"Tens of thousands of American troops fell in the Eifel Mountain region as the forces of Hitler made them fight for every inch of ground.
"Many of them have never been found, their corpses lost on the battlefields.
"The Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command of the US Department of Defence (JPAC) is 'now combing the killing fields for the remains of those warriors'.
"Unlike Britain, which buries its war dead at the sites where they fell, America's tradition is to bring every soldier it can home to a hero's funeral. In recent years the focus has been on more recent wars, such as Vietnam and Korea."