American Battle Monuments Commission
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial
The Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial is situated 4 miles (6.5 kilometers)
southeast of Epinal, Vosges, France, on Road D-157, in the village of Dinoze-
Quequement. It can be reached by automobile from Paris, 231 miles (372 kilometers), in
about five hour via toll AutoRoute A-4, eastward to the Nancy exit, then onto Highway
N-57. Approaching Epinal, from Nancy, avoid the city of Epinal by staying on N-57
toward Remiremont-Mulhouse, existing at Arches-Dinoze.
Rail service is available from Gare de I’Est station in Paris via Nancy, where it may
be necessary to change trains. The journey by train also requires about 5 hours.
Air travel service is available from Paris to the Epinal-Mirecourt Airport. The
journey takes about 45 minutes. Adequate hotel accommodations and taxi service can be
found in Epinal and vicinity.
The cemetery is open daily to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm except December 25
and January 1. It is open on host country holidays. When the cemetery is open to the
public, a staff member is on duty in the Visitors’ Building to answer questions and escort
relatives to grave and memorial sites.
On 15 August 1944, just a little over two months after the landings in Normandy, Allied
Forces launched an amphibious assault to free southern France. Air bombardment in
preparation for the landings began in July and grew steadily in intensity. Preceded by
Allied assault groups and U.S. airborne and glider troops, under cover of heavy naval and
aerial bombardment, the 3rd , 36th and 45th Divisions of the U.S. VI Corps landed on the
beaches in southern France from Cape Cavalaire to Agay and thrust rapidly inland. As
advancing VI Corps troops of the U.S. Seventh Army pursued the enemy, French units
landed and moved westward toward Toulon and Marseilles. within two weeks both ports
had been liberated and U.S. forces had advanced northward up the Rhon