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Grave of American who served in French Foreign Legion

Grave of American who served in French Foreign Legion

American soldiers during World War II are placing a wreath on a grave that has a US helmet hanging from it, with the words, Egalite, Fraternite, painted on it, and _57th Inf. and what looked like a divisional emblem.

After looking at the photo with my jeweler's Loupe I was able to make out that the divisional emblem on the helmet was that of the 90th Infantry Division - the _57th Inf. on the helmet is probably the 357th Infantry, which was part of the 90th Division during World War II.

I was also able to make out the name on the grave: John Schila Deming, and the words "Soldat Estranger" and the date 1917. After doing a little research online, I found the grave - John Schila Deming was born on March 24, 1884 in Columbus, Ohio. He joined the French Foreign Legion after having previously served for a brief time in the Canadian Army. He was killed in June 22, 1917, and is buried in the French Military Cemetery at Cormicy. According to the Cormicy website, he was killed at Vaux Varennes (if I was reading the translation of the French website correctly). View full size.

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