Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial


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Today I share with you guys, my pictures of the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial. 

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“The cemetery was established on December 29, 1944 by the 609th Quartermaster Company of the U.S. Third Army while Allied Forces were stemming the enemy’s desperate Ardennes Offensive, one of the critical battles of World War II. The city of Luxembourg served as headquarters for Gen. George S. Patton’s U.S. Third Army. Gen. Patton is buried here.”

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Luxembourg American Cemetery is located near the town of Hamm, three miles east of Luxembourg City center.

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5.076 service members are buried here, each represented by a headstone made of Lasa Marble. There are 118 Stars of David, indicating soldiers of Jewish faith. 22 sets of brothers are buried here are Unknown with a cross that states: Here Rests in Honored Glory a Comrade in Arms Known but to God.

Dedicated 1960
Location Luxembourg
Burials 5,076
Missing in Action 371
Acres 50.50

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Luxembourg American Cemetery
50, Val du Scheid
2517 Luxembourg
Luxembourg
tel +352 43 17 27

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Two Medal of Honor Recipients are buried here: Staff Sergeant Day Turner and Private William McGee.

Staff Sergeant Day Turner earned the Medal of Honor during a grueling fight against German soldiers in Luxembourg on January 8, 1945. With his squad of nine men, they successfully repulsed a large enemy attack.

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Private William McGee was a combat medic. He voluntarily walked into a minefield to aid two soldiers who had been wounded. After carrying one man to safety, he returned to rescue the second man and was seriously wounded by a mine. Despite his grave injuries, Pvt. McGee ordered his comrades to stay out of minefield and not risk their lives to rescue him.

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Also buried in this Cemetery 5 soldiers of the easy Company 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment the “Band of Brothers”: Patrick Neill, Warren Muck, John Julian, Kenneth Webb and Alex Penkala.

At the ceiling of the Chapel there is this thoughtful inscription: ” In proud and grateful memory of those men of the armed services of the USA who in this region and in the skies above endured all and gave all that justice among nations might prevail and mankind might enjoy freedom and inherit peace.”

Visiting Hours: The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except December 25 and January 1. It is open on host country holidays.

Website: www.abmc.gov

 

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One thought on “Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

  1. That is a sad but beautiful place. I did not know Patton was buried there. Those days of war seem so long ago but it’s been just a moment in time. I was a bit too young to serve in our military during that was, but I remember much about it – my aunt’s fiancee was killed on DDay. He was on board a ship that was hit. I remember Pearl Harbor, and food and gas rationing and all the fear and sadness among people who had loved ones serving in the military.

    Just south of Ocala there is a National Cemetery which looks similar to this one. It is for veterans of our services. And if I decide to have a burial, that’s where I will be buried. I served in the US Navy right after the Korean War.

    Again, your photographs are superb and bring forth beautifully the majesty of this place!

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