American Cemetery in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, where 14,246 Americans are buried.

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Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

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The largest US military cemetery in Europe is this WWI ground, where 14,246 soldiers lie buried – a sobering sea of white crosses reaching as far as the eye can see. The cemetery is located 41km northwest of Verdun along the D38 and D123.

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