American Battle Monuments Commission

American Battle Monuments Commission ABMC commemorates the sacrifice of U.S. armed forces, and manages 26 overseas military cemeteries, and 32 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 fo

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 fo

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Today we remember Russell F. Ocenosek.World War IIDate of Death: Aug. 19, 1944Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army 28th Infantr...
08/19/2021

Today we remember Russell F. Ocenosek.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 19, 1944
Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army
28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division
Entered Service From: Wisconsin
Brittany American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot J Row 13 Grave 22
Award: Purple Heart
Service # 16005944
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #Wisconsin

Today we remember Russell F. Ocenosek.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 19, 1944
Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army
28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division
Entered Service From: Wisconsin
Brittany American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot J Row 13 Grave 22
Award: Purple Heart
Service # 16005944
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #Wisconsin

Today we remember Philip W. Manning.World War IIDate of Death: Aug. 18, 1944Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces434th...
08/18/2021

Today we remember Philip W. Manning.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 18, 1944
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
434th Fighter Squadron, 479th Fighter Group
Entered Service From: Texas
Lorraine American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot K Row 40 Grave 18
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
Service # O-763274
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #Texas

Today we remember Philip W. Manning.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 18, 1944
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
434th Fighter Squadron, 479th Fighter Group
Entered Service From: Texas
Lorraine American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot K Row 40 Grave 18
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
Service # O-763274
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #Texas

Today we remember John B. Greene Sr.World War IIDate of Death: Aug. 17, 1945Private First Class, U.S. Army148th Infantry...
08/17/2021

Today we remember John B. Greene Sr.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 17, 1945
Private First Class, U.S. Army
148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division
Entered Service From: South Carolina
Manila American Cemetery, Philippines
Buried: Plot G Row 12 Grave 4
Award: Bronze Star
Service # 44027461
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #SouthCarolina

Today we remember John B. Greene Sr.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 17, 1945
Private First Class, U.S. Army
148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division
Entered Service From: South Carolina
Manila American Cemetery, Philippines
Buried: Plot G Row 12 Grave 4
Award: Bronze Star
Service # 44027461
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #SouthCarolina

Today we remember Joseph McLaughlin.World War IDate of Death: Aug. 16, 1918Private First Class, U.S. Army 107th Infantry...
08/16/2021

Today we remember Joseph McLaughlin.
World War I
Date of Death: Aug. 16, 1918
Private First Class, U.S. Army
107th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division
Entered Service From: New York
Flanders Field American Cemetery, Belgium
Buried: Plot C Row 2 Grave 1
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWI #NewYork

Today we remember Joseph McLaughlin.
World War I
Date of Death: Aug. 16, 1918
Private First Class, U.S. Army
107th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division
Entered Service From: New York
Flanders Field American Cemetery, Belgium
Buried: Plot C Row 2 Grave 1
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWI #NewYork

Today we remember George C. Arsenault.World War IIDate of Death: Aug. 15, 1944Sergeant, U.S. Army 7th Infantry Regiment,...
08/15/2021

Today we remember George C. Arsenault.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 15, 1944
Sergeant, U.S. Army
7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
Entered Service From: Maine
Rhone American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot A Row 2 Grave 25
Award: Purple Heart
Service # 31398687
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #Maine

Today we remember George C. Arsenault.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 15, 1944
Sergeant, U.S. Army
7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
Entered Service From: Maine
Rhone American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot A Row 2 Grave 25
Award: Purple Heart
Service # 31398687
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #Maine

Today we remember William Johnson.World War IDate of Death: Aug. 14, 1918Private, U.S. Army 367th Infantry Regiment, 92n...
08/14/2021

Today we remember William Johnson.
World War I
Date of Death: Aug. 14, 1918
Private, U.S. Army
367th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Division
Entered Service From: California
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot D Row 42 Grave 29
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWI #California

Today we remember William Johnson.
World War I
Date of Death: Aug. 14, 1918
Private, U.S. Army
367th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Division
Entered Service From: California
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot D Row 42 Grave 29
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWI #California

