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Sergeant Lloyd Adams

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Members of the 324th regiment took their duties concerning the construction of the military graveyard quite seriously. It was one way that they could help out the cause and have something to show for it besides a nazi flag and German Luger. Generations later, people would visit this graveyard to honor those that so courageously gave their lives for the greater cause.


Green-painted diesel dozers from the 46th Quartermasters and SeeBees started the long process of clearing the plateau, which overlooked the Moselle River and the village of Dinoze-Quequement. Meanwhile, every spare GI in the area was called in to assist in this process. Some men helped with the felling of large trees, while others aided in preparing the bodies for burial. Being a Sergeant, Adams was put in contol of a score of men. Their job was to protect this process, so that the American graveyard could be completed. The whole construction process would take several weeks, and then the U.S. dead from all around northeastern France would be brought in to be buried.


By the middle of November the construction process was nearly done, and the views from 100 feet over the Moselle were spectacular. Amidst the chaos of war, there was one forty-eight acre tract of land that stood on its own. It was a piece of U.S. soil, where the fallen could rest eternally.


Word was soon out that the Germans were no longer within range of the artillery, and the 324th would begin to make its advance further north in France. The Americans would be joined by the 2nd French Armored Division within several days, and the two would continue the march towards Germany.


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