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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.

 

Contact

If you have questions about the project The Faces of Margraten please contact us by sending us an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will try to answer your question as soon as possible. However, you also might find the answer to your question on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you are looking for information about an American soldier who has been buried in or memorialized at the Margraten Cemetery, please visit our Fields of Honor - Database. In this online database, you can find information about thousands of soldiers. You can visit our database at www.fieldsofhonor-database.com. If you would like to find out whether a particular grave or name on the Walls of the Missing has been adopted, then please contact the Stichting Adoptie Graven Amerikaanse Begraafplaats Margraten (Foundation for Adopting Graves American Cemetery Margraten). They maintain the Adopt-A-Grave program for the cemetery. They can be reached at www.adoptiegraven-margraten.nl. We, the Fields of Honor Foundation, do not maintain any of the Adopt-A-Grave programs. Our main focus is on conducting research on the soldiers.

You can of course also send us a letter:

Fields of Honor Foundation
Coehoornsingel 26-17
9711 BS Groningen
The Netherlands

Help to remember!

IMG 9565It is because of the sacrifices of people like those who have been buried in and memorialized at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten that we have been able to live in peace for more than 75 years. That is why we remember them. The The Faces of Margraten is a tribute to all of them. We put a face to their names by decorating their graves and the Walls of the Missing with their photos every two years. Help us to find their faces! Learn more on this page about how you can become a part.

Names without a face

So far, we have found the faces of over 8,000 soldiers. This means, on the other hand, that the faces of about 1,900 soldiers continue to be missing. Please join us on our quest for these faces. You can find a map here to find out which soldiers in your community do not yet have a photo. We will regularly update this list.

Where to start?

Any research starts with some basic information, including a soldier's name, his hometown, and the names of his relatives. This allows you to narrow your research down and gives you a good start. You might find more information on relatives in the white pages or in obituaries. Local newspapers and libraries are often willing to help or even have information in their archives. The same goes for local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War posts. Another place to start could be the veterans' association of a unit. For some basic information on a soldier, please visit their memorial page in the Fields of Honor - Database.

Iff you have a personal photo of any of the soldiers who have been either buried in or memorialized at the Margraten Cemetery, please let us know. Information will also be stored in the foundation's Fields of Honor - Database. In this database, information can be found about the soldiers who have been either buri ed in or memorialized on the American War Cemeteries in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.However, please only submit photos that are in your own possession or for which you have acquired permission to submit them to the project from the original source if you do not own the photo.

You can directly submit photos and other information by sending us an email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you prefer to send us a (copy of) a photo to us through regular mail, please use the address below. Please clearly state if the photo is the original copy. In that case, we will make sure to return the photo to you as soon as it has been scanned for our project.

Fields of Honor Foundation
Coehoornsingel 26-17
9711 BS Groningen
The Netherlands

If you are not sure whether you have a relative who has been buried in the Margraten Cemetery, you can search the burial listings for this cemetery, and others, on the website of the American Battle Monuments Commission: www.abmc.gov.

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 www.abmc.gov. 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    

Sponsors

The Stichting Verenigde Adopanten Amerikaanse Oorlogsgraven (Foundation United Adopters American War Graves) would like the following organizations that have committed themselves to The Faces of Margraten as our main sponsors. Of course, we would also like to express our thanks to all individuals who have donated to the project and, by doing so, have contributed to our efforts to give a face to our American liberators more than 70 years after the end of World War II.

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A word of thanks is also due for our other sponsors:


The foundation would also like to thank the following organizations and people for contributing to and supporting The Faces of Margraten tribute in a variety of ways:

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We are grateful for the financial support of several organizations, which has enabled the Dutch non-profit Fields of Honor Foundation to set up this new project in 2015. After the first successful edition of The Faces of Margraten tribute in 2015 we have continued our quest for photos to give a face to even more soldiers. We ask for your support to be able to continue our work, all done by volunteers, in honoring these soldiers. By donating just 12.50 dollars to the project, for example, you enable us to buy one photo display and have a soldier's photo printed. Will you support us?

You can make a donation using your own creditcard or through PayPal, one of the world's safest payment methods. If you would like to donate, please choose the amount of your liking. We thank you for your support!


 

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  • News

    Through this page as well as through our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter, we will keep you up-to-date on the most recent developments. Thus if you are interested in learning more about the project The Faces of Margraten, please come back to this page or follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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  • About the project

    On the pages below, you will be able to find more information about the project The Faces of Margraten. This concerns information about the project itself as well as some background information about the American War Cemetery and Memorial the Netherlands in Margraten. As soon as we have more information about the project, we will make sure that this section of the website will be updated. The most recent and most important updates will also be posted in the news section of this website. Moreover, you can also follow us on Twitter and on Facebook to get the latest news on your timeline.

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  • Ceremony

     

     

  • 2015

    IMG 2919-2The graves and names on the Walls of the Missing of approximately 3,300 U.S. soldiers were decorated with a personal photo from May 2-5, 2015. For the first time in the cemetery's history, these soldiers were given a face. About 25,000 people visited the tribute in 2015 and brought about 4,000 bouquets of flowers with them. Were you not able to visit the cemetery? Or do you simply want to relive the tribute? On this page you will find a recollection of the first edition of The Faces of Margraten tribute.

  • 2016

    FCS 1840 2The Faces of Margraten took place for the second time from May 1-5, 2016. The photos of about 4,060 soldiers who have been either buried in or memorialized at the Netherlands American War Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten, the Netherlands were on display during these five days. This meant that approximately 800 additional photos were on display in comparison to the 2015 tribute. About 22,500 people paid their respects during the 2016 tribute. Together with us they embraced our freedom! On the pages below you will be able to find more information about the 2016 tribute in case you were not able to attend or when you just simply want to relive the 2016 tribute.

  • 2018

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    The Faces of Margraten tribute returned to the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial between May 2-6, 2018. That year over 5,800 photos were on display next to the graves and the names on the Walls of the Missing. In addition to the thousands of faces, visitors could also take the audio tour Voices of Margraten. This tour, produced by Stichting Laudio, gives a voice to the soldiers buried in the cemetery and to the community that keeps the memory to them alive.

    Over 20,000 people visited the tribute, which opened on May 2 in presence of Governor Bovens of the Province of Limburg and the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, Hoekstra. You can find photos, videos, the program booklet, and more on this page, allowing you to relive the tribute, even if you weren't there.

     

Donate

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!

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