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  • 5th US Engineer Special Brigade Monument
    5th US Engineer Special Brigade Monument
    by vichatherly
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by vichatherly
  • 5th US Engineer Special Brigade Monument
    5th US Engineer Special Brigade Monument
    by vichatherly

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  • Normandy American Cemetery - Medal Of...

    Medal of Honor recipients, whose graves are in the American Cemetery at St Laurent.Their headstones are lettered in gold.Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt* (Plot D, Row 28, Grave 45)Citation: for gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, in France. After 2 verbal requests to accompany the...

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  • Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

    I've been here a couple of times now. On my first visit, we spent an hour in the late afternoon walking around this peaceful place. As with all of the cemeteries in the Normandy D-Day landings area, the place is immaculate.On my most recent visit, we went first thing in the morning. This gave us ample time to walk around and seek out the graves of...

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  • Get to know the people there

    As an American with a Dad who fought in France, we were welcomed with open arms. The museum at Omaha Beach is a must see and the nearby American Cemetery has a new Educational Center where you learn intimately about the courage, strength and commitment of the soldiers that fought as young men in WWII in Normandy. Check out...

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  • Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

    The first World War II American Cemetery in France was initially established near this site on June 7, 1944, just the second day of the Normandy invasion. After the War ended, several permanent cemeteries were established in Europe for America's lost soldiers. The Normandy American Cemetery is one such location. This cemetery marks the final...

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  • Omaha Beach

    Omaha Beach, near St. Laurent, was the site of the fiercest fighting on D-Day, 6 June 1944. US 1st and 29th Divisions landed here on the initial day of the operation with many more troops to follow in the coming weeks and months. This beach is markedly different from Silver, Juno, and Gold, as it has a steep hillside just a hundred meters from the...

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  • German Defenses

    From the top of the hill above the beach, you have a great view of the German defenses designed to stop the Allied attack. These defenses are amazing -- how could a single person involved in the attack ever think they could overtake these massive stone fortresses designed to kill? How did these brave men ever make it off the beach against such...

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  • Remember

    Private Werlie Gleason of California was killed on July 25, 1944. This past Christmas, 59 years later, someone left him a wreath decorated with Christmas ornaments and an American flag.

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  • The Cemetery

    The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm except December 25 and January 1. It is open on host country holidays. When the cemetery is open to the public, a staff member is on duty in the Visitors’ Building to answer questions and escort relatives to grave and memorial sites.

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  • War souvenirs on the beach

    Along Omaha Beach, near Saint-Laurent, you see this monument, called "Monument Signal": it is a monument to the American soldiers died during the landing on Normandie, started June 6 1944. The second picture shows a gun (or is it a howitzer?) used during World War II.

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  • Walking through the Omaha Beach Memorial

    Take your time and show your respect for those who died here protecting Europe. The round wall next to at the memorial has the names of those who died at the landing.

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  • Musee Omaha - 6 Juin 1944

    This museum features some vehicles from the Normandy invasion in 1944 as well as many items found at the beaches, uniforms, etc. The museum is not bad, although I wish that it would focus more on the historic events and background instead of the items. Anyway, perhaps the "Musee du debarquement" in Arromanches is a better choice.If you have some...

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  • OMAHA BEACH MUSEUM

    Features weapons and equipment that was found in the ocean and on the beach .Provided a great glimpse into history

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  • So Many Men Lost

    The front center cross marks the grave of George O. Spoerl from New Jersey. My mind was overwhelmed, as I tried to imagine the individual story of each young man. Then the mind starts to take in the scope, the number of lives, the connections cut from parents, wives, children.Our American friend Sue told us the story of visiting this cemetery with...

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  • Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan is a fictional movie about a platoon in Normandy that lands on the beach during the D-Day invasions, then is sent on a mission to find a Private Ryan whose brothers have been killed. This is based on the true story of Fritz Niland who had two brothers killed and another missing during World War II. Niland was found by an Army...

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  • Viewing the Dead

    As you stand at the memorial, you look out across the graveyard, and the scope of the casualty of war hits you hard. Each cross or Star of David, a man.At the far end of the reflecting pool, you can see a memorial chapel in the distance.

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  • In Memory

    As you enter the cemetery, approaching the beach, you will see the memorial and its reflecting pool. The memorial houses a 22-foot high bronze sculpture, maps of the invasion, and bronze urns.

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  • Marking the Assault

    At the overlook point, this "orientation table" maps out the amphibious assault at Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword Beaches. Directly beyond the table you can see Omaha Beach, which proved to be particularly difficult and lethal. The US 1st and 29th Divisions met intense resistance and challenge, from the Germans and from the terrain.There are so...

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  • Overlooking History

    As you first enter the cemetery, take this walkway to the beach. Here you will overlook Omaha Beach, where one of the bloodiest battles raged during the amphibious assault.

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  • Gold Star

    Three of the graves in the cemetery are marked with a gold star, and the engraving is highlighted in gold. It is not, as in this case, because the individual came from a famous family, but rather to indicate that the person was awarded a Medal of Honor.Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. served in the US Army during WW I and WW II. He died of...

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  • American War Cemetery

    I was fortunate enough to visit Normandy a few years ago (2001) and a group of us lads decided to call in at the American War Cemetery to pay our respects to those that had gone before us. Little did we know how much of an afect the visit would prove. It was a truly emotional rollercoster of a day and one I don't think any of us will forget in our...

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  • Omaha Beach

    The cemetery overlooks the Omaha Beach. Along this coast fierce batlle dominated the first days of the invasion...

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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer Off The Beaten Path

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    by vichatherly Updated Aug 20, 2013

    If you take a walk down to Omaha Beach from the American Cemetery and take a look up to the right you'll spot this monument.

    It's a monument to the 5th US Engineer Special Brigade who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. Many of them did not survive the day. The Engineers were awarded the Croix de Guerre for their achievements on Omaha beach and you can see the emblem of the award on the back of the concrete monument.

    From this spot, on a clear day, you get a great view of the whole sweep of Omaha Beach.

    The monument is on yhe top of a defensive bunker, which has a plaque to the 31st Canadian minesweeping flotilla.

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