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The American Memorial is sited on a hill (Hill 204) to the west of Chateau-Thierry.
Close by, the Aisne/Marne Cemetry and the Belleau Wood are significant sites for visitors with a First World War interest, especially American. The insertion of American Troops into the line here resulted in turning the last German Offensive of WWI into a defeat during the 2nd Battle of the Marne.
Other Sites in the area include the US Memorial Chapel at Chateau Thierry and Mezy to the east where the 3rd Div won the reputation of being the "Rock of the Marne" [No monument] It is where 3rd Division turned back the Germans. The 3rd Div. Monument is in ChT.
Updated Oct 12, 2008
This was the site of a gruesome and eye-opening introduction to the cruelty of war to those americans who fought here. Today it is a quiet place for locals to visit for a Sunday picnic. You don't want to go too far into the woods though since some of the ordinance has not exploded. We saw old cannons, old foxholes from 90 years ago still scattered in the open woods. There are trails to take to spots of conflict for those who know the stories. You need to come prepared though because there is little information here.
Updated Mar 5, 2008
We were glad we stopped at this memorial. It is huge. It was built in such hope that the war that caused so much death would never come again. We were on mostly a WWII trip, but since my great Uncle and Grandfather fought in WWI we took the time to visit some of those sites as well. Chateau Thierry was the first true American engagement in a war they had tried to avoid. It is a beautiful location overlooking the valley and the town where they fought. Sometimes in the US it is easy to forget those who went over there to fight. Standing on the hill reading the "glorious" words, you know it should never be forgotten.
Written Mar 5, 2008
Just down the hill from the Belleau Woods, and not far from Chateau Thierry one can find a quiet, well kept spot for the final resting place of soldiers who died in the cause of freedom far from home. They were among the first Americans ever to die on foreign soil. The chapel and grounds are a respectful reminder of their sacrifice and our loss. We were there at noon when the bell tower produced songs in tribute.
Written Mar 5, 2008