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 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:
||X-23||25 Aug 1944||Bayon, FRA
||X-33||5 Jun 1944||Moselle River at Flavigny, FRA
||X-44||18 Jul 1944||Vic. Briez, FRA and Doncourt (Moselle)
||X-56||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
||X-72||4 Sep 1945||Longueville-les-Cheminot, FRA U-834406; land mine
||X-73||13 Jun 1945||Moulins-les-Metz, FRA U-812758; shoe size 8D
||X-74||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
||X-76||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
||X-77||12 Dec 1945||6 1/2 Mi NE of Metz on Rt N 412 U-6393;