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Nobody deserves to be forgotten

Both 2019 and 2020 were remarkable years. During these years, people from all over the world commemorated and celebrated the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The end of the war in the Netherlands came closer when U.S. soldiers crossed the border near the town of Mesch on September 12, 1944, which became the first town to be liberated. However, it would take until May 5, 1945 before the country was fully liberated. And that liberation came at a heavy price for those who fought for it. That is why we say thank you to our American liberators who have been buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in the town of Margraten. We pay tribute to them by decorating their graves and names on the Walls of the Missing with their personal photos. Join us in our quest for the missing faces and help to remember to those who sacrificed their all for our freedom.


10,000 soldiers

On the American War Cemetery and Memorial Netherlands in Margraten, the Netherlands, over 10,000 American soldiers either have been buried or are memorialized on the Walls of The Missing. On these Walls of the Missing, one can find the names of 1,722 American soldiers whose bodies have not been recovered. The names of those whose bodies were recovered after ara marked by a rozet. In the cemetery 8,291 soldiers have been buried. In 40 cases two brothers have been buried together. Among those buried in the cemetery are also 4 women. Moreover, 6 soldiers who were awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. military award, have been buried in Margraten. Major General Maurice C. Rose, commander of the 3rd Armored Division is the highest in rank. Willis A. Utecht was buried in the cemetery in September 1994, making him the last soldier to be buried there.

A list with the names of all American soldiers who have been buried in or are memorialized on the Margraten Cemetery can be found on the website of the American Battle Monuments Commission, the U.S. government agency that maintains all overseas U.S. Cemeteries, which can be reached at More information and, in many cases, photos of the soldiers can also be found in the Fields of Honor - Database. We have selected the photos of some of them below. Click on their photos to read more about them in the Fields of Honor - Database. Are you still looking for a photo?

10,000 names, 10,000 faces: a selection

ADAIR William E MAR-G-5-9 02 BALDRY Floyd M MAR BARRY John K MAR-D-6-10 02 
Pvt William E. Adair  Sgt Floyd M. Baldry  Sgt John K. Barry
BOOK Sterling H Jr MAR-WOM 02 BURDGE Dorothy J MAR-B-7-4 02 CLABAUGH Paul H MAR-WOM 02
 2LT Sterling H. Book Jr.  Dorothy J. Burdge  S/Sgt Paul H. Clabaugh
HARPER Walter B MAR-D-16-4 02 HARTMANN Thomas E JR MAR-C-11-20 04 INGWERSON Lowell J MAR-A-19-2 03
T/5 Walter B. Harper Pfc Thomas E. Hartmann Jr Pfc Lowell J. Ingwerson
JOHNSTON William J MAR-I-9-16 02 Lajkowicz Joseph F 02 lichten leo 02
1LT William J. Johnston S/Sgt Joseph F. Lajkowicz Pfc Leo Lichten
MARCALETTI Angelo P MAR-N-1-11 02 WOLF Henry W MAR-K-2-22 02 MORRIS Robert F MAR-L-4-2 02
T/5 Angelo P. Marcaletti Pfc Henry W. Wolf 2LT Robert F. Morris
PASTRAS Peter A MAR-M-10-9 02 POTTS William D MAR-H-18-3 02 RISO Peter J MAR-C-9-28 03
1LT Peter A. Pastras Pfc William D. Potts Pvt Peter J. Riso
SMITH Don MAR-A-16-28 02 SMITH Robert O MAR-M-18-12 02 TUCK George E MAR-L-13-18 02
1LT Don Smith S/Sgt Robert O. Smith T/5 George E. Tuck
WADE Henry H MAR-K-1-17 02  
Pfc Henry H. Wade    


Would you like to contribute to keeping the memory alive? By donating just 12.50 dollars, you will enable us to give a face to one soldier. You can directly donate 12.50 dollars via your credit card or PayPal by clicking the button below. Click here if you want to read more or donate another amount. Thank you for your support!