American Battle Monuments Commission

American Battle Monuments Commission ABMC commemorates the sacrifice of U.S. armed forces, and manages 26 overseas military cemeteries, and 30 memorials, monuments, and markers.

The American Battle Monuments Commission, established by the Congress in 1923, is an agency of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. ABMC—guardian of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials—honors the service, achievements and sacrifice of United States Armed Forces. ABMC's commemorative mission includes: -Designing, constructing, operating and maintaining permanent American cemeteries in foreign countries. -Establishing and maintaining U.S. military memorials, monuments and markers where American armed forces have served overseas since April 6, 1917, and within the U.S. when directed by public law. -Controlling the design and construction of permanent U.S. military monuments and markers by other U.S. citizens and organizations, both public and private, and encouraging their maintenance. ABMC cemeteries are open every day (except 12/25 and 01/01) from 9:00 to 5:00.

Mission: ABMC—guardian of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials—honors the service, achievements and sacrifice of U.S. Armed Forces.

Operating as usual

Help us remember Charles E. Beebe today.World War IIService # 19142099Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces322nd Bomber S...
09/08/2020

Help us remember Charles E. Beebe today.
World War II
Service # 19142099
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
322nd Bomber Squadron, 91th Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered Service From: California
Date of Death: September 8 1944
Buried: Plot E Row 29 Grave 36
Lorraine American Cemetery, France
Award: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters

#weremember #wwii #usairforce #california

Today ABMC recognizes and celebrates Labor Day. While our mission to honor and celebrate the heroes resting at our sites...
09/07/2020

Today ABMC recognizes and celebrates Labor Day. While our mission to honor and celebrate the heroes resting at our sites never ends, we send our regards and hope you all enjoy this day of much-deserved rest.

What are you doing this labor Day? Tell us in the comments below!

Help us remember Gerald H. Penley today.World War IIService # O-1032730First Lieutenant, U.S. Army4th Cavalry Reconnaiss...
09/07/2020

Help us remember Gerald H. Penley today.
World War II
Service # O-1032730
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
4th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron
Entered Service From: Wyoming
Date of Death: September 7, 1944
Buried: Plot A Row 27 Grave 1
Ardennes American Cemetery, Belgium
Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

#weremember #wwii #usarmy #wyoming

Help us remember John C. Eicholtz today.World War IIService # 13112542Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces563rd Bomber S...
09/06/2020

Help us remember John C. Eicholtz today.
World War II
Service # 13112542
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
563rd Bomber Squadron, 388th Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered Service From: Pennsylvania
Date of Death: September 6 1943
Buried: Plot B Row 31 Grave 62
Epinal American Cemetery, France
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

#weremember #wwii #usairforce #pennsylvania

Help us remember Ovidio J. Bertoli today.World War IIService # O-885626Captain, U.S. Army60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Inf...
09/05/2020

Help us remember Ovidio J. Bertoli today.
World War II
Service # O-885626
Captain, U.S. Army
60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division
Entered Service From: New Jersey
Date of Death: September 5 1944
Buried: Plot E Row 15 Grave 39
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

#weremember #wwii #usarmy #newjersey

Help us remember John Sumpter today.World War IDate of Death: September 4 1919Buried: Plot B Row 20 Grave 15Suresnes Ame...
09/04/2020

Help us remember John Sumpter today.
World War I
Date of Death: September 4 1919
Buried: Plot B Row 20 Grave 15
Suresnes American Cemetery, France

#weremember #wwi

Help us remember William J. Leggett today.World War IIService # 31298962Private, U.S. Army463rd Anti-Aircraft Arty (Auto...
09/03/2020

Help us remember William J. Leggett today.
World War II
Service # 31298962
Private, U.S. Army
463rd Anti-Aircraft Arty (Automatic Weapons) Battalion
Entered Service From: Massachusetts
Date of Death: September 3 1944
Buried: Plot P Row 22 Grave 4
Netherlands American Cemetery, Netherlands

#weremember #wwii #usarmy #massachusetts

09/02/2020
Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e. V.

As we commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII, we must take time to reflect and learn from our past. As a global community, much has changed since 1945.

Today, our very own Jennifer Roman, Luxembourg American Cemetery superintendent, will join distinguished speakers for a panel discussion hosted by our German counterpart @Volksbund, where we will learn more about transatlantic partnerships throughout history, and the shared mission of maintaining the graves of the war dead.

09/02/2020
75th Commemoration of the End of WWII

Today we commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II; a war that claimed the lives of over 405,000 U.S. service members.

