Brittany American Cemetery: Saint-James

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Unlike the cemeteries of the other nationalities, the American cemeteries do close to the public each day. Saint-James is open daily, except on December 25 and January 1. For the exact opening times please check the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) website. Parking is available although not in the same capacity as at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville. The entrance to the museum is located along the D230/D14 east of the town of Saint-James in the direction of Saint-Georges-de-Reintembault.

The Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial covers 28 acres of rolling farm country near the eastern edge of Brittany (although still within the Manche department of Normandy) and contains the remains of 4,410 American war dead, most of whom lost their lives in the Normandy and Brittany Campaigns of 1944. Along the retaining wall of the memorial terrace are inscribed the names of 498 of the missing. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.

The grey granite memorial, containing the chapel as well as two large operations maps with military flags overlooks the burial area. A stained glass window and sculpture embellish the structure. The lookout platform of the tower, reached by 98 steps, affords a view of the headstones, as well as of the peaceful surrounding countryside stretching northward to the sea and Mont St. Michel, France. The cemetery is located on the site of the temporary American St. James Cemetery, established on 4th August, 1944 by the US Third Army. It marks the point where the American forces made their breakthrough from the hedgerow country of Normandy into the plains of Brittany during the offensive around Avranches.

Among the buried are two Medal of Honour recipients. Staff Sergeant Sherwood H. Hallman's citation reads Unassisted Hallman killed or wounded four of the enemy and ordered the remainder to surrender. Immediately twelve of the enemy surrendered and the position was shortly secured by the remainder of his Company." Private 1st Class Ernest W. Prussman received the Medal for 'his superb leadership and heroic action at the cost of his life so demoralized the enemy that resistance at this point collapsed permitting the two battalions to continue their advance.'

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Contact Details:

  • Cimetière Américain
  • Bel Orient
  • 50240 Saint-James

  • N 48° 31.189   W 0° 18.163

  • +33 2 33 89 24 90

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