Marion Miller
My uncle, my mother's brother, Marion Miller in his Canadian uniform. Many Americans went north to enlist before Pearl Harbor was bombed and he was one of them. After the U.S. entered the war, he returned to the States to enlist in the U.S. Army. He was killed by a sniper while a motorcycle scout on 28 July, 1944. I was 6 months old. He is buried in the American cemetery at St. Laurent-sur-Mer above Omaha Beach.
Marion Miller
American Cemetery
Main entrance to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at St. Laurent-sur-Mer above Omaha Beach.
American Cemetery
American Cemetery
The American flag flies over the cemetery and memorial at St. Laurent-sur-Mer above Omaha Beach. The English Channel can be seen behind the flag.
American Cemetery
American Memorial
The memorial at St. Laurent-sur-Mer lists the names of the missing on the low walls the other side of the memorial.
American Memorial
American Memorial
Memorial view.
American Memorial
American Memorial
Map of the landings is on one of the walls.
American Memorial
American Memorial
The other wall's map.
American Memorial
American Memorial
The memorial from the front side. The statue is called the Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves.
American Memorial
American Cemetery
View of the cemetery from the memorial at St. Laurent-sur-Mer.
American Cemetery
Chapel
The chapel viewed from near the memorial.
Chapel
Chapel
Inside the chapel.
Chapel
Chapel
Ceiling inside the chapel.
Chapel
American Cemetery
Graves and a broad view toward the Channel. It really is beautiful here.
American Cemetery
Marion Miller
My Uncle's grave at Laurent-sur-Mer as photographed by me in 1973.
Marion Miller
Marion and Sister
My mother poses at her youngest brother's grave. After viewing the cemetery and the wonderful condition in which it is kept, she said she now understood why her mother never had Marion's body returned for burial in the United States. The American cemeteries receive perpetual care. Probably the last exhumation of a body for return to the States took place in September 1963 when I was there the first time. I was watching and the workmen waved me on, for it is indeed a very private affair.
Marion and Sister
Omaha Beach
There are numerous memorials around the cemetery and surrounding grounds. This one is the the Big Red 1.
Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach
This memorial is self-explanatory.
Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach
Another memorial at Omaha Beach (St. Laurent-sur-Mer).
Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach
Memorial to the Fifth Engineer Special Brigade.
Omaha Beach