This week the 8,000th photograph was added to the American Military Cemetery in Margraten, The Netherlands. This means that four out of five of the fallen soldiers now have a face to go with a name on their headstone. This was announced by the Fields of Honor Foundation on Thursday night, February 18.
The men buried in the cemetery are American soldiers who paid the ultimate price during the liberation of North-Western Europe of 1944 and 1945. With 8,301 burials and 1,722 names on the Wall of Missing, 10,023 Americans are being honored by the local civilians.
The 8,000th photograph belongs to the 24 year old T/Sgt. Lloyd G. Hume of San Bernardino, California. Hume was a top turret gunner on a B-17 bomber. He belonged to the 337th Bomber Squadron of the 96th Bomber Group.
“The plane was last seen over the North Sea. They had suffered continuous fighter attacks which set the plane on fire. Six crew members bailed out at about 5000 feet over the North Sea as six parachutes were seen in the air. Only the bombardier 1Lt Lawrence R. Wolford survived.”
Many volunteers have been helping to find the photographs of the men for the Faces of Margraten event which takes place every two years. During the event, the photographs of the men can be found next to their burials and at the Wall of Missing. Due to Covid-19 the event had to be canceled in 2020.
The American Military Cemetery of Margraten is one of the stops in our European battlefield tours.