Today we remember Emilio C. Laquidara.World War IIDate of Death: Aug. 13, 1944Private, U.S. Army 36th Armored Infantry R...
08/13/2021

Today we remember Emilio C. Laquidara.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 13, 1944
Private, U.S. Army
36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Division
Entered Service From: New York
Netherlands American Cemetery, Netherlands
Buried: Plot O Row 20 Grave 16
Award: Purple Heart
Service # 42051583
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #NewYork

Today we remember Emilio C. Laquidara.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 13, 1944
Private, U.S. Army
36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Division
Entered Service From: New York
Netherlands American Cemetery, Netherlands
Buried: Plot O Row 20 Grave 16
Award: Purple Heart
Service # 42051583
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #NewYork

Today we remember Alfonzo McKissack.World War IIDate of Death: Aug. 12, 1945Private, U.S. Army 4410th Quartermaster Serv...
08/12/2021

Today we remember Alfonzo McKissack.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 12, 1945
Private, U.S. Army
4410th Quartermaster Service Company
Entered Service From: Tennessee
Epinal American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot A Row 29 Grave 63
Service # 34326135
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #Tennessee

Today we remember Alfonzo McKissack.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 12, 1945
Private, U.S. Army
4410th Quartermaster Service Company
Entered Service From: Tennessee
Epinal American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot A Row 29 Grave 63
Service # 34326135
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #Tennessee

Today we remember Demostene Shimko.World War IDate of Death: Aug. 11, 1918Private, U.S. Army 131st Infantry Regiment, 33...
08/11/2021

Today we remember Demostene Shimko.
World War I
Date of Death: Aug. 11, 1918
Private, U.S. Army
131st Infantry Regiment, 33rd Division
Entered Service From: Illinois
Somme American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot A Row 15 Grave 14
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWI #Illinois

Today we remember Demostene Shimko.
World War I
Date of Death: Aug. 11, 1918
Private, U.S. Army
131st Infantry Regiment, 33rd Division
Entered Service From: Illinois
Somme American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot A Row 15 Grave 14
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWI #Illinois

Today we remember Charles J. Beaudoin.World War IIPrivate, U.S. Army Date of Death: Aug. 10, 1944330th Infantry Regiment...
08/10/2021

Today we remember Charles J. Beaudoin.
World War II
Private, U.S. Army
Date of Death: Aug. 10, 1944
330th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division
Entered Service From: Rhode Island
Brittany American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot L Row 10 Grave 18
Award: Purple Heart
Service # 31446910
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #RhodeIsland

Today we remember Charles J. Beaudoin.
World War II
Private, U.S. Army
Date of Death: Aug. 10, 1944
330th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division
Entered Service From: Rhode Island
Brittany American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot L Row 10 Grave 18
Award: Purple Heart
Service # 31446910
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #RhodeIsland

Today we remember Lucien J. Bourgoin.World War IIDate of Death: Aug. 9, 1944First Sergeant, U.S. Army Headquarters Detac...
08/09/2021

Today we remember Lucien J. Bourgoin.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 9, 1944
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Headquarters Detachment, Office of Strategic Service
Entered Service From: Massachusetts
Rhone American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot D Row 2 Grave 12
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart
Service # 11087181
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #Massachusetts

Today we remember Lucien J. Bourgoin.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 9, 1944
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Headquarters Detachment, Office of Strategic Service
Entered Service From: Massachusetts
Rhone American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot D Row 2 Grave 12
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart
Service # 11087181
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #Massachusetts

On this day in 1937, both the Audenarde and Kemmel American Monuments, located in Belgium, were officially dedicated. Co...
08/08/2021

On this day in 1937, both the Audenarde and Kemmel American Monuments, located in Belgium, were officially dedicated.
Constructed after World War I, these monuments honor the service, sacrifice and achievements of American troops who fought in the area during the war.

The Kemmel American Monument, located six miles south of Ieper (Ypres), Belgium, pays tribute to the U.S. troops who, in the late summer of 1918, fought nearby in units attached to the British Army.
Some are buried in Flanders Field American Cemetery at Waregem, Belgium, 30 miles to the east.

