The Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial in France contains the remains of 6,012 American war dead, most of whom lost their lives while fighting in this vicinity in 1918 during World War I. Their headstones, aligned in long rows on the 36.5-acre site, rise in a gentle slope from the entrance to the memorial at the far end. The burial area is divided into four plots by wide paths lined by trees and beds of roses; at the intersection are a circular plaza and the flagpole.
The memorial is a curving colonnade, flanked at the ends by a chapel and a map room. It is built of rose-colored sandstone with white trim bearing sculptured details of wartime equipment. The chapel contains an altar of carved stone. Engraved upon its Walls of the Missing are 241 names. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. The map room contains an engraved and colored wall map portraying the military operations in this region during 1918.
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.
Oise-Aisne American Cemetery lies one and a half kilometers east of Fère-en-Tardenois, France, which is 14 miles northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France. It may be reached by automobile from Paris via toll autoroute A-4. Take the Chateau-Thierry exit, turn left onto highway D-1, and continue to Fère-en-Tardenois (12 miles). From Germany, take the A-4 to exit 21 (Fère-en-Tardenois/Dormans). Then travel on D801 to D2 in the direction of Fère-en Tardenois. Hotels are available in Fère-en-Tardenois, Chateau-Thierry, Reims (27 miles) and Soissons (18 miles), France. There is rail service to each of these cities, where taxicabs are available.