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The Purple Heart
The Purple Heart    

82nd Airborne WW II Wall of the Missing

S/Sgt Leon E Baldwin
Major William R Carpenter
Sgt Robert G Dew
Pvt Richard H Gentzel
Pfc Thurman C Hamilton
Pfc Gerald W Kight
Pvt Baptist J Massar
S/Sgt David Rosenkrantz
Pvt William L Sandoval
Cpl David S Stanford

War Memorials
Netherlands Cemetery

Besides assisting those seeking information on any individual interred or memorialized at one of the many sites around the world the American Battle Monument Commission also provides a searchable database for American Armed Services Personnel that are interred or memorialized at one of these sites.

(Picture: right)  On the one year anniversary of the liberation of Nijmegeen, an 82nd Airborne Honor Guard salutes the troopers left behind at Molenhoeck Cemetery.

(Source: "Saga of the All-Americans")

  The NETHERLANDS CEMETERY is the only American military cemetery in the Netherlands and resides in the village of Margraten, 6 miles east of Maastricht. The tall memorial tower can be seen before  reaching the site which covers 65 1/2 acres. From the cemetery entrance the visitor is led to the  Court of Honor with its pool reflecting the tower. To the right and left, respectively, are the visitors' building and the museum containing three large engraved maps with texts depiciting the military operations of the American Armed Forces.

Stretching along the side of the Court are the two Walls of the Missing on which are recorded the names  of 1,722 who gave their lives in the service of their Country but who rest in unknown graves. Beyond the tower containing the chapel is the burial area, divided into 16 plots, where rest 8,301 of our military Dead, their headstones set in long curves. A wide tree-lined mall leads to the flagstaff which crowns the crest.

The light fixture in the chapel, and the altar candelabra and flowerbowl were presented by the Government of the Netherlands and by the local Provincial administration.

(Source: American Battle Monuments Commission)

R E L A T E D   B O O K S

Badsey , Stephen & Chandler, David G (Editor)  Arnhem 1944: Operation "Market Garden" (Campaign No.24) 1993 96p. ISBN: 1855323028
96p. ISBN: 1855323028
Bando, Mark A  Avenging Eagles: Forbidden tales of the 101st Airborne in World War 2. Bando Publishing, (2006) 183 p. ISBN: 0977911705
Bando, Mark A  101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy. Zenith Press, (Apr 2001) 156 p. ISBN: 0760308551
Bando, Mark A  Vanguard of the Crusade: The US 101st Airborne Division in WW II. The Aberjona Press, (June 2003) 320 p. ISBN: 0971765006
Bowen, Robert 101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy. Motorbooks International, (April 15,2001) 156 p. ISBN: 1853674656
Breuer, William B Geronimo! American Paratroopers in WWII. New York: St. Martin Press, 1989 621 p. ISBN: 0-312-03350-8
Broumley, Jim T The Boldest Plan is the Best: The Combat History of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion during WWII. Rocky Marsh Publishing,(Aug 29 2011) 336 p. ISBN: 0983963215
Burriss, T Moffatt  Strike and Hold: A Memoir of the 82nd Airborne in WW II Brasseys, Inc, 256 pp August,2000 ISBN: 1574882589
Carter, Ross S  Those Devils in Baggy Pants  Buccaneer Books, Reprint,1996 ISBN: 0899666132
Gavin, James M.  On to Berlin : Battles of an Airborne Commander, 1943-1946 ISBN: 0670525170
Kershaw, Alex The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of WWII's Most Decorated Platoon Da Capo Press, 288 pp November 30, 2004 ISBN: 0306813041
O'Donnell, Patrick K. Beyond Valor  Free Press, 2001, 384 p. ISBN: 0684873842
Ryan, Cornelius  A Bridge Too Far 670 p. ISBN: 0684803305
Verier, Mike  82nd Airborne Division in Colour Photographs  (Europa Militaria, No 9) ISBN: 187 200 4857
Wildman, John B All Americans 82nd Airborne. Meadowlands Militaria, 6/83 ISBN:091 208 1007

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