Brassart, Johannes b. 1400 d. October, 1455 Composer. An influential member of the Burgundian School of Renaissance music. Born in Lowaige, Flanders (now Belgium), he was ordained a priest in Liege in 1422. In 1431 he was employed as a Papal Singer in Rome, where he met composer Guillaume Dufay; his best known compositions, the motets "O flors fragrans" and "Te dignitas presularis", were probably written during this period. From 1434 to 1443 he served Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund and later Empress Elisabeth as Rector of the Royal...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cathedral of Saint-Paul, Liège, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Castle, Gen. Frederick Walker b. October 14, 1908 d. December 24, 1944 World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Frederick Castle attended the US Military Academy, graduating 7th in the class of 1930. For the next four years he was pilot and assistant operations officer with the Air Corps. In 1934 he resigned his commission and returned to civilian life. However, he maintained his reserve status with the New York National Guard, and in January 1942 he re-entered active service. By 1944, he was commander of the 4th Combat Bomb Wing, and after leading...[Read More] (Bio by: Anne Cady) Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial, Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium Plot: Plot D, Row 13, Grave 53
Gray, PFC. Desmond Reuben b. May 1, 1917 d. November 10, 1944 Desmond served as a Private First Class, 329th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.
He resided in Knox County, Maine prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on October 14, 1943 in Portland, Maine. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Married.
Desmond died in the "Line Of Duty" of a non-battle related incident during the war in Belgium.
Gretry, André Ernest Modeste [heart only] b. February 8, 1741 d. September 24, 1813 Composer, born in Liege. Wrote many operas, also some ballet and orchestral music. The bottom photograph shows his statue in front of the Opera House, Liege (Belgium) - his heart is interred behind the grille beneath the statue. Place de I Opera, Liège, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium Plot: His heart is in an urn behind the little grille under his statue
Harmel, Pierre Charles b. March 16, 1911 d. November 15, 2009 Belgium Prime Minister, Diplomat. He was Prime Minister of Belgium from July 1965 to March 1966. Trained as a lawyer, he became a member of the United Nation's General Assembly in the late 1940s. He served as his country's minister of education and justice during the 1950s, and as a minister of the civil service in the early 1960s. Harmel was the author of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) policy of detente towards the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, based on tough national and...[Read More] (Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) Robermont, Liège, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Jaspar, Bobby (Robert-Louis-Joseph) b. February 20, 1926 d. March 4, 1963 Musician. Born in Liège, Belgium, he was a jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer, noted for starting the first European Be-Bop group, "The Bob Shots". During the 1940s, he shared the stage of the Paris Jazz Festivals with artist such as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Sidney Bechet and Albert Nicholas. Before starting his own group, he recorded with Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Eddie Costa, J.J. Johnson, Herbie Mann and many other notable New York jazz artists of the period in the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cimetiere de Robermont, Liège, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Jerstad, John Louis b. February 12, 1918 d. August 1, 1943 World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born in Racine, Wisconsin and served as a Major in the 93rd Bomb Group, 9th Army Air Force, Europe, flying B-24 Liberators. He had completed more than his tour of missions and was no longer directly connected with the 93rd Bomb Group. When he heard of the upcoming low level bombing mission against the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, he volunteered to lead a formation. On August 1, 1943, three miles from the target, his bomber was badly...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium Plot: Plot C Row 24 Grave 10
Kimbro, Truman Carol b. May 27, 1919 d. December 19, 1944 World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Truman Kimbro was working as a farm hand in Texas when he enlisted in the United States Army on December 2, 1941. He was sent with his company to Belgium, where in 1944 he was killed while performing his assigned mission under heavy enemy fire. Five months later he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. The citation reads: "On 19 December 1944, as scout, he led a squad assigned to the mission of mining a vital crossroads...[Read More] (Bio by: Anne Cady) Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial, Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium Plot: Plot F Row 6 Grave 28
Lekeu, Guillaume b. January 20, 1870 d. January 21, 1894 Composer. Born in Verviers, Belgium, he studied at the Paris Conservatory and placed second in its 1891 Prix de Rome competition. He also studied privately with Cesar Franck and Vincent D'Indy, who were so impressed with his natural ability that they introduced him to several influential music figures. In 1893, the famous violinist Eugene Ysaye commissioned two chamber works from him, a Violin Sonata and a Piano Quartet. The Sonata is a work of genius and remains a staple of the violin...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimetiere de Heusy, Verviers, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium
Lindsey, Capt. Darrell Robins [cenotaph] b. December 30, 1919 d. August 9, 1944 World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Jefferson, Iowa and served as a Captain, flight commander for the 394th Bomb Group's 585th Squadron, U.S. Army Air Corps. On August 9, 1944 he led a formation of 30 B-26s in a mission to destroy the strategic enemy-held L'lsle Adam railroad bridge over the Seine in occupied France. During the approach, his plane's right engine received a direct hit from enemy antiaircraft fire and burst into flames. He remained composed and piloted...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium Plot: No Known Grave; name is listed on the Tablets of the Missing.
McGraw, Francis X. b. April 29, 1918 d. November 20, 1944 World War II Confgressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Francis X. McGraw and his family moved to Camden New Jersey from Philadelphia when he was 2 years old. After completing school, he worked for the Campbell Soup company before enlisting in the Army in February 1942. He was sent overseas with his unit, taking part in combat operations in North Africa and Europe, including taking part in the D-Day invasion in France. In November 1944, Private McGraw was killed while engaged in battle with...[Read More] (Bio by: Anne Cady) Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial, Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium Plot: Plot A Row 18 Grave 25
Thomas, René-François-Auguste-Nicolas b. February 25, 1926 d. January 3, 1975 Musician. Born in Liege, Belgium, he is regarded as one of the finest European jazz guitarist. Self-taught, he began playing in 1954, with Bobby Jaspar in Paris and soon was a greatly in demand sessions player. In addition to performing with the top European jazz musicians, he worked with Chet Baker, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Kenny Clarke, Lou Bennett and Han Bennink. He also was a member of Stan Getz's band (1958-63). His recordings included "Guitar Groove" (1960), "Meeting Mr. Thomas" (...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cimetiere de Robermont, Liège, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Tiller, Sgt. Homer M. b. October 22, 1911 d. April 29, 1944 USAAF WORLD WAR II Gunner Sgt. Homer M. Tiller KIA Hometown: Colorado City, Texas Squadron: 68th Sq. 44th Bomb Group Service# 0-727956 Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart Pilot 2nd/Lt. Glenn H. Sweigart
MACR #4472 Target: Berlin, Germany Mission Date: 29-Apr-44 Serial Number: #41-29471 Aircraft Model B-24 Aircraft Letter: Aircraft Name: Location: Germany Cause: German fighter Crew of 10 7KIA 3POW