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Finding a piece of home abroad

Editor, Index-Tribune:

I am searching for as many of the stories of the 218,000 U.S. soldiers who are buried overseas, within 24 cemeteries, as I can find. I started working on Oklahoma, my home state, but have decided to try and help find as many as I can due to the lack of time available.

There are 885 soldiers from World War I, and 10,662 soldiers from World War II, buried or listed on the walls of the missing for California.

This number is way too large for me to try and search archives in any shape or form. I am also not looking for archives from the newspapers. I want the family members of the soldiers to contact me with the information they have.

I began this quest four years ago when I started searching for the stories of the Oklahoma soldiers who are buried overseas. When I visited a Normandy cemetery and walked up to an Oklahoman’s grave, I gave him a rose rock and found about twenty others that day. When I went back, I visited the 144 Oklahoma soldiers in the cemetery and gave all of them a rose rock.


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