Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial
The cemetery at St James on the Normandy/Brittany border is less well known than the cemetery at Colleville sur Mer on OMAHA Beach. Officially known as the Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial, 4,410 U.S. forces personnel were buried here in a beautiful and tranquil setting. The US cemetery at St James does not attract the huge visitor numbers that the Colleville and is, in my opinion, a better place for it.
Carved in granite on the base of the memorial chapel are the words:
I HAVE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT
I HAVE FINISHED MY COURSE
I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH
(2 Timothy IV, 7).
Among the 4,410 graves are 95 unknown soldiers. In 20 instances, two brothers are buried side-by-side. The retaining wall is inscribed with the names of the missing.
Two recipients of the Medal Of Honor are among the fallen at St James; Sherwood H Hallman of the 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, and Ernest W Prussman of the 13th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division.
By Malcolm Clough
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