Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Far From Home

 Pvt. Frank D. Montague (2nd cousin 1x removed of husband)
born 1922, New Jersey, United States
died January 2, 1945
324th Infantry Regiment, 44th Infantry Division
awards - Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster
Epinal, Lorraine, France
Several months ago I located Frank D. Montague on the World War II Memorial database. Information discovered on the site led to his Find A Grave memorial.
I placed the request for a photograph and crossed my fingers. The next week the above picture of Frank's grave site was uploaded.

When my husband saw the picture, he was struck by the offerings left on Frank's grave. What a comfort for the family to have their loved one honored so far from home.
Thank you to the genealogy angel who made this possible.


  1. Deb, my great uncle also has a marker overseas (his body was uninterred and moved back to America). His marker is in Belgium at the Henri-Chapelle cemetery. When I lived in Europe I had a chance to visit his grave and I, too, was taken by the items left by the locals on the graves. To this day the locals are so respectful of the sacrifice made for their freedom by these Soldiers that they continue to tend to the cemeteries. It is a very moving sight.

    1. Heather,

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. What a wonderful experience to be able to visit your great uncle's grave in Belgium. I was very glad to have found Frank's grave and see how someone cares for him so far away from home. Also, to be able to share this with family members. That is one of the best parts of this genealogy adventure!