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Margraten - Netherlands American Cemetery

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  1. Stephanie B

    Stephanie B New Member

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    Hi all,

    My Great Uncle Reginald Bethuy fought in the 101st Airborne Division, 401st Infantry Regiment and was KIA in October 1944. He's buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery and on behalf of my grandmother (his sister - now 89 years old with failing health), I'm flying from Michigan to Margraten for Memorial Day to pay respects to him and those he fought with. Also to the woman who has tended to his grave since 1944. To this day, my grandma laments that "he should have never went." With her dementia setting in, she still remembers him. It will be a one of a kind experience for all of us.

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    I am setting up a fundraiser for this trip and to fund a beautiful wooden memorial case for his burial flag (still in the original box mailed to my grandma's house with a note accompanying it). If you could pass it on, even not willing to give anything, that would mean the world to us. Just to get this story out there - that the wounds of WWII NEVER go away - even 80+ years later.

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    Thank you!
    Stephanie Bushey

    Click here to support Journey to Reginald's Grave organized by Stephanie Bushey
     
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    Jaap Vermeer MDE Active Member

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    BETHUY, Reginald J

    Killed in action in the Opheusden '' The Island '' vicinity. The local researcher Bernard Florissen has more information about him.

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  3. Stephanie B

    Stephanie B New Member

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    Thank you Jaap! How do I get a hold of the local researcher? Many thanks.


     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Have you considered locating the Nederlander who has adopted the grave? They would probably love to meet you and visit the grave with you, show you around, etc. They are proud of "their" Americans and the opportunity to care for the grave.
     
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    Stephanie B New Member

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    Yes, thank you. I’ve actually flown over there twice and met with her. She’s part of our family, but still between her family and mine we don’t know the details of how he died or where.

     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Good Show! Glad you have made contact with them.


    Very good!

    You have a "pearl" of surname.
     
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    Stephanie B New Member

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    Thank you! Forgive me, but what do you mean by a "pearl"? It is lovely French. I know that much :)
     

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