North Africa Cemetery

Rangers - WWII North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial

Rangers who rest in the soils they liberated.
Photo courtesy Michael W. Green, superintendent, North Africa cemetery

The World War II North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial is located in close proximity to the site of the ancient city of Carthage, Tunisia which was destroyed by the Romans in 146 B.C. and lies over part of the site of Roman Carthage. It is near the present town of Carthage and ten miles from Tunis and five miles from the airport. The La Marsa Railroad runs from the center of Tunis to the Amilcar Station, a five minute walk to the cemetery.

At this cemetery, 27 acres in extent, rest 2,841 American military dead. Their headstones are set in straight lines and subdivided into nine rectangular plots by wide paths with decorative pools at their intersections. Along the southeast edge of the burial area is a long Wall of the missing with its sculptured figures and bordering tree lined terrace leading to the memorial. On this wall are engraved the names of 3,724 American missing who gave their lives in the service of their country in military activities ranging from North Africa to the Persian Gulf during World War II.