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Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial

Cemetery

Detailed history

The Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial near Draguignan in France commemorates military dead who fell during Operation Dragoon, the liberation of the south of France in August 1944. The cemetery contains 860 graves and a further 294 fallen are honoured on the Wall of Missing. A chapel and memorial pay respect to the interred servicemen and a large bronze map outlines military activities in the area.

The Rhone American Cemetery was established in August 1944 following the Allied liberation of southern France in a surprise operation. The site lies in the Rhone Valley on the route followed by the Seventh Army and is named for the Rhone river. The cemetery was designed by Henry J Toombs and landscaped by A F Brinkerhoff, it was completed and dedicated in 1956. The Rhone American Cemetery is owned and maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/rhone-american-cemetery

Connections

People

  • Arthur Guertin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Jones crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. On 24 July 1943, B-17 #42-3217 "Georgia Rebel" crashed in Vannacka, Sweden. Mission #11 to the chemical factories (Magnesium, Aluminum) in Heroya, Norway. MACR 132. Hit by flak, bombs dropped, #2...

  • Henry Patterson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radar Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #426037. Crashed near Royan. Patterson's body was never recovered and he is listed on the Wall of the Missing at Rhone American Cemetery.

Buried or commemorated

  • Thomas Bone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure in B-17 42-3213 16-Aug-43. Returned to base. Shot down 16-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3079. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 550 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Donald Cole

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Captain Cole was credited with saving the town by flying the plane into an open field. The site is still a memorial to his bravery.

  • Alex Dominski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Crash-landed 31 December 1943 in B-17 #42-30733. Ball Turret Gunner S/Sgt Alex Dominski got out of the crash-landed plane and was hidden by French citizens in the area of Chef-Boutonne. He was joined later by 3 other evaders of his crew - Radio...

  • Arthur Guertin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Jones crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. On 24 July 1943, B-17 #42-3217 "Georgia Rebel" crashed in Vannacka, Sweden. Mission #11 to the chemical factories (Magnesium, Aluminum) in Heroya, Norway. MACR 132. Hit by flak, bombs dropped, #2...

  • Thomas Hudson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Jo Karr

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38061 'Georgia Rebel II'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Ward Sackal

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-24 #42-7605, Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Clarence Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-38061 'Georgia Rebel II'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 08:52:42 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history and person associations
Sources

Official Website: http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/rhone-american-cemetery

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