France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Tunisia – More than 102,000 Americans killed in both World Wars are buried in a combined twenty American Cemeteries and Memorials administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission. As in all ABMC cemeteries the dead are counted no matter their station in war, from the highest ranks to clerks and ambulance drivers.
France, Belgium and the Netherlands, however, embrace a much smaller number of Americans buried in isolated graves, small town memorials and rural cemeteries. They range from those who fought with American forces but, for some reason, were not buried in American cemeteries, to individual Americans who were honored by a specific town for reasons related to the town’s fortunes in war.
Historisch Genootschap Oud Soetermeer
Airman John McCormick, for example, was shot down over Zoetermeer, NL in World War II, and was killed while working in the Dutch Resistance. He was buried (above) in 1945 in the courtyard of the town’s Dutch Reformed Church, and is still honored in ceremonies each year. All isolated burials in the three countries have the continuing attention of European groups or individuals, and it is probable that more can be found. In addition, members of American forces are said to be buried individually in the Scandinavian nations, but little is known about them with the exception of five American airmen buried in Denmark.