Oise-Aisne American Cemetery

This World War I cemetery in France contains the graves of more than 6,000 war dead and nearly 250 names on the Walls of the Missing, most of whom lost their lives while fighting in this vicinity in 1918 during World War I.

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NARRATOR: Oise-Aisne American Cemetery is located 70 miles east of Paris. It is the second largest American World War I military cemetery in Europe. Many of the more than 6,000 Americans buried here lost their lives in the defense of the French capital. This began as a temporary cemetery in the summer of 1918 during the French-American counteroffensive in the Aisne-Marne region. The Romanesque memorial is shaped like an amphitheater with walls of pink sandstone. At its center is a large rectangular altar made of polished marble. Above the altar, an American doughboy stands at attention. The memorial also contains a map room and a small chapel. Engraved on its walls are the names of the missing. Bordering the malls are Oriental plane trees and beds of roses. Among the graves are the remains of Sergeant Joyce Kilmer, a noted American poet remembered for his poem, Trees. He was killed by a German sniper only 800 yards from the cemetery.