The Normandy American Cemetery is located on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel. The cemetery is just east of St.-Laurent-sur-Mer and northwest of Bayeux in Colleville-sur-Mer. The cemetery is administered, operated and maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.
The Normandy American Cemetery covers 172 acres and is the resting place of 9,387 servicemen and women, three hundred and seven of whom are Unknowns, three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, and four women. At the east end of the cemetery is the Garden of the Missing. On the walls of the semi-circular garden are inscribed the names of the 1,557 Missing in Action. The Superintendent of Manila American Cemetery is Daniel Neese, and the Assistant Superintendent is Fred Rhodes. The E-Mail address is: Normandy.Cemetery@abmc-er.org
The address: Normandy
Phone 02 31 51 62 00
Note the Normandie Coast of France. Thanks to Normandy Tourism for this map.
The more localized map below
(showing the Normandy American Cemetery)
shows the area to the left in the map above (St. Lo. and Bayeux), West of Caen.
The cross near the top center shows the location of the cemetery.
Thanks to Normandy American Cemetery publications for this map.
The closest major airport is the Charles De Gaulle International Airport in Roissy, 14 miles northeast of Paris. Travel time by train from the Gare St.Lazare (St. Lazare railway station) in Paris to Bayeux is about 2 1/2 hours. There are at least four express trains running daily. Taxi service is available from the Bayeux Station to the cemetery. Tours are also available.
Charles De Gaulle Airport phone numbers:
switchboard: 01 48 62 12 12
info travelers: 01 48 62 22 80
fax: 01 48 62 61 29 and 01 48 62 03 91
Paris Orly Airport is located 9 miles south of Paris and handles mostly domestic flights. It has good public transport links.
Paris Orly Airport phone 01 49 75 15 15
If you choose to rent a car at the Charles De Gaulle Airport take the Autoroute de l’Quest (A-13 toll highway) from Paris to Caen, then highway N-13 to Bayeux and Formigny. At Formigny turn right onto D-517 towards St. Laurent-sur-Mer; then right onto D-514 to Colleville-sur-Mer, where directional signs mark the access to the cemetery.
The medieval town of Bayeux is the perfect place to stay as it is in close vicinity to many of the D-Day landing sites and museums. It has numerous restaurants and a shopping district within walking distance from the hotels.
Some recommendations for accommodations:
Relais du Silence – Logis de France
71, Rue Saint Jean
14-16 Rue Saint Jean
Telephone: 02 31 21 31 80
Fax: 02 31 21 41 66
Grand Hotel Du Luxembourg
25, Rue Des Bouchers
Telephone: 02 31 92 00 04
Fax: 02 31 92 54 26
Hotel accommodations can also be found in Caen and other surrounding villages.
If you plan on staying a week or longer your best bet may be to stay in a Gite. A Gite is a house that is rented on a weekly basis (usually from Saturday to the next Saturday.) They vary in comfort and price. Most have full kitchens, washing machines and dryers. Overall, they are much cheaper than staying in a hotel. Gite owners offer you the choice of either cleaning yourself or for a small price they can have someone clean after you leave.
One website for gites is: http://www.gites-de-france-calvados.fr Click on the English flag in the upper right hand corner for the English version.
Other websites are http://www.gites.com and http://www.france-gites.comwww.france-gites.com
For helpful information on towns (hotels, museums etc.) in Normandy go to:http://www.normandy-tourism.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
While in Bayeux, be sure to visit the Cathedral Notre-Dame and the Bayeux tapestry if time allows.
Car rentals are available from most major agencies at Charles de Gaulle Airport and are also available across the street from the train station in Caen (about 20 miles from Bayeux).
69 Rue de Saint-Malo
14 000 Bayeux
Telehone: 0231 92 18 81
Fax: 02 31 92 23 07
51 Rue de Saint-Malo
Telephone: 02 31 92 46 45
2 avenue Gabriel
75382 Paris Cedex 08
Switchboard: 1 43 12 22 22
Fax: 1 42 66 97 83
Consular Section, American Embassy
Office of American Services
2 rue Saint-Florentin
75382 Paris Cedex 08
Tel: 01 43 12 22 22
Fax: 01 42 96 28 39 (passport section)
E-mail : email@example.com
Fax: 01 42 61 61 40
The American Legion National Headquarters, Department of France
22 Boulevard Diderot
75012 Paris France
Tel: 02 31 75 00 81
The cemetery is open daily to the public between the hours of 9:00a.m. and 5:00 p.m. except December 25 and January 1. A staff member is on duty in the Visitors’ Building to answer questions and escort relatives to grave and memorial sites.
This website is particularly helpful in planning your itinerary.
The site maps the battlefields, lists the cities, museums, cemeteries, memorials, and vestiges of the WWII battles. Be sure to check it out before you go. There are so many WWII sites and museums in Normandy that it is impossible to see everything.
The climate is very mild in Normandy. The warmest time of the year is July through September with average temperatures around 70 degrees. The coolest time of the year is December through March with average temperatures ranging from 40 to 50 degtrees. There is rain each month, but the rainiest time of the year is October and November.
Weather information can be found at: http://www.normandy-travel.com/weather.html
Practical details such as driving information, using ATMs and telephones, and emergency phone numbers can also be found at this website.
Jean-Marc suggests that travelers to Normandy should always pack a raincoat or an umbrella. Summers are not too hot, about 62 to 78°. June and September are sunny and windy, but can also be cloudy and rainy.