A day of celebration around the free world, it is also a day to remember at what cost our freedoms are won and preserved. Please join us today as we honor the brave men and women, those who made it home and those perished, in order to liberate the world from tyranny and ensure it did not find footing on our shores.

Help us remember Ernest L. Groves today.World War IIService # 34883935Private, U.S. Army179th Infantry Regiment, 45th In...
09/02/2020

Help us remember Ernest L. Groves today.
World War II
Service # 34883935
Private, U.S. Army
179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division
Entered Service From: Tennessee
Date of Death: September 2 1944
Buried: Plot A Row 11 Grave 4
Rhone American Cemetery, France
Award: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

#weremember #wwii #usarmy #tennessee

Today, we celebrate and honor the memory of three heroes; Salvador J. Lara, Frederick J. Henry, and Luther H. Story. Thr...
09/01/2020

Today, we celebrate and honor the memory of three heroes; Salvador J. Lara, Frederick J. Henry, and Luther H. Story. Through their heroic actions, each of these amazing men received the Medal of Honor. Please join us in remembering their service and sacrifice today.

#WeRemember

Help us remember Richard J. Belcher today.World War ISergeant, U.S. Army106th Infantry Regiment, 27th DivisionEntered Se...
09/01/2020

Help us remember Richard J. Belcher today.
World War I
Sergeant, U.S. Army
106th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division
Entered Service From: New York
Date of Death: September 1 1918
Buried: Plot C Row 3 Grave 6
Flanders Field American Cemetery, Belgium

#weremember #wwi #usarmy #newyork

Help us remember Rufus Bedsworth today.World War IPrivate, U.S. Army115th Infantry Regiment, 29th DivisionEntered Servic...
08/31/2020

Help us remember Rufus Bedsworth today.
World War I
Private, U.S. Army
115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division
Entered Service From: Maryland
Date of Death: August 31 1918
Buried: Plot D Row 45 Grave 24
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, France

#weremember #wwi #usarmy #maryland

Help us remember Andrew Brokeshoulder today.World War IIService # 38276600Private, U.S. Army Air Forces476th Ordnance Ev...
08/30/2020

Help us remember Andrew Brokeshoulder today.
World War II
Service # 38276600
Private, U.S. Army Air Forces
476th Ordnance Evacuation Company
Entered Service From: Oklahoma
Date of Death: August 30 1943
Buried: Plot F Row 18 Grave 5
North Africa American Cemetery, Tunisia

#weremember #wwii #usairforce #oklahoma

Help us remember Bernard Eisenberg today.World War IIService # O1175108Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army171st Field Artillery...
08/29/2020

Help us remember Bernard Eisenberg today.
World War II
Service # O1175108
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
171st Field Artillery Battalion, 45th Infantry Division
Entered Service From: California
Date of Death: August 29, 1944
Buried: Plot C Row 7 Grave 22
Rhone American Cemetery, France
Award: Purple Heart

#weremember #wwii #usarmy #california

Help us remember Bernard McGonigle today.World War IPrivate First Class, U.S. Army106th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division...
08/28/2020

Help us remember Bernard McGonigle today.
World War I
Private First Class, U.S. Army
106th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division
Entered Service From: New York
Date of Death: August 28 1918
Buried: Plot C Row 4 Grave 11
Flanders Field American Cemetery, Belgium

#weremember #wwi #usarmy #newyork

Help us remember William Adelson today.World War IPrivate, U.S. Army306th Infantry Regiment, 77th DivisionEntered Servic...
08/27/2020

Help us remember William Adelson today.
World War I
Private, U.S. Army
306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division
Entered Service From: New York
Date of Death: August 27 1918
Buried: Plot D Row 9 Grave 6
Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, France

#weremember #wwi #usarmy #newyork

Help us remember Herbert Richardson today.World War IIService # 35260011Sergeant, U.S. Army753rd Tank BattalionEntered S...
08/26/2020

Help us remember Herbert Richardson today.
World War II
Service # 35260011
Sergeant, U.S. Army
753rd Tank Battalion
Entered Service From: Ohio
Date of Death: August 26 1943
Buried: Plot F Row 5 Grave 48
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Italy

#weremember #wwii #usarmy #ohio

Before they were allowed to serve, women found ways to serve. On this 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th ...
08/26/2020

Before they were allowed to serve, women found ways to serve. On this 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, join us as we celebrate the contributions of women known, unknown, and those yet to come.

