West Point Graduates Killed in Action – World War II

About six miles from Maastricht, in the Netherlands, lie buried 8,301 American soldiers who died in “Operation Market Garden” in the battles to liberate Holland in the fall winter of 1944-.  Every one of the men buried in the cemetery, as well as those in the Canadian and British military cemeteries, has been adopted by a Dutch family who mind the grave, decorate it, and keep alive the memory of the soldier they have adopted.  It is even the custom to keep a portrait of “their” American soldier in a place of honor in their home.

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Annually, on “Liberation Day,” memorial services are held for “the men who died to liberate Holland.” The day concludes with a concert.  The final piece is always “Il Silenzio,” a memorial piece commissioned by the Dutch that was first played in 1965 on the 20th anniversary of Holland’s liberation. It has been the concluding piece of the memorial concert ever since.
This year the soloist was a 13-year-old Dutch girl, Melissa Venema, backed by André Rieu and his orchestra (the Royal Orchestra of the Netherlands). This beautiful concert piece is based upon the original version of taps and was composed by Italian composer Nino Rossi

B-17 Raid

B-17 Raid

I Want You

I Want You

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Class of 1933

William O Darby

“We will fight an Army on a dare – we’ll follow Darby anywhere” – – 1st Ranger Battalion

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Class of 1937

Colin Kelly

Colin Kelly

Class of 1941

William Gillis

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Class of 1942

Henry Benitez
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