Adopt-a-Grave at Henri-Chappell American Cemetery Belgium
In September 2014, there was an Adopt-a-Grave ceremony at the Henri-Chappell American Cemetery in Belgium.
My friend Maxime Noel - a Mallon (from southern Belgium) military scholar and researcher - attended because he had adopted the grave of Duane Miller McKay. Duane was my late father's cousin, and Duane was killed on Dec. 14, 1944 after the Battle of the Bulge. He had survived the Battle, but was captured, and then with 149 other prisoners - he was shot and killed by the SS.
Duane Miller McKay's grave is in the Henri-Chappell American Cemetery, which contains the remains of almost 8,000 American military who gave their lives during WWII.
Max has provided these photos of the adoption certificate, the cross, a closeup of a flier he took to show others the photo of Duane Miller McKay, the ceremony, the monument, and the field of crosses.
Thank you, Max!
Max writes this:
"I have some relevant information: only two soldiers of the 106th Infantry Division were buried in the Fosse #1 temporary cemetery (2199 graves) (an infantry division - about 16000 men), which was separated in three regiments - for the 106th: they are the 422th Inf Rgt, the 423th Inf Rgt, and the 424th Inf Rgt).
Duane was one of the two soldiers, and the second was Pfc Russel Perri from West Virginia
(Find A Grave Memorial# 125173136). It is surprising that there are only two solders there!!
I have been preparing lists sorted out by units.
For the 82th Airborne division there are five soldiers; then for the 101th airborne division there are about 20 soldiers, for the 3rd armored division, the 28th Infantry Division, the 4th infantry division, the 30th infantry division, there are more than 100 in each !!
I have also found that a small monument was built for the men of the 424 Inf Rgt 106 Inf Division in the small village of Ennal (Belgian Luxembourg I think). This village was liberated by this regiment on 15 January 1945 ... "
Once again, thank you for this valuable information, Max!
Labels: "In the Shadow of Forests" book, 106th Infantry Division, 1944, Adopt a Grave, Armand Blau, Battle of the Bulge, December 14, Duane Miller McKay, Fosse #1, Henri-Chappelle American Cemetery, Maxime Noel