American Military Cemeteries in Europe       "Time will not dim the glory of their deeds "  General of the Army, John J. Pershing
Aisne-Marne, France. 2289 of our military dead.

Florence, Italy. 4402 of our military dead.

Including my uncle Lt. Robert V. Held.

Oise-Aisne, France. 6012 of our military dead.

Ardennes, Belgium. 5329 of our military dead. Henri-Chapelle, Belgium. 7992 of our military dead. Rhone, France. 861 of our military dead.
Brittany, France . 4410 of our military dead.  Lorraine,France. 10,489 of our military dead.

Sicily, Italy. 7861 of our military dead.

Brookwood ,England. 468 of our military dead Luxembourg. 5076 of our military dead. Somme, France. 1844 of our military dead.
Cambridge,England. 3812 of our military dead.

Meuse-Argonne. 14246 of our military dead.

St. Mihiel, France. 4153 of our military dead.
Epinal, France. 5525 of our military dead. Netherlands. 8301 of our military dead. Suresnes, France. 1541 of our military dead.

“Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”   Quote from President Obama to an audience of French students at Strasbourg, France. April 6, 2009.

Mr. President, Don't confuse arrogance with leadership, The United States doesn't need to apologize to Europe or anyone else!

Flanders Field, Belgium. 368 of our military.

Normandy, France. 9387 of our military dead.
The battle my uncle Pvt Harry T. Miller was killed

On December 8th 1941, my father (Russell A. Held, age 14years 9 months) enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. This was one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was sent to basic training in San Diego. Upon completion of basic training, he was sent to New Zealand, then Guadalcanal (were his unit was left for a month with no support), followed by the first wave on Tarawa, and finally Saipan in 1944. After many awards and decorations, it was discovered that my father embellished his age slightly and was sent back to the United States. Facing some problems for his white lie, he was Honorably Discharged from the Marine Corps. Then, using his real birth date, he reenlisted in the Marine Corps, went through basic training again and was being prepped for the invasion of Japan. Talk about a Patriot. After WWII he was again Honorably Discharged from the Marine Corps. He went back to high school, graduated and enlisted in the US Army and served through Korea and early Vietnam, finally retiring in 1968 after the Tet offensive. This country is full of patriots, my father was just one.