Monday, May 28, 2012

VA National Cemeteries Gravesite Locator and ABMC

Memorial Day - A day to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. If you have a friend or family member who is buried in a VA National Cemetery, state veterans cemeteries, other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, or veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker in the United States, you can use this tool to locate the gravesite. If you are looking for one of the sites overseas, the American Battle Monuments Commission manages that information.

Nationwide Gravesite Locator - Entering the last name is required, all other fields are optional. But as with any data search the more information entered the quicker and more accurate the results.
If you cannot locate the person you are searching for, you can provide the following information on each individual: Full name, including any alternate spellings, Date and place of birth, Date and place of death, State from which the individual entered active duty, Military service branch and mail the request to the address below.

Most requests take approximately four weeks for a reply. Include your return mailing address, phone number, or email address with the request. Mail your requests to: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
National Cemetery Administration (41C1)
Burial Location Request
810 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20420

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) manages 24 overseas military cemeteries, and 25 memorials, monuments, and markers. Nearly all the cemeteries and memorials specifically honor those who served in World War I or World War II.

American Battle Monuments Commission maintains databases which include:
  • Those interred at the American World War I and World War II cemeteries overseas.
  • The missing in action from World War I and World War II who are memorialized on Tablets of the Missing within the cemeteries and on three memorials in the United States.
  • Those killed worldwide during the Korean War.
  • War dead and veterans of the Mexican War, Civil War and Spanish-American War who are buried at the ABMC cemeteries in Corozal, Panama and Mexico City.
  • The missing in action of the Vietnam War memorialized at the Honolulu Memorial.
  • All interments at Corozal American Cemetery, including civilians who built and operated the Panama Canal.
How are you using the VA Cemeteries Gravesite Locator or the American Battle Monuments Commission databases? Comments, recommendations +1s, and reaction check boxes are always appreciated.

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