The World War I Audenarde American Monument is located in the town of Oudenaarde (Audenarde), Belgium, 18 miles south of
Gent (Gand), 45 miles west of Brussels and 183 miles north of Paris, France.
The monument of golden-yellow limestone,
bearing the shield of the United States flanked by two stone eagles, stands at the end of a small park maintained by the Commission.
It commemorates the service and sacrifice of the 40,000 American troops who, in October and November 1918, fought in
the vicinity as units attached to the Group of Armies commanded by the King of Belgians. Some are buried in Flanders
Field American Cemetery at Waregem, Belgium, 10 miles to the west.
Belleau Wood Monument
Belleau Wood is located on the high ground to the rear of the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial south of the village
of Belleau (Aisne), France. It contains many of the vestiges of World War I. In the center of the road leading
through the woods is a flagpole and a monument commemorating the valor of the United States Marines who captured this area
The Bellicourt American Monument is nine miles north of St. Quentin (Aisne), France on the highway to Cambrai and one mile
north of the village of Bellicourt. It is 97 miles north of Paris and three miles from the Somme American Cemetery.
Erected above a canal tunnel built by Napoleon I, it commemorates the achievements and sacrifices of the 90,000 American
troops who served in battle with the British Armies in France during 1917 and 1918.
The tunnel was one of the main defense features of the Hindenburg Line which was broken by the American troops in a brilliant
offensive in September 1918. Engraved on the rear facade of the memorial is a map illustrating the American operations;
on the terrace is an orientation table.
The Cabanatuan American Memorial was erected by the survivors of the Bataan Death March and the prisoner of war camp at
Cabanatuan in the Philippines during World War II. It is located at the site of the camp and honors those Americans
and Filipinos who died during their internment. The American Battle Monuments Commission, recognizing the significance of
this memorial, accepted responsibility for its operation and maintenance in 1989.
The World War I Cantigny American Monument is located in the village of Cantigny (Somme), France, about four miles northwest
of Montdidier on route D-26 from Montdidier to Ailly-sur-Noye. It is about 66 miles north of Paris via Chantilly or Senlis.
This battlefield monument commemorates the first offensive operation by a large American unit in May 1918. It stands
in the center of a village which was captured during that attack. The village was completely destroyed by artillery fire.
The monument consists of a white stone shaft on a platform surrounded by an attractive park, developed and maintained by the
Commission. The quiet surroundings now give no hint of the bitter hand to hand fighting which took place nearby many years
The World War I Chateau-Thierry American Monument is located on a hill two miles west of Chateau-Thierry, France.
It commands a wide view of the valley of the Marne River. It is about 54 miles east of Paris, four and a half miles
southeast of our Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial and 17 miles southwest of our Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and
Memorial. It commemorates the achievements of the American forces that fought in this region in World War I. At
the nearby cemeteries rest those Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country. Two stone pylons mark
the entrance from Highway N-3 running from Paris to Chateau-Thierry.
The monument consists of an impressive double
colonnade rising above a long terrace. On its west facade are heroic sculptured figures representing the United States
and France. On its east facade is a map showing American military operations in this region and an orientation table
pointing out the significant battle sites.
The World War I Chaumont Marker is a bronze plaque located at the entrance to Damremont Barracks, Chaumont, France.
It signifies the location of the General Headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces of World War I commanded by General
John J. Pershing. Its inscription in French and English reads as follows:
AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES
IN EUROPE DURING THE WORLD WAR
OF THE CASERNE DAMREMONT
FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1917 TO JULY 11, 1919
AND FROM HERE
DIRECTED THE ACTIVITIES
OF MORE THAN
TWO MILLION AMERICAN SOLDIERS.
East Coast Memorial
The World War II East Coast Memorial is located in Battery Park in New York City at the southern end of Manhattan Island.
It is about 150 yards from the South Ferry subway station on the IRT Lines and overlooks the Statue of Liberty in New York
Harbor. It stands just south of historic Fort Clinton on a site furnished by the Department of Parks of the City of
This memorial commemorates those soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guardsmen, merchant marines and airmen
who met their deaths in the service of their country in the western waters of the Atlantic Ocean during World War II.
