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“Stunning memorial overlooking Chateau Thierry”

Chateau-Thierry Monument
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Small-Group WWI Day Trip from Paris: Aisne-Marne Battlefields, Belleau Wood and...
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

I visited this on a beautiful clear, sunny day in June and the views are wonderful. The monument is a typically American memorial.

The World War I Chateau-Thierry American Monument is located on a hill two miles west of Chateau-Thierry, France. It commands a wide view of the valley of the Marne River. It is about 54 miles east of Paris, four and a half miles southeast of our Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, and 17 miles southwest of our Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial. It commemorates the achievements of the American forces that fought in this region in World War I. At the nearby cemeteries rest those Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country. Two stone pylons mark the entrance from Highway N-3 running from Paris to Chateau-Thierry.

The monument consists of an impressive double colonnade rising above a long terrace. On its west facade are heroic sculptured figures representing the United States and France. On its east facade is a map showing American military operations in this region and an orientation table pointing out the significant battle sites.

Look out for damage on the memorial from fighting during the Second World War

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

After spending an hour at the Marine cemetery at Belleau Wood,we drove a short distance to see the monument the American government built after the end of WW I to honor the French and American soldiers who fought in and around Chateau-Thierry in the spring and summer of 1918, stopping the German advance on Paris. I did not know about this monument until we pulled into the empty parking lot on a lovely, cool spring morning, May 25, 2013. The view from the monument overlooking the valley, with the town of Chateau-Thievery far below is impressive. The monument is classical, beautiful, and moving. As Americans, we can be proud of the way this monument recognizes the contributions of both the American and French soldiers who fought and died in this beautiful part of norther France. I think Belleau is more moving because it is a cemetery honoring the dead Marines who fought and died in June of 1918, but the monument is just as impressive in the way it remembers the sacrifices that were made to protect freedom.

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Reviewed March 21, 2013

What a great tribute to the Doughboys of 1918. Impressive, but also somewhat sad. It appeared neglected and it was obvious that not many Americans visit this memorial to a forgotten war. Go there.

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Reviewed August 14, 2012

If you're in the area this is well worth a visit - half an hour is probably adequate. The stonework is most impressive and the setting spectacular

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Reviewed June 16, 2012

On this trip, I was searching for some sign that my Great Uncle Michael Kokoska had come this way with the 32nd Division during The Great War. We knew he was killed in the trenches in Manspach in the Alsace region of France in 1918. I found what I was looking for on the walls of the Chateau-Thierry Monument with the 32nd insignia engraved there.

The Monument itself is a double colonnade sitting atop a terrace. The figures sculpted on the front of the Monument represent the United States and France. Around the back of the Monument are engraved the names of the units that fought in the area, as well as a battle map and orientation table. This is where I found Uncle Mike's Division listed.

As with most WWI Cemeteries, Memorials and Monuments, they are difficult to locate. I suggest doing some research online at the American Battle Monuments Commission website: www.abmc.gov. There you will find general directions and GPS coordinates, as well as photos and information about each site.

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