#WomensEqualityDay

Today, #WeRemember the anniversary of The Liberation of Paris.Following a week of guerrilla combat between French resist...
08/25/2020

Today, #WeRemember the anniversary of The Liberation of Paris.

Following a week of guerrilla combat between French resistance fighters and the occupying German troops, the U.S. Fourth Infantry Division and the Second Armored Division of the Free French Army made their way through the city on the evening of August 24. By midday on August 25, the French flag was finally raised above the Eiffel Tower once again — signaling the end of four years of Nazi occupation.

Please join us in remembering the heroes of this decisive battle today.

The Visitor Center at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery is reopening today! If you plan to visit, please make sure to expl...
08/25/2020

The Visitor Center at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery is reopening today! If you plan to visit, please make sure to explore the exhibit to learn more about the largest offensive of WWI, the history of the cemetery, and the lives of the American men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Help us remember Jess A. Quigley today.World War IIService # O-701158Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces307th Fighte...
08/25/2020

Help us remember Jess A. Quigley today.
World War II
Service # O-701158
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
307th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group
Entered Service From: Ohio
Date of Death: August 25, 1944
Buried: Plot D Row 9 Grave 36
Ardennes American Cemetery, Belgium
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

#weremember #wwii #usairforce #ohio

Help us remember Robert L. Goodson today.World War IIService # 37522342Private First Class, U.S. Army Air Forces857th Bo...
08/24/2020

Help us remember Robert L. Goodson today.
World War II
Service # 37522342
Private First Class, U.S. Army Air Forces
857th Bomber Squadron, 492nd Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered Service From: Kansas
Date of Death: August 24 1944
Buried: Plot F Row 3 Grave 34
Cambridge American Cemetery, United Kingdom

#weremember #wwii #usairforce #kansas

Help us remember Benjamin Garadetsky today.World War IIService # 3200739766th Regiment, 2nd Armored DivisionPrivate Firs...
08/23/2020

Help us remember Benjamin Garadetsky today.
World War II
Service # 32007397
66th Regiment, 2nd Armored Division
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Entered Service From: New York
Date of Death: August 23, 1944
Buried: Plot B Row 14 Grave 6
Normandy American Cemetery, France
Award: Purple Heart

#weremember #wwii #usarmy #newyork

Help us remember Leslie B. Handy today.World War IPrivate, U.S. Army310th Engineer Regiment, 85th DivisionEntered Servic...
08/22/2020

Help us remember Leslie B. Handy today.
World War I
Private, U.S. Army
310th Engineer Regiment, 85th Division
Entered Service From: Michigan
Date of Death: August 22 1918
Buried: Plot B Row 5 Grave 2
Brookwood American Cemetery, United Kingdom

#weremember #wwi #usarmy #michigan

Help us remember William N. Arbuckle today.World War IIService # O-303786Lieutenant Junior Grade U.S. NavyUnited States ...
08/21/2020

Help us remember William N. Arbuckle today.
World War II
Service # O-303786
Lieutenant Junior Grade U.S. Navy
United States Naval Reserve
Entered Service From: Oklahoma
Date of Death: August 21 1945
Buried: Plot A Row 19 Grave 44
Epinal American Cemetery, France
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart

#weremember #wwii #usnavy #oklahoma

Help us remember Ernest Carpenter today.World War ICook, U.S. Army372nd Infantry Regiment, 93rd DivisionEntered Service ...
08/20/2020

Help us remember Ernest Carpenter today.
World War I
Cook, U.S. Army
372nd Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division
Entered Service From: Ohio
Date of Death: August 20 1918
Buried: Plot G Row 28 Grave 26
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, France

#weremember #wwi #usarmy #ohio

Help us remember William S. Vanselow today.World War IIService # O-435814Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air ForcesHeadquar...
08/19/2020

Help us remember William S. Vanselow today.
World War II
Service # O-435814
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Headquarters, Tenth Air Force
Entered Service From: Ohio
Date of Death: August 19 1942
Buried: Plot G Row 1 Grave 12
North Africa American Cemetery, Tunisia

#weremember #wwii #usairforce #ohio

Help us remember Charles J. Laudemann today.World War IIService # 35357350Private, U.S. Army30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd ...
08/18/2020

Help us remember Charles J. Laudemann today.
World War II
Service # 35357350
Private, U.S. Army
30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
Entered Service From: Indiana
Date of Death: August 18 1943
Buried: Plot D Row 11 Grave 17
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Award: Purple Heart

#weremember #wwii #usarmy #indiana

On August 15, we commemorated the dedication of Brookwood American Cemetery. The cemetery, dedicated in 1956, is the fin...
08/17/2020

On August 15, we commemorated the dedication of Brookwood American Cemetery. The cemetery, dedicated in 1956, is the final resting place of 468 heroes who gave their all, with 563 additional names recorded on the Walls of the Missing. Most of those remembered here perished in Great Britain or its surrounding waters during the battles of World War I.

