Somme American Cemetery and Memorial

Bony, France

The 14.3-acre (58,000 m2) Somme American Cemetery and Memorial is a war cemetery established in October 1918 on ground which saw heavy fighting just before and during the Battle of St Quentin Canal. It contains the graves of 1,844 of the United States' military dead from World War I. Most lost their lives in the assault on the Hindenburg Line while serving in American II Corps attached to the British Fourth Army. Others were killed in operations near Cantigny. The headstones, set in regular rows, are separated into four plots by paths that intersect at the flagpole near the top of the slope. The longer axis leads to the chapel at the eastern end of the cemetery.

A massive bronze door surmounted by an American eagle leads into the chapel, whose outer walls contain sculptured pieces of military equipment. Once inside, light from a cross-shaped crystal window above the marble altar bathes the subdued interior with light. The walls bear the names of 333 of the missing. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.



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Bony, France
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Founded: 1918
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in France

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SHUANG QIU (2 years ago)
Too bad the nicest and most professional guard, Guillaume, is not there anymore
eric huffman (3 years ago)
Superbly maintained and somber reminder of the cost of war
John Daly (3 years ago)
Corporal Samuel Young Jr a son of the Bronx, NY is buried there. Our local American Legion Post is named in his honor. When we commemorated the 100 year anniversary of his sacrifice we received a beautiful picture of his grave for the ceremony.
HBO (4 years ago)
Immaculate American WWI-cemetery.
Walhalla Dome (5 years ago)
Very impressive place. Maintained with an absolute care!
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