Utah Beach American Memorial

Overview

The World War II Utah Beach American Memorial commemorates the achievements of U.S. VII Corps forces that landed and fought in the liberation of the Cotentin Peninsula from June 6, 1944 to July 1, 1944.

The monument is a red granite obelisk set in a small park overlooking sand dunes of the historic site.

VII Corps units landed by air and sea to pursue three missions: expand the Allied beachhead, seal off the Cotentin Peninsula, and thrust northward to liberate Cherbourg. The Utah Beach terrain differed from other invasion beaches. Its dunes were relatively shallow, followed inland by expanses of flooded and marshy terrain crossed by narrow causeways.

German defenses included multiple obstacles along the beaches, plus infantry and artillery capable of blocking exits inland. The Germans also reinforced their units throughout the Cotentin Peninsula and enhanced fortifications around Cherbourg.

June 1-5, 1944: Medium and heavy bombers of the U.S. Eighth and Ninth Air Forces attacked German positions.

June 6, pre-dawn hours: Troopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions landed by parachutes and gliders near Ste.-Mère-Église and Carentan.

June 6, 6:30 a.m.: H-Hour. Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division began storming the beach, carried by Navy and Coast Guard vessels. The 1st Engineer Special Brigade and 2nd Naval Beach Battalion landed to clear the beaches for reinforcements.

June 6, 9:30 a.m.: The 82nd Airborne Division completed clearing Ste.-Mère-Église, the first town liberated in France.

June 6-June 14: Reinforcements such as the 9th, 79th, and 90th Infantry Divisions arrived.

June 14: The 101st Airborne Division finished liberating Carentan. Also, VII Corps forces met units pushing westward from Omaha Beach, thus completing the connection of the Normandy beachheads.

June 17-18: VII Corps units reached the Cotentin Peninsula’s western coast, trapping German forces on the peninsula.

June 20: U.S. forces (the 4th 9th, and 79th Infantry Divisions) began attacking Cherbourg’s outer defenses.

June 27: The Germans surrendered Cherbourg.

The Utah Beach Monument is located at the seaward end of Highway D 913, about 3.6 miles northeast of Ste. Marie-du-Mont.

Dedicated:
Location: France
Burials:
Missing in Action:
Acres:
Browse photos, videos, interactive websites and apps dedicated to memorializing those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces overseas. Their service, achievements, and sacrifice are illuminated — dive in to learn more.

Cemetery Information

Visiting Hours

Utah Beach Monument is located outside at the termination of highway N-13D.

Contact Us

Utah Beach Monument
Utah Beach
France

Directions

GPS Coordinates: 49° 24' 56" N , 1° 10' 33" W

The Utah Beach American Monument is located at the seaward end of Highway N-13D, about 3.6 miles northeast of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont.

News & Events

Download this infographic to see where ABMC sites are located throughout the world.

Experience the history of World War II through a new interactive timeline. View maps, watch videos, see photos and read about the events that shaped the war.

More than 500,000 Americans lost their lives in World War I and World War II defending democracy on soil and water far from the United States. The sacrifice of these men and women will be honored during ceremonies at America’s military cemeteries overseas, where more than 200,000 of these individuals are buried and memorialized.

Memorial Day–the federal holiday in which we honor our veterans and remember those who died while in the armed services–originated in the aftermath of the Civil War.