American World War I Casualties: Military Cemetaries

United States World War I military cemetaries
Figure 1.--The family snapshot is unidentified, but looks like a scene at Arlingtom Cemetary during the 1920s. I am not sure about the woman's uniform, but perhaps it is the Red Cross. The boys are pergaps the sons or nephews of an American aviator.

World War I was the first war America fought in Europe. The first overseas war was the Mexican Army, but the size of the army and number of casualties was much more limited. The men who died in Europe were buried in cemetaries in France and Belgium. The same is true of World War II. The bodies were not brought home for burial. Some of the wounded brought home died and were buried in national cemetaries around the country, including Arlington. One of the unidentified bodies was of course interned at Arlington Cemetary as the Unknown Soldier. There were also soldiers who died while training in American camps before leaving for France. American veterans have the right to be buried in national cemetaries. Thus the graves at Arlington marked as World War I veterans are mostly soldiers and sailors who returned home and died after the War.


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