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.

Help us remember John Kurtzman today.World War IIService # 8079337Seaman Second Class, U.S. NavyUnited States Naval Rese...
06/12/2020

Help us remember John Kurtzman today.
World War II
Service # 8079337
Seaman Second Class, U.S. Navy
United States Naval Reserve
Entered Service From: Connecticut
Date of Death: June 12, 1944
Buried: Plot C Row 5 Grave 57
Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, United Kingdom

#weremember #wwii #usnavy #connecticut
U.S. Navy Navy Reserve

Help us remember Clifford D. Brown today.World War IIService # 39477077Private First Class, U.S. Army129th Infantry Regi...
06/11/2020

Help us remember Clifford D. Brown today.
World War II
Service # 39477077
Private First Class, U.S. Army
129th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division
Entered Service From: Idaho
Date of Death: June 11, 1945
Buried: Plot D Row 9 Grave 199
Manila American Cemetery
Taguig City, Philippines
Award: Purple Heart

#weremember #wwii #usarmy #idaho
U.S. Army

Help us remember Damon E. Adkins today.World War IIService # O-814623Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces87th Fighter...
06/10/2020

Help us remember Damon E. Adkins today.
World War II
Service # O-814623
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
87th Fighter Squadron, 79th Fighter Group
Entered Service From: West Virginia
Date of Death: June 10, 1944
Buried: Plot F Row 8 Grave 34
Florence American Cemetery
Impruneta, Italy
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal

#weremember #wwii #usairforce #westvirginia
United States Air Force

Help us remember Chester Arthur Burke today.World War IPrivate, U.S. Marine Corps5th USMC Regiment, 2nd DivisionEntered ...
06/09/2020

Help us remember Chester Arthur Burke today.
World War I
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
5th USMC Regiment, 2nd Division
Entered Service From: Connecticut
Date of Death: June 9, 1918
Buried: Plot A Row 11 Grave 82
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery
Belleau, France
Award: French Croix de Guerre

#weremember #wwi #usmc #connecticut
U.S. Marine Corps

Help us remember Melvin H. Gunderman today.World War IIService # 32844939Private U.S. Army6th Infantry Battalion, 1st Ar...
06/08/2020

Help us remember Melvin H. Gunderman today.
World War II
Service # 32844939
Private U.S. Army
6th Infantry Battalion, 1st Armored Division
Entered Service From: New York
Date of Death: June 8 1944
Buried: Plot I Row 1 Grave 28
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Italy
Award: Purple Heart

#weremember #wwii #usarmy #newyork
U.S. Army

Help us remember John M. Musser today.World War IPrivate First Class, U.S. Army6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Divisio...
06/07/2020

Help us remember John M. Musser today.
World War I
Private First Class, U.S. Army
6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Division
Entered Service From: Pennsylvania
Date of Death: June 7, 1918
Buried: Plot D Row 13 Grave 13
Somme American Cemetery
Bony, France

#weremember #wwi #usarmy #pennsylvania
U.S. Army

06/06/2020
American Battle Monuments Commission

Although D-Day is coming to a close, the sun will never set on ABMC's mission to honor and commemorate these heroes. Please view our video from last year's D-Day 75 and help us ensure that time will not dim the glory of their deeds.

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#AloneTogetherWeHonor #WeRemember #Dday

Today, we remember the stories and sacrifices of those who were a part of the Allied landings in Normandy. #DDay75 #USABMC

06/06/2020
Remembering D-Day, 76 years later

On June 6, 1944, at 06:30 a.m., Allied forces landed on France’s Normandy coastline – forever changing the world as we know it. When the dust settled, U.S. forces suffered more than 6,000 casualties, with over 2,000 on Omaha Beach alone. Many of these heroes are now resting at Normandy American Cemetery.

The American Battle Monuments Commission has the distinct privilege of caring for and maintaining their graves, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that time will not dim the glory of their deeds.

Help us remember them today.

#DDay #WWII #AloneTogetherWeHonor

Help us remember Guido F. Gileno today.World War IIService # O-747005Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces455th Bomber...
06/06/2020

Help us remember Guido F. Gileno today.
World War II
Service # O-747005
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
455th Bomber Squadron, 323rd Bomber Group, Medium
Entered Service From: New York
Date of Death: June 6, 1944
Buried: Plot C Row 3 Grave 10
Brittany American Cemetery
Montjoie Saint Martin, France
Awards: Purple Heart, Air Medal

#weremember #wwii #usairforce #newyork
United States Air Force

06/05/2020
U.S. Embassy France

Happy Friday!

