Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France


Latitude: 48.51907, Longitude: -1.30250 | Click to get directions to Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial
Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial

It contains the remains of 4,410 of World War II American soldiers, 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 soldiers who have been found.

The Brittany American Cemetery, 28 acres (11 ha) in extent, lies among the hedgerows in rolling farm country in Normandy near the border with Brittany in France. It is one of fourteen permanent American World War II military cemetery memorials erected by the American Battle Monuments Commission on foreign soil.

The site was liberated on 2 August 1944 by the 8th Infantry Division; a temporary military cemetery was established on it three days later. After the war, when the temporary cemeteries were being disestablished by the American Graves Registration Service, the remains of American military dead whose next of kin had requested interment on foreign soil were moved from the temporary cemeteries to one of the permanent cemetery sites, usually the one closest to the temporary location.

The 4,410 American military dead buried in the Brittany American Cemetery lost their lives in the area of northwestern France extending from the beachhead westward to Brest and eastward to the Seine and represent 43 percent of the burials originally made in the region. They were interred there by the American Graves Registration Service in the distinctive grave patterns proposed by the cemetery's architect and approved by this Commission. Most of them died in the fighting in and around Saint-Lô.


 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
PFC Donald E. Noyce military marker
PFC Donald E. Noyce military marker

PFC 112 INF 28 DIV

Located  1. Latitude: 48.51907, Longitude: -1.30250  NOYCE Donald E. (d. 9 Aug 1944)