Quentin, the youngest Roosevelt, was a sophomore at Harvard and showing promise as a writer when World War I made him decide to join the Air Force. Just engaged to Flora Payne Whitney, he set out, winning admiration from fellow flyers.
On July 14, he was shot down by two German fighters, and he died behind enemy lines. There his body was buried.
His body was moved in 1955 to the Normandy American Cemetery at St. Laurent where it lies beside that of his brother Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt who died in the Normandy Invasion in 1944 Inscription.
This stone is from the grave of
Youngest son of
Theodore and Edith Kermit Roosevelt
who was killed in aerial combat in France
on July 14, 1918
More About QUENTIN ROOSEVELT: * 1917-1918, First Lieutenant, ASSC, 95th Bomber Squadron * September 24, 1918, Flying field Westbury Plateau renamed Roosevelt Field in his honor * 1919, Awarded the Croix de Guerre posthumously by the French Government * Per his sister Ethel, he loved tinkering with automobile engines * Buried U.S. Military Cemetery, Colville, France * Cause of Death: Shot down behind enemy lines, WW I Quentin Roosevelt
The Crash & Former Burial site for Quentin Roosevelt