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The page of Seeger, Alan, English biography

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Seeger, Alan
(Alan Seeger)


Alan Seeger, born in June 22, 1888 and died July 4, 1916, was an American poet.
In 1914, Seeger joined the French Foreign Legion so that he could fight for the Allies in WWI. He was killed in action at Belloy-en-Santerre, famously cheering on his fellow soldiers in a successful charge after being hit several times himself by machine gun fire.

A statue to his memory and to the memory of his Americans volunteered comrades was erected in the Place des Etats-Unis, Paris.
The inspiration of the bronze statue was a photograph of Seeger, and his name can be found, among those of twenty-three others who had fallen in the ranks of the French Foreign Legion, on the back of the plinth. Also, on either side of the base of the statue, are two excerpts from Seeger's "Ode in Memory of the American Volunteers Fallen for France", a poem written shortly before his death.

His brother Charles Seeger was the father of the American folk singer, Pete Seeger.

Seeger’s "I Have a Rendezvous with Death" was one of President John F. Kennedy's favorite poems.

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