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.


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


Class of 1933

William O Darby

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



Class of 1937

Colin Kelly

Colin Kelly

Class of 1941

William Gillis



Class of 1942

Henry Benitez




  1. tana nelson
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    I m looking for info about my uncle Frank Locke, grd of West Pointe 1942 nd 43 whows killed in a plane crash. I think he ws a pilot.

  2. tana nelson
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    can somone help me find info on Frnk Locke, he died before ws born.

  3. Richard brown
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    “Never in the course of human conflict has so many owe so much to so few” WC .THANKS TO ALL YOU STOOD AND STILL STAND OF THAT WALL OF FREEDOM

  4. Richard brown
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    “Never in the course of human conflict has so many owe so much to so few” WC .THANKS TO ALL YOU STOOD AND STILL STAND On THAT WALL OF FREEDOM

  5. forwhattheygave
    Posted November 1, 2017 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    There was a Frank Ely Locke Class of 1941 who died in an air accident August 13 1942.

  6. Philip D. Desjardins
    Posted June 24, 2019 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    My first cousin 1stLT William Gardner 29th Division was killed on the 1st wave on DDay. Class of 1941. Colonel Philip D. Desjardins (USAF-RET)

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