I'm sure many are already aware of the hitches and "brick walls" that can frustrate research using old vital records caused by variations in surname spellings but anyone searching the various databases for WWII grave sites should also be aware of an anomaly that to my knowledge has already affected two people searching for the last resting place offallen loved ones.The problem relates to names with prefixes like Mc, Mac or O to name the obvious ones.
There appears to be inconsistencies between the various databases in the way some names are handled. By way of example a search for McClellan, McLachlan or MacDonald returns a different lists of names than a search for Mc Clellan, Mc Lachlan or Mac Donald [note space] and for a name like O'leary different listings are obtained for Oleary, O Leary and O'leary. There are even examples where a search for the same person required a variant in the spelling of the surname to locate him or her in different databases.
So if you know someone who died and find them listed in one database but can't find a record elsewhere try a spelling variant or use the "begins with" or "wild card" options where they are available.
The databases searched were:
The American Veterans' Cemeteries atinvsoa.homestead.com/Cemeteries
The National WWII Memorial - registry [for ALL US WWII veterans, not just those who died] atwww.wwiimemorial.com
The American Battle Monuments Commission for those listed as missing or overseas burials [covers other conflicts] at www.abmc.gov
The Veterans Benefits & Services - Nationwide Gravesite Locator at gravelocator.cem.va.gov
All the above and the various home state cemeteries' databases can be accessed via the American Veterans' Cemeteries site.