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Colleville-sur-Mer in Manche Département, Basse-Normandie, France — Lower Normandy (Atlantic Coast)
 

General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Supreme Allied Commander

 

—Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial —

 
General Dwight D. Eisenhower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 28, 2008
1. General Dwight D. Eisenhower Marker
Inscription. The eyes of the world are upon you... I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle.
 
Location. 49° 21.557′ N, 0° 51.197′ W. Marker is in Colleville-sur-Mer, Basse-Normandie, in Manche Département. Marker is on Moulins. Click for map. The above is inscribed on the exterior wall of the Visitor Center at the Normandy American Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Colleville-sur-Mer, Basse-Normandie 14710, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Omaha la Sanglante - Bloody Omaha (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); Omaha Beach, haut lieu du Débarquement du 6 juin 1944 (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); a different marker also named Omaha Beach (approx. 2.3 kilometers away); Les Braves - To Those Brave Men (approx. 2.3 kilometers away); Remember Omaha (approx. 2.3 kilometers away); Operation Aquatint (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); Le sacrifice des soldats américains sur la plage de Vierville (approx. 4.2 kilometers away); 29th Infantry Division at Vierville-sur-Mer (approx. 4.2 kilometers away).
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Entrance to Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 28, 2008
2. Entrance to Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
La statue monumentale- image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 28, 2008
3. La statue monumentale-
This statue is in the plaza of Normandy American Cemetery
Jimmie W. Monteith Jr grave marker-Killed in Action image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 28, 2008
4. Jimmie W. Monteith Jr grave marker-Killed in Action
He is buried in Normandy American Cemetery, Section I, Row 20, Grave 12. His Medal of Honor information and citation is:*MONTEITH, JIMMIE W., JR. • Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division • Place and date: Near Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944 • Entered service at: Richmond, Va. • G.O. No.: 20, 29 March 1945 Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, near Colleville-sur-Mer, France. 1st Lt. Monteith landed with the initial assault waves on the coast of France under heavy enemy fire. Without regard to his own personal safety he continually moved up and down the beach reorganizing men for further assault. He then led the assault over a narrow protective ledge and across the flat, exposed terrain to the comparative safety of a cliff. Retracing his steps across the field to the beach, he moved over to where 2 tanks were buttoned up and blind under violent enemy artillery and machinegun fire. Completely exposed to the intense fire, 1st Lt. Monteith led the tanks on foot through a minefield and into firing positions. Under his direction several enemy positions were destroyed. He then rejoined his company and under his leadership his men captured an advantageous position on the hill. Supervising the defense of his newly won position against repeated vicious counterattacks, he continued to ignore his own personal safety, repeatedly crossing the 200 or 300 yards of open terrain under heavy fire to strengthen links in his defensive chain. When the enemy succeeded in completely surrounding 1st Lt. Monteith and his unit and while leading the fight out of the situation, 1st Lt. Monteith was killed by enemy fire. The courage, gallantry, and intrepid leadership displayed by 1st Lt. Monteith is worthy of emulation.
Frank D. Peregory grave marker-Killed in Action image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 28, 2008
5. Frank D. Peregory grave marker-Killed in Action
He is buried in Normandy American Cemetery, Section G, Row 21, Grave 7. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: *PEREGORY, FRANK D. • Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company K 116th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division • Place and date: Grandcampe France, 8 June 1944 • Entered service at: Charlottesville, Va. • G.O. No.: 43, 30 May 1945 Citation: On 8 June 1944, the 3d Battalion of the 116th Infantry was advancing on the strongly held German defenses at Grandcampe, France, when the leading elements were suddenly halted by decimating machinegun fire from a firmly entrenched enemy force on the high ground overlooking the town. After numerous attempts to neutralize the enemy position by supporting artillery and tank fire had proved ineffective, T/Sgt. Peregory, on his own initiative, advanced up the hill under withering fire, and worked his way to the crest where he discovered an entrenchment leading to the main enemy fortifications 200 yards away. Without hesitating, he leaped into the trench and moved toward the emplacement. Encountering a squad of enemy riflemen, he fearlessly attacked them with handgrenades and bayonet, killed 8 and forced 3 to surrender. Continuing along the trench, he single-handedly forced the surrender of 32 more riflemen, captured the machine gunners, and opened the way for the leading elements of the battalion to advance and secure its objective. The extraordinary gallantry and aggressiveness displayed by T/Sgt. Peregory are exemplary of the highest tradition of the armed forces.
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. grave marker-Killed in Action image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 28, 2008
6. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. grave marker-Killed in Action
He is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery is in Section D, Row 28, Grave 45. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: *ROOSEVELT, THEODORE, JR. • Rank and organization: brigadier general, U.S. Army • Place and date: Normandy invasion, 6 June 1944 • Entered service at: Oyster Bay, N.Y. • G.O. No.: 77, 28 September 1944 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 leading assault elements in the Normandy invasion had been denied, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt's written request for this mission was approved and he landed with the first wave of the forces assaulting the enemy-held beaches. He repeatedly led groups from the beach, over the seawall and established them inland. His valor, courage, and presence in the very front of the attack and his complete unconcern at being under heavy fire inspired the troops to heights of enthusiasm and self-sacrifice. Although the enemy had the beach under constant direct fire, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt moved from one locality to another, rallying men around him, directed and personally led them against the enemy. Under his seasoned, precise, calm, and unfaltering leadership, assault troops reduced beach strong points and rapidly moved inland with minimum casualties. He thus contributed substantially to the successful establishment of the beachhead in France.
 
 
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