Join us along with U.S. Embassy France during their #EmbassyHappyHour for a performance honoring the heroes of June 6, 1944, commemorating the 76th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy Landing.

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Watch our live concert with The Juilliard School in honor of the 76th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy Landing and the lasting friendship between the U.S., France and Europe. This live concert featured classical music by French composer Camille Saint-Saens and American composer Amy Beach performed by Juilliard students Max Tan (violin) and Mackenzie Melemed (piano).

Help us remember Paul Zima today.World War IIService # 16077736Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces349th Bomber Squa...
06/05/2020

Help us remember Paul Zima today.
World War II
Service # 16077736
Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
349th Bomber Squadron, 100th Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered Service From: Illinois
Date of Death: June 5, 1944
Buried: Plot F Row 12 Grave 7
Lorraine American Cemetery
St Avold, France
Awards: Purple Heart, Air Medal

#weremember #wwii #usairforce #illinois
United States Air Force

Help us remember Gordon Hayes today.World War IPrivate, U.S. Army371st Infantry Regiment, 93rd DivisionEntered Service F...
06/04/2020

Help us remember Gordon Hayes today.
World War I
Private, U.S. Army
371st Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division
Entered Service From: South Carolina
Date of Death: June 4, 1918
Buried: Plot B Row 3 Grave 3
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France

#weremember #wwi #usarmy #southcarolina
U.S. Army

Help us remember Robert H. Graves today.World War IIService # 39847014Technician Third Grade, U.S. Army67th General Hosp...
06/03/2020

Help us remember Robert H. Graves today.
World War II
Service # 39847014
Technician Third Grade, U.S. Army
67th General Hospital
Entered Service From: Arizona
Date of Death: June 3, 1945
Buried: Plot F Row 1 Grave 8
Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, United Kingdom

#weremember #wwii #usarmy #arizona
U.S. Army

Starting today, June 2, 2020, ABMC will begin to reopen several of our memorial sites. Moreover, until further notice, a...
06/02/2020
Operational Status Page | American Battle Monuments Commission

Starting today, June 2, 2020, ABMC will begin to reopen several of our memorial sites. Moreover, until further notice, an appointment is required to visit the Normandy American Cemetery. Additionally, in adherence with host-nation guidelines, and for the safety of our visitors and staff, new visitor policies have been implemented.

To see which sites are reopening, make an appointment, or to learn more about our new visitor guidelines, please visit our operational status web page here:

https://www.abmc.gov/operational-status

To check the current operational status of ABMC commemorative sites, please reference the chart below. To book a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery, please use the following link: BOOKING LINK: www.abmc.as.me

Help us remember Jose Bacos today.World War IIService # 10302808Private, U.S. Army12th Medical Regiment, Philippine Scou...
06/02/2020

Help us remember Jose Bacos today.
World War II
Service # 10302808
Private, U.S. Army
12th Medical Regiment, Philippine Scouts
Entered Service From: Philippines
Date of Death: June 2, 1942
Buried: Plot N Row 18 Grave 205
Manila American Cemetery
Taguig City, Philippines

#weremember #wwii #usarmy
U.S. Army

Help us remember Miles Harris Dodge today.World War ISergeant, U.S. Marine Corps5th USMC Regiment, 2nd DivisionEntered S...
06/01/2020

Help us remember Miles Harris Dodge today.
World War I
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
5th USMC Regiment, 2nd Division
Entered Service From: New York
Date of Death: June 1, 1918
Buried: Plot A Row 10 Grave 62
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery
Belleau, France

#weremember #wwi #usmc #newyork
U.S. Marine Corps

Help us remember Richard Wafer Jr. today.World War IPrivate First Class, U.S. Army108th Field Artillery Regiment, 28th D...
05/31/2020

Help us remember Richard Wafer Jr. today.
World War I
Private First Class, U.S. Army
108th Field Artillery Regiment, 28th Division
Entered Service From: Pennsylvania
Date of Death: May 31, 1918
Buried: Plot B Row 2 Grave 5
Brookwood American Cemetery
Woking, United Kingdom

#weremember #wwi #usarmy #pennsylvania
U.S. Army

Help us remember Cameron D. Isaacson today.World War IIService # 37488254Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army1064th Enginee...
05/30/2020

