Unknowns of the European Theater of Operations (ETO) in World War II
Andilly Unknowns

Listed by Unknown X-Number
by Wesley Johnston, Historian of the 7th Armored Division Association
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Last updated: August 21, 2017 - What's New?

Spare a minute
to think
of the young who didn't grow up,
and how young they looked when they died,
and how no one will ever remember them looking tired and middle-aged
or even be bored by tiresome recitals of the time of their youth.

- - - - Russell Baker "How to Observe Dec. 7" (NY Times, Dec. 1965)

So they will not be "Forgot"
There is a word
Which bears a sword
Can pierce an armed man.
It hurls its barbed syllables,
And is mute again.
But where it fell
The saved will tell
On patriotic day,
Some epauletted brother
Gave his breath away.
Wherever runs the breathless sun,
Wherever roams the day,
There is its noiseless onset,
There is its victory!
Behold the keenest marksman!
The most accomplished shot!
Time’s sublimest target
Is a soul “forgot”!

----- Emily Dickinson

The temporary U. S. Military Cemetery at Andilly, France received 10 unknowns who have never yet been identified. This web page lists all 10 and gives a summary of the information for each. The columns are:

  1. Case: The Andilly X-number assigned to the case of the recovered unknown remains.
  2. PDF Page: The page in the PDF file of the X-file for the case that contains the initial Report of Burial or Report of Interment. Click here for the PDF files of all Andilly X-files, as well as the burial roster and cross-reference files.
  3. Recovery/First Burial: This is the date either of the recovery in the Recovery checklist or else the date of first burial (or date of the Report of Burial of the first burial it is earlier than the burial date).
  4. Redesig: An X or a blank to indicate the presence or absence, respectively, of re-designation of the case number for this case. For Andilly, none of the cases were re-designated, but at other cemeteries such as St. Avold, cases were received from other cemeteries as they were closed down and consolidated, and these were sometimes given new case numbers at the receiving cemetery.
  5. Notes: Miscellaneous notes from or related to the case file, usually starting with the "Place of Death" field from the Report of Burial or from other documents in the X-file.

Still-Unidentified Unknowns Recovered for Burial at Temporary U. S. Military Cemetery at Andilly, France

25 Aug 1944
Bayon, FRA
5 Jun 1944
Moselle River at Flavigny, FRA
18 Jul 1944
Vic. Briez, FRA and Doncourt (Moselle)
9 Jul 1945
8 km SW of Metz on N57; shoe size 6 1/2 E; remains consist of pelvis, right femur, left leg and part of foot -- EXACT SAME AS GRANT FOSSUM (C/23 AIB/7AD KIA 11 Sep 1944 in the Dornot bridgehead) - shoe size 6 1/2 E rules out S/Sgt. James W. Crawford (C/23 AIB KIA 8 Sep 44) who had shoe size 8E and also William Halloran (C/23 KIA 11 Sep 44 & almost certainly Hamm X-46) who had shoe size 7 1/2 EE - possibly 5ID
4 Sep 1945
Longueville-les-Cheminot, FRA U-834406; land mine
13 Jun 1945
Moulins-les-Metz, FRA U-812758; shoe size 8D
18 Jan 1934
Fort Driant, Ars-sur-Moselle, FRA U-780550; Helmet 3044; First aid packet 3756; only remains consist of about 3" piece of frontal part of skull
6 Jun 1945
1/2 Mi E of Haut de Faice, FRA VU-033085; Raincoat S-6243 (Joseph W. Shenk); Trousers M-8250 (Eugene F Moriarty Jr not killed), Carbine clip K-3144
12 Dec 1945
6 1/2 Mi NE of Metz on Rt N 412 U-6393;

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