The Audenarde American Monument is located in the town of Oudenaarde (Audenarde), Belgium, 45 miles west of Brussels.
The monument of golden-yellow limestone, bearing the shield of the United States flanked by two stone eagles, stands at the end of a small park maintained by ABMC.
It commemorates the dedication of the 40,000 American troops who, in October and November 1918, fought in the vicinity as units attached to the Group of Armies commanded by the King of Belgium.

They are two of 32 American Battle Monuments Commission monuments and memorials that honor the service, achievements and sacrifice of U.S. Armed Forces across the globe.

- Learn more about the Audenarde American Monument: www.abmc.gov/Audenarde
- Learn more about the Kemmel American Monument: www.abmc.gov/Kemmel

#WWI #WorldWarI #AmericanHistory #Belgium #Flanders #Ypres #military #veterans #weremember US Embassy Brussels

Today we remember John J. Judefind.World War IIDate of Death: Aug. 8, 1944Sergeant, U.S. Army 508th Parachute Infantry R...
08/08/2021

Today we remember John J. Judefind.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 8, 1944
Sergeant, U.S. Army
508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Entered Service From: Pennsylvania
Normandy American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot I Row 26 Grave 31
Award: Purple Heart
Service # 13154794
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #Pennsylvania

Today we remember John J. Judefind.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 8, 1944
Sergeant, U.S. Army
508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Entered Service From: Pennsylvania
Normandy American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot I Row 26 Grave 31
Award: Purple Heart
Service # 13154794
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #Pennsylvania

Today we remember Heywood Dennis.World War IDate of Death: Aug. 7, 1918Private, U.S. Army 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Di...
08/07/2021

Today we remember Heywood Dennis.
World War I
Date of Death: Aug. 7, 1918
Private, U.S. Army
28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division
Entered Service From: South Carolina
Suresnes American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot B Row 6 Grave 19
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWI #SouthCarolina

Today we remember Heywood Dennis.
World War I
Date of Death: Aug. 7, 1918
Private, U.S. Army
28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division
Entered Service From: South Carolina
Suresnes American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot B Row 6 Grave 19
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWI #SouthCarolina

Lt. Cmdr. Heywood L. Edwards died in #WWII aboard the USS Reuben James, the first U.S. Navy ship to be sunk in the Atlan...
08/06/2021

Lt. Cmdr. Heywood L. Edwards died in #WWII aboard the USS Reuben James, the first U.S. Navy ship to be sunk in the Atlantic during the war.
He competed the 1928 Olympics for the Team USA 🇺🇸🏅 Wrestling team.
He is memorialized at Cambridge American Cemetery, U.K. 🇬🇧

- Learn more about the cemetery: www.abmc.gov/Cambridge
- Learn more about Lt. Cmdr. Heywood L. Edwards: https://www.abmc.gov/decedent-search/edwards%3Dheywood

#Olympics #TokyoOlympics #TeamUSA

Lt. Cmdr. Heywood L. Edwards died in #WWII aboard the USS Reuben James, the first U.S. Navy ship to be sunk in the Atlantic during the war.
He competed the 1928 Olympics for the Team USA 🇺🇸🏅 Wrestling team.
He is memorialized at Cambridge American Cemetery, U.K. 🇬🇧

- Learn more about the cemetery: www.abmc.gov/Cambridge
- Learn more about Lt. Cmdr. Heywood L. Edwards: https://www.abmc.gov/decedent-search/edwards%3Dheywood

#Olympics #TokyoOlympics #TeamUSA

Today we remember James H. Yarbrough.World War IIDate of Death: Aug. 6, 1944Technician Fifth Grade U.S. Army719th Railwa...
08/06/2021

Today we remember James H. Yarbrough.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 6, 1944
Technician Fifth Grade U.S. Army
719th Railway Operating Battalion
Entered Service From: Illinois
Florence American Cemetery, Italy
Buried: Plot H Row 13 Grave 2
Service # 36066116
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #Illinois

