Sicily-Rome American Cemetery

This World War II cemetery in Italy contains the graves of more than 7,800 war dead and nearly 3,100 names on the Walls of the Missing.

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The Sicily-Rome American Cemetery lies in Nettuno, 38 miles south of Rome, near the renowned Anzio beachhead.
This World War II burial ground rises in a gentle slope from a broad pool with an island, among groups of Italian cypress trees.
Nearly 7900 American servicemembers and civilians are buried here.
Most died in Sicily during the landings on the Italian Peninsula and in heavy combat as the Allies pushed north.
While serving as an Army nurse at an evacuation hospital,
Second Lieutenant Ellen Ainsworth lost her life from wounds received during an artillery attack.
A visitor center in the cemetery tells the story of the American Armed Forces in Italy – campaigns crucial to the Allied victory.
The classically inspired memorial is constructed of travertine and marble.
On the east façade, a relief carving depicts a fallen soldier being carried by his guardian angel.
A bronze statue called “Brothers in Arms” stands within the memorial, representing the strong bonds forged between the U.S. Army and Navy during these arduous battles.
The white marble walls of the chapel are engraved with the names of over 3,000 of the missing.
An intricate sculpture in the ceiling depicts the planets where they were at the time of the Anzio landings.
The many rows of headstones, arranged in gentle arcs beneath rows of Roman pines, create a scene of eternal tranquility – and inspire remembrance of those who lost their lives.