Help us remember Cameron D. Isaacson today.
World War II
Service # 37488254
Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
1064th Engineer Forestry Company
Entered Service From: Nebraska
Date of Death: May 30 1945
Buried: Plot D Row 4 Grave 6
Rhone American Cemetery
Draguignan, France

#weremember #wwii #usarmy #nebraska
U.S. Army

Help us remember William L. Baetzmann today.World War IIService # O-689839Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces522nd F...
05/29/2020

Help us remember William L. Baetzmann today.
World War II
Service # O-689839
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
522nd Fighter Squadron, 27th Fighter Group
Entered Service From: Florida
Date of Death: May 29, 1944
Buried: Plot E Row 3 Grave 30
Florence American Cemetery
Impruneta, Italy
Award: Air Medal, Purple Heart

#weremember #wwii #usairforce #florida
United States Air Force

Help us remember Henry Kuper today.World War IIService # 20705366Private, U.S. Army133rd Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantr...
05/28/2020

Help us remember Henry Kuper today.
World War II
Service # 20705366
Private, U.S. Army
133rd Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division
Entered Service From: Iowa
Date of Death: May 28, 1944
Buried: Plot I Row 1 Grave 65
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Nettuno, Italy
Award: Purple Heart

#weremember #wwii #usarmy #iowa
U.S. Army

Help us remember David S. Jones today.World War IPrivate, U.S. Army25th Aero SquadronEntered Service From: PennsylvaniaD...
05/27/2020

Help us remember David S. Jones today.
World War I
Private, U.S. Army
25th Aero Squadron
Entered Service From: Pennsylvania
Date of Death: May 27, 1918
Buried: Plot D Row 5 Grave 1
Brookwood American Cemetery
Woking, United Kingdom

#weremember #wwi #usarmy #pennsylvania
U.S. Army

Help us remember Lawrence J. Schumann today.World War IIService # 46030043Private, U.S. Army Air Forces368th Bomber Squa...
05/26/2020

Help us remember Lawrence J. Schumann today.
World War II
Service # 46030043
Private, U.S. Army Air Forces
368th Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered Service From: Illinois
Date of Death: May 26, 1946
Buried: Plot B Row 1 Grave 9
North Africa American Cemetery
Tunis, Tunisia

#weremember #wwii #usairforce #illinois
United States Air Force

All 10,011 American heroes commemorated at Netherlands American Cemetery were honored during a special Memorial Day serv...
05/26/2020

All 10,011 American heroes commemorated at Netherlands American Cemetery were honored during a special Memorial Day service, 75 years after the liberation of the country. Surrounded by King Willem-Alexander, GEN Tod Wolters, SACEUR and John Wessels, ABMC chief operating officer, U.S. Ambassador Hoekstra reminded that “we will never forget these American men and women. … They paid the highest price, for their country and our freedom.”

The ceremony can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x87iAwMvds&feature=youtu.be
Please note that the ceremony was hosted on national TV and that English subtitles are not yet available.

#MemorialDay #AloneTogetherWeHonor
Het Koninklijk Huis U.S. European Command (EUCOM) U.S. Embassy The Hague

Koning Willem-Alexander is ter gelegenheid van 75 jaar bevrijding van Nederland aanwezig bij Memorial Day op de Amerikaanse Begraafplaats Margraten. Tijdens Memorial Day herdenken de Verenigde Staten jaarlijks op de laatste maandag in mei al hun omgekomen militairen. De herdenkingsbijeenkomst in Margraten vindt traditiegetrouw plaats op de zondag ervoor. De Koning legt tijdens de herdenking de eerste krans.
Na de ceremonie spreekt Koning Willem-Alexander met de hoofdopzichter van de American Battle Monuments Commission in Margraten en met een Nederlandse gezin dat een graf van een Amerikaanse soldaat heeft geadopteerd. Zij onderhouden contact met de Amerikaanse nabestaanden van de omgekomen soldaat en leggen regelmatig bloemen op het graf.
In 2019 en 2020 viert Nederland 75 jaar vrijheid. Leden van het Koninklijk Huis wonen in dit kader diverse vieringen en herdenkingen bij.