Its axis is oriented on the Statue of Liberty. On each side of the axis are four gray granite pylons upon which are
inscribed the name, rank, organization and state of each of the 4,609 missing in the waters of the Atlantic.
The World War II Guadalcanal American Memorial is located on Skyline Drive overlooking the town of Honiara, Guadalcanal,
Solomon Islands. It was built through the joint efforts of the American Battle Monuments Commission and the Guadalcanal-Solomon
Islands Memorial Commission.
It honors those Americans and its Allies who lost their lives during the Guadalcanal Campaign of World War
II (August 7, 1942 to February 9, 1943). The memorial consists of a four-foot square, 24-foot tall pylon on which is inscribed:
THIS MEMORIAL HAS BEEN ERECTED BY THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
IN HUMBLE TRIBUTE TO ITS SONS AND ITS ALLIES
PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
FOR THE LIBERATION OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS
1942 - 1943
There are four directional walls pointing to the four major battle areas. Inscribed on these walls are a description
of the battles and a listing of the U.S. and Allied ships that were lost.
The Honolulu Memorial is located within the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in an extinct volcano near the center
of the city at 2177 Puowaina Drive.
On either side of the grand stairs leading to the memorial are eight courts of
the missing on which are inscribed the names of the 18,096 American World War II missing from the Pacific, excluding those
from the southwest Pacific, and 8,200 American missing from the Korean War. Two half courts have been added at the foot of
the staircase that contain the names of 2,504 Americans missing from the Vietnam War. At the top of the stairs is a
chapel flanked by galleries containing mosaic maps and descriptions of the achievements of the American armed forces in the
Central and South Pacific regions and in Korea.
The World War I Kemmel American Monument is six miles south of Ieper (Ypres), Belgium, near Vierstraat on the Kemmelberg
(Mont Kemmel) Road overlooking the bitterly contested Ypres battlefield. Ieper is 54 miles south of Ostend (Oostende),
76 miles west of Brussels and 165 north of Paris, France. It is accessible by train.
This small monument on
a low platform consists of a rectangular white stone block, in front of which is carved a soldier's helmet upon a wreath.
It commemorates the services and sacrifices of the American troops who, in the late summer of 1918, fought nearby in
units attached to the British Army. Some are buried in Flanders Field American Cemetery at Waregem, 10 miles to the
The World War I Montfaucon American Monument is located seven miles south of the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial
and 20 miles northwest of Verdun. It consists of a massive granite Doric column, surmounted by a statue symbolic of
Liberty, which towers more than 200 feet above the war ruins of the former village. It commemorates the American victory
during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during the period September 26, 1918 to November 11, 1918, when the American First Army
forced the enemy to conduct a general retreat on this front.
On the walls of the foyer are an engraved map of the
operations with a narrative and a special tribute to the American troops who served here. The observation platform on
top of the memorial is reached by 234 steps and affords magnificent views of this battlefield.
The World War I Montsec American Monument is located on the isolated hill of Montsec (Thiaucourt), France 12 miles southeast
of our St. Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial and 10 miles east of the town of St. Mihiel. The entrance to the memorial's
access road is immediately west of the center of Montsec Village.
This majestic monument, commemorating the achievements
of the American soldiers who fought in this region in 1917 and 1918, dominates the landscape for miles around. It consists
of a classic circular colonnade with a broad approach stairway. Within its center is a bronze relief map of the St.
Mihiel salient, illustrating the military operations that took place there. The monument was slightly damaged during
World War II, but has been repaired. From this vantage point the trenches used during the fighting can be seen.
Naval Brest Monument
The World War I Naval Monument at Brest, France stands on the ramparts of the city overlooking the harbor which was a major
base of operations for American naval vessels during the war. The original monument built on this site to commemorate
the achievements of the United States Navy during World War I, was destroyed by the Germans on July 4, 1941, prior to the
United States entry into World War II. The present structure is a replica of the original and was completed in 1958.
