THE COST AND THE COURAGE
In the months between D-Day and VE Day – Victory in Europe the US Army would lose 12,0824 men and women either killed in action or from wounds received in the fighting, while over 12,000 would be recorded as missing in action.
During World War II some 464 men would be awarded the Medal of Honour of whom 324 would be soldiers, 82 US Marines, 57 US Navy personnel and one from the Coast Guard. The gold lettering on the white marble crosses in American Military Cemeteries record the last resting place of the 266 men who received the Medal of Honour as a posthumous award. The American dead from the two world wars are buried in 21 superbly maintained cemeteries across Europe and in North Africa
A jumble of medal ribbons at the back of a drawer, faded photographs of young people in uniform, neatly written entries in a pocket diary, letters tied with ribbon – our parents and grandparents, quietly modest about their war service, have sometimes left us only clues about a time when life was counted by the day and sometimes by the minute...
Television programmes like "Who Do You Think You Are?" and now more particularly "Is there a War Hero in your family?" are making us aware that people we knew as easy going relatives or friends, sometimes as mere teenagers once lived life at the very edge.
To guide us on our own journey of rediscovery about these remarkable lives we have in "Spirit of Remembrance" a unique resource for both research, guidance and remembrance across the fields of destruction that shaped these young lives.