My name is Reinoud Smeets and I’m living in The Netherlands. Close to my hometown lies ‘The World War II Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial’. It lies in the village Margraten. President Bush visited the cemetery on mai 8 2005. Perhaps you have heard or seen the ceremony.
8301 Americans rest on this cemetery. But there is something special about this cemetery. All the graves are adopted by local people. To thank and commemorate the soldiers who died here (for us), you can adopt a grave. This means that you take care of the grave. In general it means that you visit the grave and bring flowers for the grave. For about 15 years my dad and I adopted a grave. Officially my father had adopted the grave, and we both visited it regular.
A few years ago, I heard that there was a grave that was no langer adopted. Probably because the person who originally adopted the grave had died. These graves have been adopted since the early years it excisted.
So I decided to take care of this grave. Not knowing who the soldier I adopted was or where he lost his life. I became curious; what did he look like, who did he leave behind back in The States, where did he lose his life etc.
So I started searching the internet and I found this site. Perhaps there’s someone who can help me find more information about this soldier.
This is all I know:
MC Gee Gerald 175 INF 29 DIV ILLINOIS Number: 36616633 KIA: 16 november 1944
I’m happy with any sort of information. Maybe there is someone who can tell me more about the 175 INF 29 DIV. Where were they around that date. Everything is welcome.