Please join us in remembering these heroes today and every day.

For more information about Brookwood American cemetery, you can learn more here; https://bit.ly/321RE0O

This weekend marked the 76th Anniversary of Operation Dragoon. Yesterday, we remembered the service and sacrifice of the...
08/17/2020

This weekend marked the 76th Anniversary of Operation Dragoon. Yesterday, we remembered the service and sacrifice of the more than 1,000 U.S. service members honored at Rhone American Cemetery, France.

🇫🇷 COMMÉMORATIONS DU 16 AOÛT 1944 🇺🇸
Libération de la Ville de Draguignan, Var

Quelques images de la cérémonie intime de ce matin (mesures sanitaires Covid obligent) en honneur des 861 soldats américains morts au combat en 1944 et enterrés dans le sublime Rhône American Cemetery and Memorial de l’American Battle Monuments Commission à Ville de Draguignan.

Merci Fanfare des Ecoles Militaires de Draguignan, Écoles Militaires de Draguignan, Département du Var et Région Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

#WWII #OperationDragoon #DébarquementdeProvence #NeverForget

ICYMI: Yesterday was #NationalAirborneDay! Designated in 2002 by Congress, National Airborne Day honors the nation’s air...
08/17/2020

ICYMI: Yesterday was #NationalAirborneDay! Designated in 2002 by Congress, National Airborne Day honors the nation’s airborne divisions of the Armed Forces.

August 16, 1940, marked the date of the first official Army parachute jump at Ft. Benning, Georgia. The successful jump validated the innovative concept of inserting the United States ground combat forces behind a battle line by parachute.

These individuals represent some of the most prestigious and effectively-trained forces in the United States Army. Join us in celebrating these heroes today, and tag a fellow Sky Soldier in the comments below!

Help us remember Kenneth J. Mears today.World War IIService # 11089582Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces334th Bomber S...
08/17/2020

Help us remember Kenneth J. Mears today.
World War II
Service # 11089582
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
334th Bomber Squadron, 95th Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered Service From: Massachusetts
Date of Death: August 17, 1943
Buried: Plot G Row 3 Grave 16
Florence American Cemetery, Italy
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

#weremember #wwii #usairforce #massachusetts

Help us remember Henry Wikins today.World War IIService # 33781304Private, U.S. Army596th Engineer Company, 517th Parach...
08/16/2020

Help us remember Henry Wikins today.
World War II
Service # 33781304
Private, U.S. Army
596th Engineer Company, 517th Parachute Regiment
Entered Service From: Pennsylvania
Date of Death: August 16 1944
Buried: Plot C Row 11 Grave 3
Rhone American Cemetery, France
Award: Purple Heart

#weremember #wwii #usarmy #pennsylvania

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Following World War I, Congress recognized the need for federal control over the commemoration of American armed forces overseas. On March 4, 1923, President Warren Harding signed legislation that established the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) and made the new agency responsible for the construction of monuments honoring the American Expeditionary Forces. Soon after, Congress directed ABMC to construct memorial chapels in the eight permanent military cemeteries in Europe, which were at the time maintained by the War Department. In 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt issued an Executive Order that shifted the responsibility for the management and maintenance of these hallowed grounds to ABMC.

Final dispositions of the remains of service personnel who died in World War I and World War II were carried out under the provisions of Public Law 389, 66th Congress and Public Law 368, 80th Congress, respectively. These laws entitled the next of kin to select permanent interment of a family member’s remains in an American military cemetery on foreign soil designed, constructed and maintained specifically to honor in perpetuity the dead of these wars. Alternatively, the next of kin could have the remains repatriated to the United States for interment in a national or private cemetery.

The disposition of remains was carried out by the War Department's Graves Registration Service under the Quartermaster General. From time to time ABMC receives requests from relatives asking that the instructions of the next of kin at the time of interment be disregarded. Those making such requests are informed that the decision made by the next of kin at the time of interment is final. After seeing the beauty and immaculate care of ABMC cemeteries, many of these same individuals later tell the ABMC they are pleased the remains have remained in these overseas shrines.