Today we remember James H. Yarbrough.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 6, 1944
Technician Fifth Grade U.S. Army
719th Railway Operating Battalion
Entered Service From: Illinois
Florence American Cemetery, Italy
Buried: Plot H Row 13 Grave 2
Service # 36066116
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #Illinois

08/05/2021
ABMC Dedicates the Tours American Monument (1937)

The Tours American Monument was dedicated Aug. 5, 1937. 🇺🇸🇫🇷
It commemorates the efforts of the 650,000 men who served in the Services of Supply during #WWI.
Their work behind the battle lines made possible the achievements of the American Expeditionary Forces on the frontlines.

U.S. Army Col. Clayton J. Mansfield competed as a Team USA modern pentathlon athlete in the 1932 Summer Olympics.A West ...
08/05/2021

U.S. Army Col. Clayton J. Mansfield competed as a Team USA modern pentathlon athlete in the 1932 Summer Olympics.
A West Point - The U.S. Military Academy graduate, 12 years later he would make the ultimate sacrifice as part of the #ArmyTeam during #WWII. 🇺🇸
He now rests at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium.

- Learn more about the cemetery: www.abmc.gov/Henri-Chapelle
- Learn more about Col. Clayton J. Mansfield: https://www.abmc.gov/decedent-search/mansfield%3Dclayton

#Olympics #TokyoOlympics #TeamUSA

U.S. Army Col. Clayton J. Mansfield competed as a Team USA modern pentathlon athlete in the 1932 Summer Olympics.
A West Point - The U.S. Military Academy graduate, 12 years later he would make the ultimate sacrifice as part of the #ArmyTeam during #WWII. 🇺🇸
He now rests at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium.

- Learn more about the cemetery: www.abmc.gov/Henri-Chapelle
- Learn more about Col. Clayton J. Mansfield: https://www.abmc.gov/decedent-search/mansfield%3Dclayton

#Olympics #TokyoOlympics #TeamUSA

Today we remember Jean Van Den Brand.World War IIDate of Death: Aug. 5 1943Merchant Seaman, U.S. Merchant MarineEntered ...
08/05/2021

Today we remember Jean Van Den Brand.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 5 1943
Merchant Seaman, U.S. Merchant Marine
Entered Service From: New York
North Africa American Cemetery, Tunisia
Buried: Plot E Row 1 Grave 8
Service # Z-271543
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #NewYork

Today we remember Jean Van Den Brand.
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 5 1943
Merchant Seaman, U.S. Merchant Marine
Entered Service From: New York
North Africa American Cemetery, Tunisia
Buried: Plot E Row 1 Grave 8
Service # Z-271543
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #NewYork

"2nd Lt. Christensen's leadership, intrepidity, and repeatedly demonstrated gallantry in action at the risk of his life,...
08/04/2021

"2nd Lt. Christensen's leadership, intrepidity, and repeatedly demonstrated gallantry in action at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, exemplify the highest traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces."
He is buried at the #WWII Manila American Cemetery. 🇵🇭🇺🇸

➡ Learn more about the cemetery: www.abmc.gov/Manila

Today we remember Paul J. WaltnerWorld War IIDate of Death: Aug. 4, 1943Private, U.S. Army 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd I...
08/04/2021

Today we remember Paul J. Waltner
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 4, 1943
Private, U.S. Army
15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
Entered Service From: New Jersey
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Italy
Buried: Plot J Row 15 Grave 49
Award: Purple Heart
Service # 32307422
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #NewJersey

Today we remember Paul J. Waltner
World War II
Date of Death: Aug. 4, 1943
Private, U.S. Army
15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
Entered Service From: New Jersey
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Italy
Buried: Plot J Row 15 Grave 49
Award: Purple Heart
Service # 32307422
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWII #NewJersey

Have you been following the Olympics? For more than a week, the world has watched as athletes from across the United Sta...
08/03/2021

Have you been following the Olympics?

For more than a week, the world has watched as athletes from across the United States and around the globe have gathered to compete in the 2020 Olympics.
The Olympic games celebrate athletic excellence, the value of teamwork, sportsmanship, and dedication, and the power of sports to bring nations together.

