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Memorial to the First Three Americans Killed in WWI

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The memorial sits at the southeast side of the main entrance to the cemetery facing the road.  Monument The red granite memorial features gold leaf text and an inscription in French. The memorial honors the first three U.S. Soldiers killed in WWI on November 6, 1917. All three were members of the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. Beside the memorial are the remains of the original monument destroyed by occupying German Forces during WWII. The memorial is maintained by Souvenir Français and the municipality of Bathelemont les Bauzemont.

Monument Text:

Ici en terre Lorraine, reposent les trois premiers soldats américains tues a l'ennemi le 3 novembre 1917

Caporal J.B. Gresham (D'Evansville)
Soldat T.F. Enright (De Pittsburg)
Soldat M.D. Hay (De Glidden)

Here on Lorraine soil, rest the first three American soldiers killed by the enemy on 3 November 1917

Corporal J.B. Gresham (of Evansville)
Private E.F. Enright (of Pittsburg)
Private M.D. Hay (of Glidden)



Thomas Francis Enright

James Bethel Gresham

Merle David Hay


16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division

1st Infantry Division

American Expeditionary Forces (AEF)

United States Army