CantignyOn the morning of May 28th, 1918, the 28th Infantry Regiment, U.S. First Division, American Expeditionary Force, commanded by Colonel Hanson E. Ely, conducted the first major American offensive of World War I here at Cantigny. The rest of the First Division, French aircraft, artillery, tanks and flamethrowers, supported the attack. The seizure and defense of Cantigny against determined German opposition proved the worth of the American soldier and bolstered Allied morale at a critical time. Almost 900 members of the regiment were killed or wounded during the four-day battle. The regiment earned the French Croix de Guerre with palm and designation of "The Lions of Cantigny." The regiment's crest bears a lion derived from the coat of arms of Picardy.
|Placed By||28th Infantry Regiment Association, McCormick Tribune Foundation, Cantigny First Division Association, Village of Cantigny|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 at 2:03pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||30U E 536657 N 5501286|
|Decimal Degrees||49.66300000, 2.49205000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 49° 39.78', E 2° 29.523'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||49° 39' 46.8" N, 2° 29' 31.38" E|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6 Rue Saint-Aignan, Cantigny 80500, FR|
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