Excellence, teamwork and dedication are also common themes throughout the lives of the more than 200,000 individuals we honor every day at our sites.
The same drive and passion that motivates competitors on the sports field proved invaluable for many on the battlefield.
Among the many individuals buried or memorialized at ABMC’s 26 cemeteries and 32 monuments are a dozen Team USA Olympians.

“As we join in celebrating the American athletes competing in this year’s games, we want to also recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments of a dozen individuals who competed for, and in many cases won, Olympic medals before they made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country.” said Rob Dalessandro, acting ABMC secretary.

Learn more about these Olympians in the infographic below.

#Olympics #Tokyo2020 #TokyoOlympics #TeamUSA

Have you been following the Olympics?

For more than a week, the world has watched as athletes from across the United States and around the globe have gathered to compete in the 2020 Olympics.
The Olympic games celebrate athletic excellence, the value of teamwork, sportsmanship, and dedication, and the power of sports to bring nations together.

Excellence, teamwork and dedication are also common themes throughout the lives of the more than 200,000 individuals we honor every day at our sites.
The same drive and passion that motivates competitors on the sports field proved invaluable for many on the battlefield.
Among the many individuals buried or memorialized at ABMC’s 26 cemeteries and 32 monuments are a dozen Team USA Olympians.

“As we join in celebrating the American athletes competing in this year’s games, we want to also recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments of a dozen individuals who competed for, and in many cases won, Olympic medals before they made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country.” said Rob Dalessandro, acting ABMC secretary.

Learn more about these Olympians in the infographic below.

#Olympics #Tokyo2020 #TokyoOlympics #TeamUSA

Today we remember Thomas Dabney Kern.World War IDate of Death: Aug. 3, 1918First Lieutenant, U.S. Army 26th Infantry Reg...
08/03/2021

Today we remember Thomas Dabney Kern.
World War I
Date of Death: Aug. 3, 1918
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division
Entered Service From: West Virginia
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot B Row 6 Grave 22
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWI #WestVirginia

Today we remember Thomas Dabney Kern.
World War I
Date of Death: Aug. 3, 1918
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division
Entered Service From: West Virginia
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, France
Buried: Plot B Row 6 Grave 22
www.abmc.gov

#WeRemember #WWI #WestVirginia

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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.

