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Saturday, April 27, 2013

AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENT COMMISSION RECORDS ON FOLD3.COM

Fold3 has added 242,000 records from the American Battle Monument Commission to accompany those of the Foreign Burial of American War Dead already on the site.

The American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) was established by Congress in 1923 as the guardian of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials. The ABMC commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. Armed Forces through 24 overseas military cemeteries, and 25 memorials, monuments, and markers. The cemeteries and memorials honor those who served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.

Search within the honor roll databases on Fold3 to find service information, dates of birth and death, notes relating to the circumstances of death, burial or memorial location, status, and awards received. We encourage you to add photos, documents, comments, and stories to the memorial pages of the servicemen and women included in this collection.

Sgt. Virgel D. Faust and five others aboard a B-26 bomber crashed into the sea near Sousse Harbor, Tunisia, on December 18, 1942. The Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) connected to his memorial page stated that the “Ship remained under control with 1 engine out until shortly before it hit the sea. All of its guns remained in action against flak barges until ship hit water.” The ABMC record indicates that Faust’s name is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage.

The ABMC databases are offered in tandem with the records of the Foreign Burial of American War Dead, with information pulled from Chris Dickon’s history of American soldiers buried abroad, The Foreign Burial of American War Dead. The book not only details the history and locations of American soldiers buried or lost abroad, it also provides the names of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Those names, together with others from the ABMC databases, are now in one place on Fold3. Learn more or search the Foreign Burial of American War Dead and the ABMC from a special Fold3 memorial page designed as a tribute to those who lost their lives abroad, buried or commemorated on foreign soil.

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