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Cantigny in Somme Département, Picardie, France
 

28th Infantry Regiment Monument

Cantigny

 
 
28th Infantry Regiment Monument Marker - English Side image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 26, 2015
1. 28th Infantry Regiment Monument Marker - English Side
Inscription. On the morning of May 28th, 1918, the 28th Infantry Regiment, U.S. First Division, American Expeditionary Force, commanded by Colonel Hanson E. Ely, conducted the first major American offensive of World War I here at Cantigny. The rest of the First Division, French aircraft, artillery, tanks and flamethrowers, supported the attack. The seizure and defense of Cantigny against determined German opposition proved the worth of the American soldier and bolstered Allied morale at a critical time. Almost 900 members of the regiment were killed or wounded during the four-day battle. The regiment earned the French Croix de Guerre with palm and designation of "The Lions of Cantigny." The regiment's crest bears a lion derived from the coat of arms of Picardy.
 
Erected 2007 by 28th Infantry Regiment Association, McCormick Tribune Foundation, Cantigny First Division Association, Village of Cantigny.
 
Location. 49° 39.78′ N, 2° 29.523′ E. Marker is in Cantigny, Picardie, in Somme Département. Marker is on Rue Saint Aignan (Route D26). Touch for map. Located in Cantigny adjacent to the Cantigny American Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Cantigny, Picardie 80500, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within
28th Infantry Regiment Monument Marker - French Side image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 26, 2015
2. 28th Infantry Regiment Monument Marker - French Side
(Transcription not provided due to poor legibility. Click on photo to enlarge.)
walking distance of this marker. McCormick's Cantigny Artillery Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Cantigny American Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); First U.S. Division (approx. 0.8 kilometers away).
 
Regarding 28th Infantry Regiment Monument. The opposite side presents the French translation.
 
Also see . . .  Our History. The 28th Infantry Regiment Association provides its history. On Cantigny and beyond: The Regiment distinguished itself by conducting the first offensive operation by US troops in WWI at Cantigny, where, in a viciously fought three-day battle, the 28th Infantry captured the town of Cantigny and then withstood five determined German counterattacks. Here the‚ Lions of Cantigny‚ were born and the prestige of the American fighting man was upheld before the world. The Regiment also fought in the battles of Soissons, the Argonne and Sedan. It suffered more than 5000 casualties in this war. Three of its members were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their heroism: SGT Michael B. Ellis of Co B, PVT Sterling Morelock of Co M and 2LT Samuel I. Parker of Co K. (Submitted on July 23, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War, World I
 
28th Infantry Regiment Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 26, 2015
3. 28th Infantry Regiment Monument Marker
28th Infantry Regiment Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 26, 2015
4. 28th Infantry Regiment Monument Marker
Cantigny in Area of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 26, 2015
5. Cantigny in Area of Monument
Fields of Cantigny image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 26, 2015
6. Fields of Cantigny
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 199 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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