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CIMETIERE AMERICAIN DE SAINT – AVOLD – MOSELLE LE TITRE – 10 489 – Le thème – Conversation entre 3 jeunes américains enterrés au LORRAINE and AMERICAN CEMETERY, et 2 jeunes adolescents nommés CLEMENCE et JULES venant leur rendre hommage... .Hello young people, you often come to visit us, we recognize you . (Bonjour les jeunes, vous venez souvent ns rendre visite, nous vous reconnaissons. ) ( Les jeunes étonnés de ces voix d' outre tombe, tournent la tête, à droite à gauche, derrière eux et demeurent comme pétrifiés ) Do not be afraid, we are not dead, we are sleeping ... ( N' ayez pas peur, on n' est pas mort, on dort...) Cela fait un moment qu'on est là 1944 ou 1945 on croit, Morts à BITCHE, à ST DIE où à SELESTAT L' important est, qu' on soit tous là Qu'on ne nous ai pas séparés, Et si aucun président n'est venu Ni français ni américain, C'est qu'ils n' ont pas eu le temps, Ont- ils dit, Vous voir tous les deux, Fait énormément de bien Croyez le les enfants, Lorsque Franklin, Winston et Charles nous ont appelés On a tout laissé tomber et on est venu pour vous aider On vous à tous aimés comme on a aimé la France...... Les 2 jeunes – CLEMENCE et JULES...remis de leurs émotions... C'est normal qu'on soit là les gars, Maman est né un 6 juin, et , On est pas près d' oublier, que, Grâce à vous on parle français, On pense en français , on lit en français, Grâce à vous, HARRY, LYLE, BRANDON, On peut aussi parler et discuter en anglais Avec vous, qui un jour, Au mépris de votre vie, Etes venus nous libérer, Vous les 10 489, qui dorment ici Et tous les autres, Qui reposent en France, Et aux 4 coins du monde Libérer notre France, notre peuple, Nous libérer du joug d' un sa**ud, Et d' un pauvre mec Qu' on appelait BENITO... Harry, tu a laissé ta ferme du Texas, Tes arbres fruitiers, tes champs de blés, Lyle, tu a laissé tes gosses et ta femme, Que jamais tu n' a revus, sans verser une larme Brandon, tu as délaissé ton hôpital, Tes patients qui comptaient sur toi, Pour venir nous guérir d'une maladie Venue de Germanie D'un fou furieux appelé ADOLF Et d'un autre , MUSSOLINI Aujourd'hui encore on se demande Si une telle chose arrivait, Partout ailleurs dans le monde Nous irions jusqu' à nous déranger. Il y a aujourd'hui, tant de haine, Tant de mépris et de racisme Ici bas sur cette terre, Que l'on dérive tout droit vers le fascisme Mais jamais nous nous ferons à l'idée Que même à l' issue d'une énorme bataille, Que les 6 millions de morts juifs Ne soient comme pour certains, Qu'un simple détail.. Et si toi Harry, si toi LYLE, si toi BRANDON, Nous avez rappelé, que sur BEDLOE'S ISLAND, Un français nommé BARTOLDI vous a offert, Le plus beau des cadeaux, Celui de cette statue de la Liberté, Cette Liberté éclairant le Monde Nous à aussi ouvert les yeux. Et demain, on vous promets, Qu' au moment d' affronter les extrêmes, De vous HARRY, LYLE et BRANDON, Et de tous les autres, Nous nous inspirerons, Et ensemble, ces sa**uds , Qui n' aiment ni les juifs, Les noirs, les musulmans ou les homos, nous vaincrons Et cela sans trembler même..... ARMAND BEHR AVEC Clémence et Jules. ...
Remembering 1st Lt Leo F Baumann on what would of been his 99th birthday. 🇺🇸🙏🇬🇧
Yesterday, the remains of Staff Sergeant Raymond Carlyle Blanton returned to Richmond Virginia. It was the homecoming after 77 years of missing in action for Sergeant Blanton. I have done many years of research supporting DPAA in this case, and it resulted in the identification of 3 soldiers so far. My main focus has been on Sergeant Blanton, as I have become very close to his family over the last 12 years. To see him finally coming home in full military honors is just incredible. He will be buried on July 1st. Welcome home hero. Welcome home Carlyle. https://9thinfantrydivision.net/raymond-c-blanton/
Great People who deserve a lot of honor . Never forget the children who lost their dads during this horrible war 😔
In 1994, the 451st Army Band was selected by the Chief of the Army Reserve to represent the United States Army Reserve at the ceremonies commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Allied Landings in Normandy, France and at ceremonies in Paris. Hymn to the Fallen recorded 17 June 2000 Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota St. Andrew Lutheran Church Choir, Eden Prairie https://www.facebook.com/669891062/videos/10157036981206063/
Remember for them, for us ... D-Day 😢
Good evening, Sorry for my bad Englis, I an in French on Utah Beach an and found today this "plaque d'identité" (in french). At Crisbecq in my land during works in a bunker on the Atlantik Wall
I went to the Brittany American Cemetery today for Memorial Day. It was very disappointing not to see our war graves with American and French flags as on past Memorial Days. Hopefully, this tradition will restart next year after the covid restrictions are lifted.
Spending Memorial weekend honoring our fallen in American Cemeteries in France. First stop, Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial.
Im trying to get a photo of the burial site where my Uncle PFC Edwin Trujillo who died in the March of Bataan June 1942 (he was 19 years old). I have the plot number, row no. etc. He was in the 515th Coastal Artillery Regiment and is buried at the Manila American Cemetery. Taguig City, Philippines
Remembering all who fought for freedom. Grateful.
Nettuno, Italy, july 2020.