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Memorial to the U.S. Army's 315th Infantry
The building in the photograph is in the very small town of Nantillois (Meuse), Lorraine. [Nantillois was the "original battle area grave location" for the body of Giovanni Angelillo, who was killed in action on 27 September 1918, before it was moved to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.] The inscription on the building reads:
Erected in Memory
Of the Glorious Dead
Of the 315th Infantry U.S.A.
The symbol on the inscription is from the flag of the Lorraine state in France, a cross with two parallel lines passing through it, the "Cross of Lorraine". (That cross was the symbol of the 79th Division.)
Next door is a building that has the flags of France and the U.S.A. hanging outside its door. But the building with the inscription was closed the Saturday when I was there.
I came across this building while looking for the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery. I began my journey in Verdun (I didn't have an exact address for the cemetery; I just knew it was within 25 km [15.5 miles] of Verdun) and followed the signs for "American Cemetery". And then another sign called "American Memorial" started popping up. The memorial is in Montfaucon-d'Argonne [about 7 miles away from the cemetery], and after I left the memorial, I followed the "Rue de America" back into town and followed the signs that said "American Cemetery". While looking for the cemetery I followed the signs to another town called "Nantillois, France" and it was in this town that I ran across this building.
Source: Photograph and description by Brad Eversgerd, April 2013.
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Last revised: 21 June 2013 : 2013-06-21 by Robert [Wesley] Angelo
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