The electrical current in France is 220 volts AC and current alternates at 50 cycles. If you plan on bringing a hair dryer, curling iron etc. you will need a voltage transformer and plug adaptor.
Remember to pack a light jacket or sweater as even during July it can get a bit chilly for those who are used to hot summers.
State Department Bulletins: Be sure to check before you make travel plans. See: http://travel.state.gov/
The currency is the Euro. You can exchange US dollars for Euros at airports and most banks or make withdrawals from ATMs using your credit or debit card. Credit cards are accepted everywhere, with the occasional exception of American Express. It is best to ask before purchasing or dining which credit card is accepted. It is also a good idea to call credit card companies to see who offers the lowest exchange rate. This will also give you the opportunity to notify your credit card company that you will be using it overseas.
A currency converter can be found at: http://www.xe.com/ucc
Patty Temte suggests that you remember to carry your umbrella. Rain just “happens” in Normandy! Another tip – French telephone numbers have ten digits. The first two digits indicate the region of France (Paris is 01, northwest France is 02, northeast France is 03, southeast France is 04, and southeast France is 05). When calling France from the US, dial the French country code (33) plus the nine digit number omitting the initial 0.
Lynn Taylor suggests that you contact your credit card company or bank before you leave to find out if you can use your card at all ATMs to withdraw cash and how much cash you will be allowed to withdraw. Some cards only work at ATMs that have a “PLUS” symbol.
Driving tips: Right hand turns are not allowed at red lights. Roads can be very narrow and street signs (with the exception of the stop sign) are different from ours. It is a good idea to buy a travel guide so that you can be familiar with the signs before setting out. In most towns the street names are posted on the side of the buildings.
If anyone else travels to Normandy, please send your comments and travel tips (on anything from florists to restaurants to accommodations) to Normandy stager Lynn Taylor at: Latay808@AOL.COM
Gilbert Allis Jr., father of Jerelyn Eisenberg
Raymond Benjamin, brother of Paul Benjamin
Thomas Gaston Blondel, father of Thomas G. Blondel Jr.
Harold Joseph Brogan, father of Sharon Kearsley
Anthony Brusk, father of Judith Wright
Elmer Norval Carter M.D., father of Walter F. Carter
Joseph J. Dear, father of Betty Stevens
Dallis A. Drake, father of Laura Deanna Drake, grandfather of Lynn Taylor
Franklin Maynard Elliot, father of Rondy Elliot
Percy O’Dell Forgy, father of Jack O. Forgy
George Shell Grant, father of Judith Grant-Botter
Gerald Melvin Greene, father of Tommy M. Greene
John S. Howe, father of Annis Sisco
Harold Charles Kain, father of Charlene Czajkowski
Robert Allen Lane, father of Sandra Lane Walker
Lester A. Maize, father of Barbara Sall and Sherry Esvelt
Roy E. McCorkle Jr., father of Roy E. McCorkle III
Richard James O’Malley, father of Patricia Roy
Edward A. Peters Jr., father of Edward A. Peters III
George Joseph Rajner, father of Carol LaBounty
William Remmenga, father of Sharon Smith
Paul O. Romich, father of Marilyn Book
James Lawrence Schwoebel, father of Barbara Clark
Harry Fred Snyder, father of Floranne S. Snyder
Roy Upton Talhelm, father of Donna G. Talhelm
Raymond Terbeek, father of Dale Terbeek
Joseph E. Tomberlin, father of Joseph A. Tomberlin
Merton T. Wilson, father of La Verne Melton
Victor D. Wittwer, father of Kay Lynn Avritt
Wallace Edward Zosel, father of Roger Zosel O’Brien
Les Fleurs de la
This association is created to perpetuate the memory of the soldiers, sailors and airmen buried in the American Cemeteries of Colleville-sur-Mer and Saint James in Normandy by placing flowers on their graves. http://fleursdelamemoire.free.fr/ Jean-Marc Lesueur is a member of this group.
"A Widow's First Visit."
Pauline E. Forgy, who first
visited the Normandy Cemetery at St. Laurent
in 1991. She was 82 at the time. Photo provided by Jack O'Dell Forgy
in memory of his Mother and LTC Percy O'Dell Forgy, KIA 27 July 1944 in Normandy
LTC Forgy's cross lies between the two conical trees in the far background to the right of my Mom. CPT George Rarey and MAJ George Grant lie nearby. We all know about CPT Rarey; he lies in the row in front of my Dad. MAJ Grant, XO, 3rd BN, 506 PIR, 101st ABN, was machine gunned in his chute on the way down and never took up arms against the foe. He's in the same row as my Dad. He and my Dad were both Arkansans. His daughter Judith, an AWON member and my sister were classmates but never knew each other's story. The green carts in the background are old 1/4 ton Jeep trailers, presumably surplused to the ABMC when they built the cemetery. The grounds keepers use them to carry things. No telling what else lurks in the warehouse, that only old soldiers like me would recognize. I often wonder if those trailers made the trek over the beach and up the hill.
For more information provided
by the ABMC
(American Battle Monuments Commission), click the link below:
Updates to this page (not to
mention many thanks) go to Normandy stager
Lynn Taylor at: Latay808@AOL.COM, with help from and thanks to
Jean-Marc Lesueur and Patty Temte.