The monument is a rectangular rose colored granite shaft rising 145 feet above the lower terrace and 100 feet above
the Cours d'Ajot. It sits upon a German bunker complex at the approximate site of the original monument. All
four sides of the monument are decorated with sculpture of naval interest. The surrounding area has been developed
by the Commission into an attractive park.
Naval Gibraltar Monument
The World War I Naval Monument at Gibraltar is located at the Straits of Gibraltar, the gateway to the Mediterranean Sea.
It is a masonry archway which leads to a British Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery. Over the arch are
two bronze seals of the United States and the Department of the Navy. This monument, constructed of the stone from
the neighboring "Rock," commemorates the achievements of the United States Navy in the nearby waters and its comradeship with
the British Royal Navy during World War I.
From this monument, located in the midst of its historic surroundings,
there is a flight of steps which connects the British naval establishments below with the cemetery and the picturesque town
above. Gibraltar is a port of call for many ships. A visit to the monument requires about half an hour from your
arrival at Gibraltar.
Pointe du Hoc Monument
The World War II Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument is located on a cliff eight miles west of Normandy American Cemetery and
Memorial, which overlooks Omaha Beach. It was erected by the French to honor elements of the American Second Ranger
Battalion under the command of Lieutenant Colonel James E. Rudder. During the American assault of Omaha Beach on June
6, 1944, these elements scaled the 100-foot cliff and seized the German artillery pieces that could have fired on the American
landing troops at Omaha Beach. At a high cost of life, they successfully defended against determined German counterattacks.
The monument consists of a simple granite pylon positioned atop a German concrete bunker with tablets at its base
inscribed in French and English. The monument was formally transferred to the American Battle Monuments Commission for
perpetual care and maintenance on January 11, 1979. This battle-scarred area on the left flank of Omaha Beach remains
much as the Rangers left it.
There is a bronze tablet located in the United States Chancellery in Papua, New Guinea paying homage to the sacrifice and
achievements of the American Armed Forces in the Southwest Pacific region. Its inscription reads as follows:
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
HONORS THE COURAGE AND SACRIFICE OF THE AMERICAN
FIGHTING UNITS WHO WITH OUR AUSTRALIAN
NEW ZEALAND ALLIES JOINED IN COMBAT
AGAINST A DETERMINED FOE HALF A CENTURY AGO.
PAPUAN AND NEW GUINEAN SERVICE UNITS,
ROYAL PAPUAN CONSTABULARY,
SCOUTS WAR-CARRIERS STOOD BRAVELY WITH THE ALLIES
TO STEM THE TIDE OF MILITARISM IN THE PACIFIC.
BONDS OF FRIENDSHIP FORGED HERE DURING WORLD WAR II
ENDURE TO THIS DAY.
THIS MONUMENT IS DEDICATED IN HUMBLE TRIBUTE
THE LEGACY OF FREEDOM SECURED FOR GENERATIONS
YET TO COME BY THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR THE ALLIED CAUSE.
NOVEMBER 6, 1992, THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE ARRIVAL OF GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR'S SOUTHWEST
PACIFIC AREA COMMAND
IN PORT MORESBY.
The World War II Saipan American Memorial is located near the beach overlooking Tanapag Harbor on the Island of Saipan,
Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands. It is a part of the American Memorial Park commemorating the Americans and
Chamorro who died during the liberation of the Mariana Islands during World War II. Specifically, the memorial honors the
24,000 American marines and soldiers who died recapturing the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Guam during the period June 15,
1944 to August 11, 1944.
THIS MEMORIAL HAS BEEN ERECTED BY
The memorial consists of a 12-foot rectangular obelisk of rose granite in a landscaped area of
local flora and a 20-foot tower to the north enclosing a carillon. Inscribed on the monument is the following:
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
IN HUMBLE TRIBUTE TO ITS SONS
WHO PAID THE
FOR THE LIBERATION OF THE MARIANAS.
