serial number 35407199
The section is maintained and groomed by cemetery caretakers, though it is hidden from view and kept far separate from the nearby four plots for the honored dead of World War I. One cemetery employee described Plot E as "a house of shame" and "a perfect anti-memorial". Unlike the marble monuments and inscribed standing headstones of the regular plots, Plot E contains nothing but 96 flat stone markers (arranged in 4 rows) and a single small granite cross. The markers are the size of index cards and have nothing on them except sequential grave numbers engraved in black. No US flag is permitted to fly over the section, and the numbered graves literally lie with their backs turned to the hallowed ground of the main cemetery across the street. Visitors are not encouraged, and its existence is not mentioned on the cemetery website or guide pamphlets The only individual buried there who had not been convicted of rape or murder was Eddie Slovik, who was executed for desertion. President Reagan permitted his body to be returned to the United States in 1987.
Somme American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement de l'Aisne
Plot: Plot E row 1 grave 14
Created by: soilsister
Record added: Jul 27, 2013
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