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Within the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in France, which covers 130.5 acres, rest the largest number of our military dead in Europe, a total of 14,246. Most of those buried here lost their lives during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I. The immense array of headstones rises in long regular rows upward beyond a wide central pool to the chapel that crowns the ridge. A beautiful bronze screen separates the chapel foyer from the interior, which is decorated with stained-glass windows portraying American unit insignia; behind the altar are flags of the principal Allied nations.

On either side of the chapel are memorial loggias. One panel of the west loggia contains a map of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Inscribed on the remaining panels of both loggias are Tablets of the Missing with 954 names, including those from the U.S. expedition to northern Russia in 1918-1919. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.

The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except December 25 and January 1. It is open on host country holidays. When the cemetery is open to the public, a staff member is on duty in the visitor building to answer questions and escort relatives to grave and memorial sites.


Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
Roses and distant grave plots
Grave plots
Cemetery entrance gate
Medal of Honor recipient
Grave plot
Fountain Lillie pad
Visitor center
Memorial building walkway
Central mall with visitor center
Memorial chapel interior
Aerial View of Cemetery
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

How to Get There

GPS Coordinates: N49 20.044 E5 05.376

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery is located east of the village of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon (Meuse), France, which is 26 miles northwest of Verdun. It may be reached by car from Paris (152 miles) via toll autoroute A-4, exit 29.1/Clermont en Argonne. Then travel north via Varennes-en-Argonne. Follow the American Cemetery signs to the cemetery.

It may also be reached from Verdun, where hotels are available. If driving from Verdun travel via Consenvoye or Dun-sur-Meuse (26 or 29 miles), and follow the signs for American Cemetery. Rail service from Paris (Gare de l'Est) to Verdun takes about three and a half hours. Taxis are available from there to the cemetery.

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