Paco Cemetery As Temporary Burial Ground for American Soldiers

Jim Gomez, in a July 3, 2011 article for the Associated Press, describes how the United States ignored the veterans’ graves located at the seven-hectare cemetery at the former Clark military base  in the Philippines. Gomez quotes an American veteran who laments that its…” the veterans’ cemetery that America forgot.” click on link to view full article:  http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=13986861).

During the early American colonial period, American soldiers were often buried in temporary graves before the  remains were shipped back to the United States. Paco cemetery, the grand old cemetery of Manila, often became the resting place for many of the fallen soldiers of the American military.

Source: Givens, James ( 1912). Scenes taken in the Philippines, China, Japan, and on the Pacific, relating to soldiers. San Francisco Hicks-Judd Co. , p.21.
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~ by Martin Gaerlan on July 3, 2011.

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