Belleau, France – The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) announces commemorations of Memorial Day and the World War I Centennial of the Battle of Belleau Wood and Operations in the Aisne-Marne region.
From staff at ABMC headquarters to employees in the field at cemeteries, it’s a team effort to ensure the agency’s sacred mission is fulfilled. One key staff member who plays a critical role in the field is the cemetery superintendent.
Iowa provided almost 115,000 servicemen to the U.S. armed forces during World War I. Of these, 3,576 died. The 168th Infantry Regiment of the 42nd (“Rainbow”) Division was an Iowa unit. The 34th Division (National Guard) drew units and troops from Iowa.
Secretary William M. Matz traveled to Italy last week, where he visited Florence American Cemetery and Sicily-Rome American Cemetery.
Indiana provided more than 130,000 servicemen to the U.S. armed forces during World War I. Of these, more than 3,000 died. The 38th Division (National Guard) drew units and troops from Indiana, and many of the selected servicemen who initially made up the 84th Division came from Indiana as well.
Less than 150 miles separate Tunisia from the island of Sicily, two important geographic locations in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.
In World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, millions of Americans served far from home. In the various conflicts, service members fought in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific. They traversed mountains in Italy, France, Korea and Vietnam.
According to records compiled by the Office of the Adjutant General, 351,153 men from Illinois served in the U.S. Army and Navy during World War I. Over 5,000 died in service.