Santiago Surrender Tree
The Santiago Surrender Tree is located in Santiago, Cuba. The monument marks the site at which Spanish forces
surrendered Santiago de Cuba to United States forces on July 17, 1898 during the Spanish American War. On July
1, U.S. and Cuban troops had taken El Viso Fort, the town of El Caney and San Juan heights, and San Juan Hill was taken at
the same time, with the help of the Rough Riders under Teddy Roosevelt. These vistories opened the way to Santiago
de Cuba. Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, was among those who cared for the wounded at Santiago.
By Act of Congress, the Santiago Surrender Tree became the responsibility of the American Battle Monuments Commission
on July 1, 1958. The tree has since died, but the cannon and plaques continue to mark the surrender site.
The World War I Sommepy American Monument stands on Blank Mont Ridge, three miles northwest of Sommepy-Tahure (Marne),
France. The site is 11 miles north of Suippes and 124 miles east of Paris. It can be reached via Chalons-sur-Marne
The monument is surrounded by vestiges of World War I trenches, dugouts and gun emplacements. It is essentially a
tower of golden-yellow limestone with an observation tower on top affording an excellent view of the battlefields. Weather
permitting, it is open daily. Inside the entrance to the monument is an inscription describing American operations in
the vicinity. The monument's site was captured by American troops. It commemorates the achievements of the 70,000
Americans who served in this region during the summer and fall of 1918.
On the outside of the town hall of Souilly, France is a bronze tablet identifying this building as the headquarters of
the American First Army towards the end of World War I. Inscribed in French and English is the following:
HEADQUARTERS OF THE AMERICAN FIRST ARMY
OCCUPIED THIS BUILDING FROM SEPTEMBER 21, 1918
TO THE END OF HOSTILITIES,
AND FROM HERE
CONDUCTED THE MEUSE-ARGONNE OFFENSIVE,
ONE OF THE GREATEST OPERATIONS OF THE WAR.
The World War I Tours American Monument located in the city of Tours, France, 146 miles southwest of Paris.
monument commemorates the efforts of the 650,000 men who served during World War I in the Services of Supply of the American
Expeditionary Forces and whose work behind the battle lines made possible the achievements of the American Armies in the field.
It is located just east of the southern end of the Pont Wilson which crosses the Loire River in prolongation of the
main street (Rue National) of Tours, and consists of a handsome fountain of white stone with a gold gilded statue of an American
Indian holding an eagle. The surrounding area was developed into a small park by the Commission.
Utah Beach Monument
The World War II Utah Beach American Memorial is located at the termination of Highway N-13D, approximately a mile and
a half northeast of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (Manche), France. This monument commemorates the achievements of the American Forces
of the VII Corps who landed and fought in the liberation of the Cotentin Peninsula from June 6, 1944 to July 1, 1944.
memorial consists of a red granite obelisk surrounded by a small developed park overlooking the historic sand dunes of Utah
Beach, one of the two American landing beaches during the Normandy invasion of June 6, 1944.
West Coast Memorial
The World War II West Coast Memorial is located on a high ground overlooking the entrance to San Francisco Harbor. It is
at the intersection of Lincoln and Harrison Boulevards in the Presidio of San Francisco, California, near the southern edge
of the Golden Gate Bridge.
This memorial was erected in the memory of those soldiers, sailors, marines and coast guardsmen,
and airmen who met their deaths in the American coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean during World War II. It consists of a
curved gray granite wall decorated with bas relief sculpture and a statue of Liberty on its right flank. On the wall are inscribed
the name, rank, organization and State of each of the 412 American missing whose remains were never recovered or identified.
The terrace affords an excellent view of the neighboring shore and the exit from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Pacific Ocean.
Western Task Force Marker
The Western Naval Task Force Marker at Casablanca, Morocco is located at the Ben M'Sick civilian
cemetery. The bronze plaque, mounted on a solid block of Moroccan granite, commemorates the U.S. Western Task Force,
which successfully made assault landings at Mohemmedia, Safi and Kenitra on November 8-11, 1942. This was the first
ever trans-oceanic amphibious operation, which embarked from Hampton Roads, Virginia, and was comprised of American troops
that were transported and supported by 100 naval vessels. The landings were made near Casablanca on the Atlantic coast
of French Morocco.