Today, ABMC administers, operates and maintains 26 permanent American burial grounds and 30 separate memorials, monuments and markers, on foreign soil. It also maintains three memorials in the United States. Today there are more than 139,000 American war dead interred in these cemeteries, of which 30,995 are from World War I commemorative cemeteries, 92,936 from World War II commemorative cemeteries, and 750 from the Mexican-American War. Additionally, more than 15,000 American veterans and others are interred in the Mexico City National Cemetery, Corozal American Cemetery and Clark Veterans Cemetery. More than 60,000 American servicemen and women who were missing in action, lost, or buried at sea during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are memorialized by name on stone tablets in ABMC cemeteries and memorials.

World War I Commemorative Program

ABMC’s World War I commemorative program consisted of four major engineering programs:


  • Erecting a non-sectarian chapel in each of the eight military cemeteries on foreign soil established by the War Department to inter the dead of that war;

  • Landscaping each of the cemeteries and installing permanent headstones;

  • Erecting 11 separate monuments and two markers elsewhere in Europe to commemorate significant campaigns and engagements; and

  • Constructing the Allied Expeditionary Forces World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • In 1934 a Presidential Executive Order transferred the eight World War I cemeteries to ABMC and made it responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of future permanent American military burial grounds located in foreign countries. In January 2017, the World War I commemorative program expanded when ABMC acquired its 26th cemetery, the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Cemetery near Paris.

    World War II

    By the end of World War II, the U.S. Army had established several hundred temporary burial grounds around the world. In 1947 the Secretary of the Army and ABMC selected fourteen sites in foreign countries to become permanent American cemeteries. The chosen locations of these cemeteries corresponded with the course of military operations. They were turned over to ABMC after the interments had been completed by the Graves Registration Service, which was part of the U.S. Army. The configuration of the burials was proposed by an ABMC-appointed cemetery architect and approved by ABMC. After the war all temporary cemeteries not designated as permanent were disestablished by the War Department, and the remains permanently interred in accordance with the directions of the next of kin. In a few instances the next of kin requested that isolated burials be left undisturbed. In these cases, the next of kin assumed responsibility for the care of the grave.

    As was the case with World War I cemeteries, the World War II cemeteries were permanent military burial grounds granted in perpetuity by respective host countries free of charge or taxation. Except in the Philippines, burial in these cemeteries is limited by agreement with the host country to members of the U.S. armed forces who died overseas during the war. American civilian technicians, Red Cross workers and entertainers serving the military were treated as if members of the armed forces when determining eligibility for burial. The agreement with the Republic of the Philippines permitted members of the Philippine Army that fought with the U.S. armed forces in the Philippines and died to be interred or memorialized in the Manila American Cemetery. ABMC’s World War I and World War II cemeteries are closed to further burials, except for the remains of American war dead recovered from time to time in the battle areas.

    World War II Commemorative Program

    ABMC’s World War II commemorative program consisted of:


  • Constructing 14 permanent American military cemeteries on foreign soil;

  • Constructing monuments, memorials and markers on foreign soil; and

  • Constructing three memorials in the United States
  • In addition to landscaped grave areas and nonsectarian chapels, the World War II cemeteries contain memorials, sculpture(s), battle maps and narratives depicting the course of the war in the region, and a visitor reception area.

    Headstones

    Each grave site for the World War I and World War II cemeteries is marked by a headstone of pristine white marble. Headstones of those of the Jewish faith are tapered marble shafts surmounted by a Star of David. Stylized marble Latin crosses mark all others. Annotated on the headstones of the World War I servicemen who could not be identified is: "Here Rests in Honored Glory an American Soldier Known but to God.” The words "American Soldier" were changed to "Comrade in Arms" on the headstones of the unidentified of World War II.

    Memorials Built by ABMC

    Three memorials in Washington, D.C. – the American Expeditionary Forces Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the World War II Memorial – were established by ABMC and are now administered by the National Park Service.

    Commission Structure

    The policy making body of ABMC consists of 11 commissioners appointed by the President of the United States for an indefinite term. They serve without compensation, and meet with the professional staff of ABMC twice annually. ABMC has approximately 400 full-time civilian employees. Eighty of these are U.S. citizens of which more than 50 serve overseas. The remaining civilian employees are non-U.S. citizens from the countries where ABMC sites are located.

