The Isolated Graves
AOMDA Belgium currently knows of thirteen soldiers and aviators who fought and died in the American armed forces during the First and Second World Wars who are buried in Belgium outside of the three American military cemeteries. In three cases, they are Americans who developed quite strong bonds with Belgian families and whose American families requested that they be buried there. In five cases, they were born in Belgium, emigrated to America, volunteered, served and died in the American armed forces, and were returned to Belgium for burial with their families. One was a Belgian who volunteered to serve in America's armed forces but never himself lived in America. Four others are American citizens who fought in the armed forces of the United States of America, but who are buried in Commonwealth War Grave Cemeteries because their families requested that their remains rest undisturbed.
Each year, AOMDA holds Memorial Day ceremonies at each of these isolated graves over the course of the extended Memorial Day weekend. For a complete schedule of these Memorial Day ceremonies at the isolated graves, see Upcoming Events.
An important part of the AOMDA Foundation's mission is the preservation of the isolated graves. When necesssary, we work together with the local authorities to restore and maintain the graves that are not maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. For example, in 2015 the AOMDA Foundation restored and renovated the grave of PFC Joseph G. Farina in Comblain-la-Tour (pictured).
Search for a serviceman buried here:
113th Infantry Regiment; 33rd Division
Dec 17, 1891
Michigan, États Unis
Aug 12, 1918
117th Infantry Regiment; 30th Division
Oct 16, 1883
Tennessee, États Unis
Jul 18, 1918
77th Field Artillery Regiment 4th Infantry...
Aug 30, 1890
, États Unis
Oct 20, 1918
Belgian Military Section
447 Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons...
Sep 11, 1910
Ohio, United States
Dec 17, 1944
339th Bombardment Squadron; 96th Bombardment Group
Oct 31, 1919
Idaho, États Unis
Sep 3, 1944
Detached Service 57th Royal Air Squadron
Aug 14, 1918
, United Kingdom
Nov 3, 1943