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katie gallardo (#47803840)
 member for 2 years, 6 months, 20 days
Iain MacFarlaine
U.S. Cemetery in Tunis
Dear Katie,

Thank you for writing.

Unfortunately, it is about ten years since I went to Tunisia, and I was in the American Cemetery for only a couple of hours. As there are 2,841 people buried there, and a further 3,724 names of those Missing in Action engraved on the wall, it seems unlikely that I managed to take a picture of your uncle's grave.

There are two U.S. cemeteries in England. One of them is at Brookwood, not far South of London, and the other one is in Cambridge. A few years ago, I was in the Cambridge cemetery, looking for a specific grave, but they were doing some some repair work in the graveyard and the area I wanted was cordoned off. However, the man in the office told me that, if anyone ever asked them for a picture of a particular grave, they had a file full of pictures of every monument in the cemetery, which they sent out on request, and he let me have one.

Quite possibly, the North African Cemetery might do the same thing for you. I have had a look on the website for the American Battle Monuments Commission, and this is what it says:

The Andrews Project

ABMC also provides friends and relatives of those interred in its cemeteries or memorialized on its Tablets of the Missing with color lithographs of the cemetery or memorial that includes a mounted photograph of the headstone or commemorative inscription. The Andrews Project, named in honor of its sponsor the late Congressman George W. Andrews, is ABMC's most popular service.

We can assist you in planning your visit to any of our sites. We can arrange for the placement of floral decorations at an individual's grave or marker, and we can give you information on any individual buried or honored at our cemeteries or memorials.
For More Information

You may email: info@abmc.gov

You may write to:
American Battle Monuments Commission
Courthouse Plaza II, Suite 500
2300 Clarendon Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
You may call: (703) 696-6900

Unfortunately, they don't seem to have a list of E-Mail addresses for the individual cemeteries. There are 24 of these, dotted around the globe, but the only other one I have ever visited was in Florence, in Italy. However, it might be worth writing to the Commission in Arlington.

Let me know if they do send you a picture. I'd be more than happy to do the job for you, but it is likely to be another ten years before I return to Tunisia, although I enjoyed it very much and should like to go back there, some day.

I am, in fact, off to Africa in July, but I am going to Cape Town, which is as far away from Tunis as you can get and still be in the same continent!


Best wishes,

Iain.

Added by Iain MacFarlaine on May 27, 2012 4:30 PM

 
 

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