Zie voor meer informatie: https://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/actueel/nieuws/2020/05/18/koning-aanwezig-bij-memorial-day-in-margraten

King Willem-Alexander will attend the Memorial Day ceremony at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. On Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, the United States honours and mourns its fallen soldiers. The commemoration ceremony in Margraten is traditionally held on the preceding Sunday. The King will lay the first wreath during the ceremony.
After the ceremony the King will meet with the superintendent of the American Battle Monuments Commission in Margraten and with a Dutch family that has adopted a grave of an American soldier. The family keeps in contact with the soldier’s descendants and regularly lays flowers on the grave.
Ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands began in 2019 and will continue in the course of 2020. Various of these celebrations and commemorations are attended by members of the Dutch Royal House.

More information: https://www.royal-house.nl/latest/news/2020/05/18/king-to-attend-memorial-day-in-margraten #MemorialDay

Foto’s: ANP & Deswijzen fotografie

05/26/2020
U.S. Embassy to Italy - Ambasciata Americana a Roma

“Today we pay our respects to soldiers, like my uncle, who faced their final moments far from home” – U.S. Ambassador Eisenberg.
His uncle’s sacrifice, as well as that of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed all and are buried in Sicily-Rome and Florence American cemeteries are not forgotten. #AloneTogetherWeHonor #MemorialDay

L'Ambasciatore Lewis M. Eisenberg nel giorno del #MemorialDay:
"Onoriamo i soldati americani che sacrificarono le proprie vite per la loro nazione e per la libertà dell'Europa.
Dalle ceneri di quella dolorosa esperienza, abbiamo forgiato l'amicizia senza eguali che lega oggi Italia e Stati Uniti."

Quest'anno, a causa della pandemia di #COVID19, rendiamo omaggio ai nostri caduti in modo diverso. Ma così come siamo fianco a fianco nella lotta a questa terribile malattia, insieme ricorderemo per sempre il loro sacrificio in nome della libertà e della democrazia.

American Battle Monuments Commission U.S. Consulate General Florence Consolato USA a Milano U.S. Consulate General Naples Ministero della Difesa Italy in US Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale

05/25/2020
U.S. Marine Forces Europe and Africa

Today, the U.S. Marine Forces Europe and Africa paused and paid tribute to the Marines and service members who fought at Belleau Wood and gave their lives for our freedom. Their sacrifice and legacy are remembered at Aisne-Marne and Oise-Aisne American Cemeteries.

#AloneTogetherWeHonor #MemorialDay

The bond between American and French forces remains strong 102 years after the battle of Belleau Wood. Although Marines and Soldiers are not joining their counterparts on the hallowed grounds this year, the spirit of brotherhood continues. Today we honor those who gave their lives for our freedom.

Help us remember John S. Disosway today. World War IIAmerican Red CrossEntered Service From: TexasDate of Death: May 25,...
05/25/2020

Help us remember John S. Disosway today.
World War II
American Red Cross
Entered Service From: Texas
Date of Death: May 25, 1943
Buried: Plot E Row 2 Grave 56
Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, United Kingdom

#weremember #wwii #americanredcross #texas
American Red Cross

05/25/2020
Memorial Day 2020: 75 years after World War II, their sacrifice continues to be remembered

While every day at American Battle Monuments Commission sites is a day of remembrance, Memorial Day remains a special moment when we pause, reflect and join together to ensure that our fallen U.S. service members and their allied partners are never forgotten.

Not since WWII has ABMC had to close its sites on Memorial Day. In keeping with our promise that time shall not dim the glory of their deeds, ABMC and our U.S. European Command and host nation partners, were committed to continue our traditions in whatever form they must take.

As ABMC Secretary William M. Matz remarked, “we might be sheltered alone, but together, we honor them for their ultimate sacrifice on behalf of us all.”

#AloneTogetherWeHonor

05/25/2020
Memorial Day 2020: A tribute to the heroes who fell during World War I

This year, on Memorial Day, we gather virtually to remember our nation’s fallen service members and honor their selfless service, courage, and sacrifice. While we may not be able to gather together this year in remembrance or lay wreaths at their graves, through these virtual ceremonies, we can ensure they are not forgotten.

#AloneTogetherWeHonor

05/24/2020
Memorial Day virtual ceremonies at ABMC

Join us tomorrow, May 25, as we commemorate the lives of our service members during our WWI and WWII Memorial Day virtual ceremony livestreams. While the ceremonies may be different this year, our commitment to honor these amazing men and women will always remain the same.

