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Manila American Cemetery and Memorial

 

—The American Battle Monuments Commission —

 
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By Richard E. Miller, January 27, 2013
1. Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Inscription.
Manila American Cemetery, the largest of 24 cemeteries built and administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission, both in area and number of graves. 16,636 military dead of the United States of America from World War II rest here, alongside 570 Philippine Nationals who were serving with U.S. Forces in the southwest Pacific. Most of those buried here lost their lives in the epic defense of the Philippines and the East Indies in 1941 and 1942 or in the long but victorious return of the American forces through the vast island chain. Additionally, names of 32,520 Americans and 3,762 Philippine Nationals whose remains were never recovered or not identified are inscribed on the Walls of the Missing. A bronze rosette marks the names of those were subsequently found. 3,660 headstones mark the graves of 7,744 “unknowns”.

The construction and care of this 152-acre cemetery and memorial are the responsibility of the American Battle Monuments Commission, an agency of the United States government. The people of the Republic of the Philippines granted use of the land in perpetuity.

After World War I, the American Battle Monuments Commission erected a memorial in each of the eight American cemeteries in Europe, as well as eleven battlefield monuments.

At the end of World War II, fourteen additional
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, January 27, 2013
2. Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Marker
Close-up of the marker's lower section with listings of the Battle Monuments Commission's cemeteries from World Wars I and II with the numbers of fallen Americans identified as "interred" and "missing" for each. Also included are the small American burial grounds maintained in Mexico and Panama.
military cemeteries were established overseas. Each contains a memorial with a record in permanent graphic form of the achievements of the U.S. Armed Forces in that region.

The graves in these World War I and World War II cemeteries number approximately 39 percent of those originally buried. The remains of the other 61 percent were returned home at the request of the next of kin. A white marble headstone marks each grave, a Star of David for those of the Jewish faith, and a Latin cross for all others. At each of the memorials are inscribed the names of the missing who gave their lives in that region.

The American Battle Monuments Commission also operates two cemeteries in Latin America, the final resting place of Americans killed in the War of 1847 and those who contributed to the construction and operation of the Panama Canal.

An American Superintendent manages each cemetery. English-speaking personnel are available during opening hours to offer information and assistance.

Battle Monuments Commission Cemeteries, WWI:

Cemetery - Location - Burials - “Missing”
Aisne-Marne - Belleau - 2,289 - 1,060 (02)France Brookwood - Brookwood, - 563 - 468 England Flanders Field - Waregem, - 368 - 43 Belgium Meuse-Argonne - Romagne - 14,246 - 954 sous - Oise-Aisne - Montfaucon - 6,012 241(55), - France -Nesles(02) France Saint-Mihiel-Thiaucourt (54), France 4,153 284 Somme Bony (02), France 1,844 333 Suresnes Near Paris (092), France 1,541 974

Battle Monuments Commission Cemeteries, World War II:

Cemetery - Location - Burials - “Missing”
Ardennes Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium 5,328 462 Brittany Saint-James (50), France 4,410 498 Cambridge Coton, Cambridge-shire, England 3,812 5,127 Epinal Epinal (88), France 5,255 424 Florence Florence, Italy 4,202 1,409 Henri-Chapelle Henri-Chapelle, Belgium 7,992 450 Lorraine Saint-Avold (57), France 10,489 444 Luxembourg Luxembourg 5,076 371
Battle Monuments Commission Cemeteries - World War II, cont. – (“Manila, plus”) Manila Manila, Republic of the Philippines 17,206 36,282 Netherlands Margraten, The Netherlands 8,301 1,722 NormandyColleville-sur-Mer(14), France 9,387 1,557 North Africa Carthage, Tunisia 2,841 3,724 Rhone Draguignan (83), France 861 293 Sicily-Rome Nettuno, Italy 7,861 3,095 cont.– (“OTHER”, +) P1070297 Cemetery Location Burials “Missing” “OTHER” 10489 444 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 1563 0 Panama Corozal Republic of Panama 5,104 0 http://www.abmc.gov/publications/CemeteryBooklets/Manila_Booklet.pdf 14.544045,121.048597
 
Erected by The American American Battle Monuments Commission.
 
Location. 14° 32.643′ N, 121° 2.916′ E. Marker is in Taguig, Metro Manila. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Taguig, Metro Manila 1634, Philippines.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Associacion Feminista Filipina (approx. 7.4 kilometers away in Manila); Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines (approx. 7.5 kilometers away in Manila); Cosmopolitan Church (approx. 7.6 kilometers away in Manila); Philippine General Hospital (approx. 7.7 kilometers away in Manila); Church of San Vicente de Paul (approx. 8.2 kilometers away in Manila); Plaza Olivia Salamanca (approx. 8.2 kilometers away in Manila); Central United Methodist Church (approx. 8.2 kilometers away in Manila); Ang Simbahan ng Nuestra Señora de Guia (approx. 8.3 kilometers away in Manila).
 
Also see . . .
1. Manila America Cemetery and Memorial. (Submitted on March 17, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Fort Bonifacio. (Submitted on March 17, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. American Battle Monuments Commission Cemeteries. (Submitted on April 18, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Fort Bonifacio [formerly, Fort McKinley], Armed Forces of the Philippines [AFP]; U.S. Army, Navy; Philippine Scouts; waterways and vessels; Panama Canal Zone.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesMilitaryWar, World IWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 818 times since then and 107 times this year. Last updated on April 18, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on March 13, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2. submitted on March 14, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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