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First Name: Quentin

Last Name: Roosevelt

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: U.S. Army Air Corps (1926 - 1942)

Date of Birth: 19 November 1897

Date of Death: 14 July 1918

Rank: First Lieutenant

Years Served:
Quentin Roosevelt

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


Quentin Roosevelt
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps

Quentin Roosevelt was born on 19 November 1897. He was the youngest son of 26th U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.

A Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War I, he was killed when his Nieuport 28 aircraft was shot down behind German lines on 14 July 1918. German soldiers placed a crude cross over his grave, near the rural French village of Chamery, near Reims.

The grave subsequently underwent some revisions and was treated as a pilgrimage site by admiring U.S. and French citizens. On 12 July 1944, Quentin's oldest brother, Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., died of a heart attack in Normandy following the invasion of France. After the war, the two brothers were buried side-by-side at the U.S. Military Cemetery, Colville-ser-Mer, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France.

The original cross placed on Quentin's grave is now on display at the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Quentin's mother, Edith Kermit Roosevelt, later had a stone monument fashioned to cover her son's grave. When Quentin was re-interred at Normandy, the stone from his grave at Chamery was moved to a location of honor on the lawn of the Roosevelt home, Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY. 

Death and Burial

First Lieutenant Quentin Roosevelt was killed in action on 14 July 1918. He is buried next to his brother, Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., at the U.S. Military Cemetery, Colville-ser-Mer, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France.

Honoree ID: 3021   Created by: MHOH




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