This is Sergeant Elbert
Legg from the 603rd Graves Registration
Company in the first picture. Sergeant Legg
went in with the 82nd Airborne Division by
Glider on June 6, 1944.
He picked a piece of
land on June 6 and the next day June 7
started the first American Cemetery in
The second picture was
taken around that day and it shows Sergeant
Legg preparing a man for burial. For the
first week Legg worked without the rest of
his Platoon as they were still waiting to
come ashore. Men from the 407th Airborne
Quartermaster Company and the local French
helped to bury the men killed during the
first week in Normandy.
In the third picture
you see the sign that says it all, Cemetery
82nd Airborne. Sergeant Legg buried 401 men
in that first week. When the rest of the
Platoon arrived on June 13 they decided to
reset the Cemetery which was renamed the
Blosville Cemetery. The 401 men buried there
were relocated into the main Cemetery.
transferred from the 603rd to the 82nd
Airborne Division and stayed in the Army
retiring a Colonel.
This is what Memorial
Day is all about. Honoring and remembering
all who died defending their country.
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