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Manila American Cemetery - Philippines

There are 17,202 American Servicemen buried in the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippine Islands. Among those are 974 Hoosiers of which 295 are buried and 679 are missing in action or buried at sea. Their names are honored on Tablets of the Missing.

WTHR TV 13 newsclip about Indiana Soldiers & Sailors

My First Visit to Manila American Cemetery

My home state of Indiana had always been meaningful but today the letters on the white crosses seemed bolder than ever. I stood amongst beautifully manicured graves of American servicemen at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines. I found it difficult to swallow. My teeth clenched and a gut-wrenching realization overwhelmed my thoughts as the visit to the transformed from that of a visitor to that of a fellow soldier, brother and neighbor. I was humbled as I gazed across the acres and acres of crosses.

I focused my camera on a nearby cross, a grave of a young man from Ohio. The thought hit me. I wondered if I could unite one of these photographs with a family member back in America. At that moment the project began. To date our project has more than 300 families of World War II servicemen killed in this region and we have presented them with free photographs.

The fantastic help of  Indiana librarians, journalists, historians, genealogy hobbyists and wonderful volunteers across Indiana and America have teamed up and are discovering new families everyday that have never seen the graves. We send them free photographs including the "Tablets of the Missing" via email along with the information we have gathered about each serviceman. Many are thrilled to view them for the first time and others never knew there were graves for their loved ones. We are collecting information about their lives and especially enjoy receiving scanned photographs of the men in their military uniforms. Join our fun today and help us salute the men and the families from Indiana that gave the supreme sacrifice defending freedom. God Bless the families of these young Hoosier heroes!

 

County Servicemen List  -  We need your help to find these families. Send a note to us today and request the names of the soldiers and sailors from your county in Indiana. We will send it to you in Microsoft Excel, PDF, or HTML format.

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Claude Creed

T5C, Claude Creed, Shelbyville, Indiana was sent to New Guinea WWII. He survived terrific fighting and was KIA  at Leyte, Philippines November 3, 1944 when a Kamikaze pilot flew into his ship. He served with the 5209th Engineering Group and is buried at Manila American Cemetery.

 

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Ron Hamilton photo

Martha Ann Creed, age 88, of Shelbyville views a photo of her husband's grave for the first time. Martha Ann never remarried and raised their daughter Claudia who was 1-2 years old when her father died. "We've never visited the grave so the photo means so much to us." Creed said.

300th different family receives free photos December 29, 2013.

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