Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avold,
For a view of this cemetery's site click HERE and you may also go to this website to find the grave of any American soldier who was killed in the wars our nation has fought.
The World War II Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial is located three quarters a mile north of the town of St. Avold (Moselle), France on Highway N-33. St. Avold, which is twenty eight miles east of Metz and seventeen miles southwest of Saarbrucken.
The cemetery, one hundred and thirteen acres in extent, contains 10,489 American Military Dead, the largest number in our military cemeteries of World War II Dead in Europe. Most of the Dead here were killed in driving the German forces from the fortress city of Metz toward the Siegfried Line and the Rhine River. Initially, there were over 16,000 Americans interred in the St. Avold region, mostly from the U.S. Seventh Army's Infantry and Armored Divisions and its Cavalry Groups. My father was in the 7th Army, 15th Infantry, 3rd Division, Company M. He was a machine gunner and was killed on April 12, 1945 in a village in Germany near Schweinfurt. He was first buried in a temporary grave in Germany and then after the war he and the bodies of 10,488 other men were buried here in France.
It was my honor to visit this grave once in my life time on the 50th anniversary of my father's death. My wife Margie made the suggestion that we place on his grave a dozen red roses and a few more besides representing others in our family - to remember the day when I was born and he had pre- arranged to have a dozen red roses delivered to my mother and I on July 8th, 1945. The extra roses were placed to signify the honor his my two sons, Matthew and Karl and their families and my wife Margie.