains 4 Medal of Honor recipients. There are 30 sets of brother buried here.













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Staff Sergeant Miller's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

For performing a series of heroic deeds from 16 to 29 November 1944, during his company's relentless drive from Woippy, France, through Metz to Kerprich Hemmersdorf, Germany. As he led a rifle squad on 16 November at Woippy, a crossfire from enemy machineguns pinned down his unit. Ordering his men to remain under cover, he went forward alone, entered a building housing 1 of the guns and forced 5 Germans to surrender at bayonet point. He then took the second gun single-handedly by hurling grenades into the enemy position, killing 2, wounding 3 more, and taking 2 additional prisoners. At the outskirts of Metz the next day, when his platoon, confused by heavy explosions and the withdrawal of friendly tanks, retired, he fearlessly remained behind armed with an automatic rifle and exchanged bursts with a German machinegun until he silenced the enemy weapon. His quick action in covering his comrades gave the platoon time to regroup and carry on the fight.

On 19 November S/Sgt. Miller led an attack on large enemy barracks. Covered by his squad, he crawled to a barracks window, climbed in and captured 6 riflemen occupying the room. His men, and then the entire company, followed through the window, scoured the building, and took 75 prisoners. S/Sgt. Miller volunteered, with 3 comrades, to capture Gestapo officers who were preventing the surrender of German troops in another building. He ran a gauntlet of machinegun fire and was lifted through a window. Inside, he found himself covered by a machine pistol, but he persuaded the 4 Gestapo agents confronting him to surrender. Early the next morning, when strong hostile forces punished his company with heavy fire, S/Sgt. Miller assumed the task of destroying a well-placed machinegun. He was knocked down by a rifle grenade as he climbed an open stairway in a house, but pressed on with a bazooka to find an advantageous spot from which to launch his rocket. He discovered that he could fire only from the roof, a position where he would draw tremendous enemy fire. Facing the risk, he moved into the open, coolly took aim and scored a direct hit on the hostile emplacement, wreaking such havoc that the enemy troops became completely demoralized and began surrendering by the score.

The following day, in Metz, he captured 12 more prisoners and silenced an enemy machinegun after volunteering for a hazardous mission in advance of his company's position. On 29 November, as Company G climbed a hill overlooking Kerprich Hemmersdorf, enemy fire pinned the unit to the ground. S/Sgt. Miller, on his own initiative, pressed ahead with his squad past the company's leading element to meet the surprise resistance. His men stood up and advanced deliberately, firing as they went. Inspired by S/Sgt. Miller's leadership, the platoon followed, and then another platoon arose and grimly closed with the Germans. The enemy action was smothered, but at the cost of S/Sgt. Miller's life. His tenacious devotion to the attack, his gallant choice to expose himself to enemy action rather than endanger his men, his limitless bravery, assured the success of Company G.







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I would love to see that myself one if these days


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We need one with a cowboy on his knee, or with hand over heart, or salute. I don't know if there are enough words in the English language, to describe how Honorable and reverent that place is for the men buried on the battlefield...

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that has to be a moving experience to see and feel.


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All I can find on the list is this flag

We need one with a cowboy on his knee, or with hand over heart, or salute. I don't know if there are enough words in the English language, to describe how Honorable and reverent that place is for the men buried on the battlefield...

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Boy Howdy! That will get you to thinking.


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They gave all their tomorrows for our todays. The ultimate sacrifice made by both French and Americans that gave their lives to stop tyranny during WWII will not fade away thanks to places like the L.A.C. May we never forget their sacrifice. Great job on the pictures.


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Those were some real Men !!!! I salute them


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