• WWI Ceremony: 8:00 a.m. (EST)
• WWII Ceremony: 12:00 p.m. (EST)

Help us remember Joseph M. Jenkins today.World War IIService # O-805055First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces364th Fight...
05/24/2020

Help us remember Joseph M. Jenkins today.
World War II
Service # O-805055
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
364th Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group
Entered Service From: Georgia
Date of Death: May 24, 1944
Buried: Plot B Row 17 Grave 33
Normandy American Cemetery
Colleville-sur-Mer, France
Awards: Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

#weremember #wwii #usairforce #georgia
United States Air Force

Help us remember James C. Blackwood today.World War IIService # O-747194First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces704th Bomb...
05/23/2020

Help us remember James C. Blackwood today.
World War II
Service # O-747194
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
704th Bomber Squadron, 446th Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered Service From: Colorado
Date of Death: May 23, 1944
Buried: Plot B Row 32 Grave 51
Epinal American Cemetery
Dinozé, France
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

#weremember #wwii #usairforce #colorado
United States Air Force

05/22/2020
ABMC: the guardian of America’s overseas cemeteries and memorials

Join us on #MemorialDay, at 8 a.m. (EST) to view our WWI Memorial Day ceremony livestream, and 12 p.m. (EST) to view our WWII Memorial Day Ceremony livestream at https://www.facebook.com/usabmc/live/.

Honoring the service, achievements and sacrifice of the more than 200,000 U.S. service members resting or remembered in our American overseas cemeteries, is what the ABMC team does 24/7, 365 days a year. The national and international observance of Memorial Day remains a critical moment for ABMC, as it is a special time when we unite with our sister Department of Defense and State Department agencies, this great nation, and the host countries where our cemeteries are located to honor and remember our fallen.

U.S. European Command (EUCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Help us remember Leonard Diamond today.World War IIService # 11073297Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces6th Photographi...
05/22/2020

Help us remember Leonard Diamond today.
World War II
Service # 11073297
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
6th Photographic Group
Entered Service From: Connecticut
Date of Death: May 22, 1944
Buried: Plot N Row 12 Grave 50
Manila American Cemetery
Taguig City, Philippines
Award: Purple Heart

