The gray granite memorial, containing the chapel as well as two large operations maps with narratives and flags of the United States military services, overlooks the burial area. Stained glass and sculpture embellish the structure. The lookout platform of the tower, reached by 98 steps, affords a view of the stately pattern of the headstones, as well as of the peaceful surrounding countryside stretching northward to the sea and Mont St. Michel, France.
The cemetery is located on the site of the temporary American St. James Cemetery, established on August 4, 1944 by the U.S. Third Army. It marks the point where the American forces made their breakthrough from the hedgerow country of Normandy into the plains of Brittany during the offensive around Avranches, France.
Head to Plot E, Row 10, Grave 14 and you'll find the final resting place of Sgt. Nathan Haynes Jordan, Jr., a Greer native and the eldest of three brothers who chose to serve their country during World War II. Signatures on the cover of a 1937 Greer High School graduation program attest to Nathan's popularity in his hometown Correspondence from his stateside infantry training post and later from Europe during the war are a testament to his love of family.
Like his younger brothers Richard and William -- both members of the U.S. Navy -- Nathan was a southern gentleman prepared to do his job to bring peace to a world in turmoil.
Nathan Jordan rose to the rank of corporal at an infantry training post at Ft. Wheeler, near Macon, Ga., where he served on the cadre of a battalion responsible for training inductees. After the invasion of Normandy, Nathan Jordan was transferred to Ft. Meade, Md., to await transport to the European theater.
He arrived in England on July 23, 1944, and was sent immediately to France, where he was assigned to Co. M, 38th Infantry Division.
Nathan reported to the 38th Infantry Regimentm 2nd Infantry Division on August 7, 1944, and entered combat the following day. His final letter home, dated August 11, 1944, tells of living conditions: