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Military Cemetery in Hamm Luxembourg

Hi All,

My Uncle died in World War II and was buried in the Luxembourg American Cemetery in Hamm Luxembourg in 1945. My father is in Luxemburg right now visiting his older brother's grave for the very first time in 59 years. What an emotional time for our family, but so rewarding. The superintendant of the cemetery was kind enough to spend over an hour with my father telling him about my Uncle's burial. It turns out that the story the military told the family about his death was not quite accurate and we now have a fuller picture of what happened thanks to this very kind man.

I wanted to share with the Forum the superindentant's suprise that my Uncle was Black. The cemetery has been trying to make a list of all the Blacks and Native Americans buried there and has only identified 40 out of several thousand. They assumed my Uncle was white because history says that Blacks were not allowed to rise to the rank and job that he held in the army. I wonder if there would be a way to help them identify more Blacks buried there?

Take Good care,


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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