#weremember #wwii #usairforce #connecticut
United States Air Force

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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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    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
    Memorial Day 2020. 75 year freedom. No visit possible, so hard to believe. 75 year ago these heroes gave us our freedom back. Special thanks to Raymond K Gardner. We adopt Raymond’s grave. Let's hope that we can visit Henri Chapelle soon. We think about you and of course at all of they other heroes.
    In search of a photo of my uncle’s grave. Buried at St Mihiel in France Thank you!
    Thanks for all your help making this film. Thanks for all your help making this film. I have produced a new remastered HD version of "The High Price of Freedom" that is available for everyone to enjoy. Go to my YouTube channel you will see it listed at the top. Enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJysVrwLOI5uYLm5KM8nvvg?
    🇺🇸 March 11, 2020, The association " Les Portes de la Mémoire - The Gates of Memory" from Hellimer (Lorraine-Moselle, France), organize the ceremony for the CFIM of Dieuze, at the Lorraine American Cemetery, saint-Avold for future hires who are in training at the C.F.I.M (Initial Training Center of the Military) of Dieuze. They received the AFFIM (Military Initial Training End Certificate) before returning to their regiment. There was a medal presentation for an act of courage. There was the presence *From a section to the instruction, of the 41st Transmission Regiment. *From a section to training, of the 3rd Engineer Regiment. *From a section to training, of the 41st Regiment of Dragons. *A Colors Guard of Ramstein Air Force Base (Germany) *the ceremony was conducted by a CFIM CNE. With the presence of : *CFIM Chief of Staff *Head EIB *OSA CDT *With the presence of a delegation of officers without troops. *From a small delegation of unsealed executives from the regiments of the different sections. *From the family of the sponsor of the promotion. *Flag Bearers (1 resp + 8) of the patriotic associations of Saint-Avold and its surroundings. * AMMAC. * UIACAL. * French Remembrance of Faulquemont. * Les Portes de la Mémoire - The Gates of Memory. After giving the honors (Ringing to the Dead, National Anthems) to these men and women who rest at the Lorraine American Cemetery. The device took its place for a parade by singing inside the American Cemetery Until the Exit. We Thanks the lorraine American Cemetery for welcoming us and to all CFIM officers and officials. We Thanks The Officer Commander of Ramstein Air Force Base, for his Colors Guard who enhanced the ceremony. Guy Reichert -------------------------------------------------------------------- 🇫🇷 Le 11 Mars 2020, l'association " Les Portes de la Mémoire - The Gates of Memory" de Hellimer (Lorraine-Moselle, France), à organiser pour le CFIM de Dieuze, au Lorraine American Cemetery, de Saint-Avold, pour les futurs engager qui sont à l'instruction au C.F.I.M (Centre de Formation Initiale du Militaire) de Dieuze. Ils ont Reçut l'AFFIM (Attestation de fin de Formation Initiale Militaire) avant de retrouver leur régiment. Il y a eu une remise de médaille pour un acte de courage. Il y avait la présence *D'une section à l’instruction, du 41e Regiment de Transmission. *D'une section à l’instruction, du 3e Regiment de Génie. *D'une section à l’instruction, du 41e Regiment de Dragons. *D'une colors Guard Américaine venue de Ramstein Air Force Base (Allemagne) la cérémonie etait sous la conduite d'un CNE du CFIM. Avec la presence : *Du Chef de Corps du CFIM. *Chef BEI *CDT de l'OSA *Avec la présence d'une délégation de cadres sans troupe. *D'une petite délégation de cadre sans troupe des régiments des différentes sections. *De la famille du parrain de la promotion. *Des Portes drapeaux (1resp + 8) des associations patriotiques de Saint-Avold et ses environs. * de l'AMMAC. * de l'UIACAL. * du Souvenir Français de Faulquemont. * des Portes de la Mémoire - The Gates of Memory. Après avoir rendus les honneurs ( Sonnerie aux Morts, hymnes Nationaux) à ces hommes et à ces femmes qui reposent aux Lorraine American Cemetery. Le dispositif a pris places pour un défilé en chantant à l'intérieur du Cimetière américain Jusqu'à la sortie. Nous Remercions les responsables du Lorraine American Cemetery de nous avoir chaleureusent acceuillis et à tous les officiers et responsables du CFIM. Nous remercions l'officier Commandant de Ramstein Air Force base pour sa Colors Guard qui a su rehaussé la cérémonie. Guy Reichert
    Today,i dd get a dubious message from the Dutch Adoption Comite Margraten cemetery. i did requested to have the grave of Capt. Donald R. Emerson,to be adopted by us. Previously it was adopted by my Mom,who passed away,in 2016. A member of the Dutch Adoption Comite,did approved my request that there would be a name change,and the adoptiongrave was put on our name. Did received the original adoption Certificate,in December. And now,after requesting an Commemorationcertificates,from the adopted graves, that I received yesterday,I discovered,there was no Commemoration certificate in the enveloppe from the grave of Capt. Donald R. Emerson. i did asked questions about this,and here is the strange reaction: Dear Mr. de Wilde, Great that the items have arrived and also relatively quickly. Have fun with the certificates and pins. Regarding the certificate for Emerson, we have kept to our database. The entry as it is now in our adoption register is maintained. I understand that there are some complicated family circumstances, but as a foundation we want to stay out of that. You will have to solve that yourself. I am counting on you to understand this. Sincerely Ton Hermes Chairman Foundation Adoption Graves American Cemetery Margraten Reallly,is the way the adoption Comite,works,letting a grave adopted by an deceased person,instead of according the so called rules,they have inform them,so that the grave can be transfeerd to a familymember.And when do this,some other member seems to have another point of view,about their so called rules.
    🇫🇷 Le 18 Novembre 2019, j'étais présent pour accueillir les Vétérans de la 95th Infantry Division et l'association Lorraine/États-Unis au Lorraine American Cemetery, à Saint-Avold. 🇺🇸 November 18, 2019, I was there to welcome the Veterans of the 95th Infantry Division and the Lorraine/Etats-Unis Association to Lorraine American Cemetery in Saint-Avold.
    12 years ago we started a joint ride with 9 other countries called the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride to Remember all the Fallen Warriors, Our GREAT friends in Italy, Agostino Cassoni and the I Neroniani Moto Club have offered to put flowers on known loved ones that might be buried in the American Cemetery in Anzio, Italy. If any of our Riders, Supporters or Followers have loved ones at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, near Anzio, Italy, please let us know, and we will pass it on to them .... I nostri grandi amici in Italia, Agostino e Neroniani Moto Club hanno offerto di mettere i fiori sul noto cari Guerrieri Caduti sepolti nel cimitero americano di Anzio, Italia. Se uno qualsiasi dei nostri i motociclisti, sostenitori o seguaci che hanno i guerrieri caduti sepolti là, fatecelo sapere e noi passerà sulla loro info … Thank You Agostino !