    ABMC headquarters is located in Arlington, Va. A Paris-based office has operational responsibility for ABMC’s overseas cemeteries and memorials. Cemetery superintendents and their assistants are selected for their commitment to the heritage they honor. They do this by communicating the stories of the fallen that are buried or memorialized in our cemeteries to the public. They supervise staff that maintains the physical features, utilities and horticultural elements of the site ensuring the grounds remain in pristine condition.

    Chairmen

    General of the Armies John J. Pershing was appointed to the newly-formed ABMC in 1923 by President Warren G. Harding, and was elected chairman by the other members. He served as chairman until his death in 1948. He was succeeded by Gen. George C. Marshall. Following Gen. Marshall's death in 1959, Gen. Jacob L. Devers became chairman. He was succeeded by Gen. Mark W. Clark in 1969. Gen. Clark died in 1984, and Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster was elected the following year. Gen. P. X. Kelley succeeded Gen. Goodpaster in 1991. Gen. Frederick F. Woerner became chairman in 1994. Gen. Kelley returned to ABMC in August 2001, succeeding Gen. Woerner. In 2005, Gen. Frederick M. Franks, Jr., assumed the chairmanship, and served until January 2009. Gen. Merrill A. McPeak was elected chairman in June 2011, and served until January 2018. David J. Urban was appointed to the board in May 2018, and then appointed as the eleventh chairman of ABMC in July 2018.

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    Dear American friends, I was yesterday with my grandson at the Brittany American cemetery and memorial of Saint James France, to pay tribute to all these men who gave their lives for our freedom...Moment of deep emotion and meditation in front of theses 4410 graves. All our gratitude to these brave men and to all the Allied soldiers who gave their lives
    This Sunday, Mons Devoir de Mémoire, organizer of TANKSINTOWN, will pay tribute to Platoon Sergeant Pol Faircloth , ( http://www.36air-ad.com/names/serial/14038499 ) of the 3rd Armored Division killed in the Mons pocket on the morning of September 3, by an mortar shell during saving the life of other soldiers. A wreath will be solemnly laid at the spot where Pol Faircloth was killed while trying to save his friends who came to his aid. R.I.P, Pol we do not forget you. Pierre DEGHAYE Mons Duty of Memory Team.
    The “Wall of the Missing“ at the Normandy American Cemetery can be viewed on the Leopoldville.org memorial website.
    Hi, we enjoyed our visit to your cemetery in Normandy on July 23rd 2020. We were however appalled by the way the (moody) lady at the restroom area showed us the door at 18:05. We were summoned to leave the cemetery at 18:00 which we respected, but we had a long trip ahead od us and my 2 young daughters needed to go to the bathroom quite urgently. Perhaps the lady at the restrooms should be asked to keep the restroom open until 18:15 for people leaving the cemetery at 18:00? Or otherwise tell people to leave by 17:45? This would seem like a normal service to us. Kind regards, Daan Dullaert
    I am trying to get a photo of the grave of Staff Sergeant George Vileno in the Lorraine Cemetery. His service # is 32002480. He is in plot D row 33 grave 32. Date of death is April 18, 1945. His unborn daughter never got to meet him and his family would love to see it. Thanks for any help you can provide.
    LOOKING FOR ALBERT AND LAYTON BRUCHERT MEMORIALS AT MANILA AMERICAN CEMETARY
    My grandfather's twin brother who was born in 1888, died one day after his 30th birthday on October 5, 1918 in Brest, France while serving in WWI. His body didn't come back to his hometown of Coin, Iowa until June of 1921---2 years and 8 months later. My father had told me he thought his uncle had been originally buried over in France and through some research I found out that was very typical and that a couple years later, the War Department had given families the option to have their loved one exhumed and brought back for burial at home, or the government would pay to have family travel there to see their loved one's place of rest. Can anyone tell me where I would find out where my grandfather's uncle was originally buried in France? My father made it to many of those cemeteries in France before his death and I would like to see if he happened to visit where his uncle had been. I also would like to make that trip someday. HIs name was John Earl Hayner form Iowa. Thank you!
    Can you provide the link to the Normandy Webcam I can not find it any where any more.
    To The Grandfather I Never Knew: Thank you for your service. Everett Clark is my mother's father who was killed in action on January 1, 1945 in Belgium during The Battle of The Bulge. Buried in Luxembourg American Cemetery. Freedom's Never Free.
    Help us remember Richard D. Wright World War II Service # O-808209 2LT US Army Air Force 367 Bomb SQ 306 Bomb GP/H/ Date of death January 11, 1944 Buried: Plot H, Row 7, Grave 5 American Cemetery Margraten The Netherlands