The Fields of Honor - Database is a project of the Dutch non-profit organization Stichting Verenigde Adoptanten Amerikaanse Oorlogsgraven (Foundation United Adopters American War Graves). This Dutch non-profit organization aims to honor the men and women who have been either buried in or memorialized at overseas American War Cemeteries in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands by conducting research on them and by gathering this information centrally in the Fields of Honor - Database. By preserving the memories to them and their sacrifices, we aim to make sure that current and future generations do not forget their sacrifices. About twenty-five devoted volunteers from both the Netherlands and Belgium have committed themselves to remembering the sacrifices that have been made for our freedom. We will make sure that every name will be given a face! For more information about this foundation, please visit our website (click).
To adopt a grave or to find out whether a grave has been adopted
It is important to know that our foundation does not maintain any of the "Adopt-A-Grave" programs. As a group of adopters, we are occupied with doing research to soldiers who gave their lives for freedom, hoping to honor them in this way. If you are particularly looking for the Foundation for Adopting Graves American Cemetery Margraten, which maintains the "Adopt-A-Grave" program for the American War Cemetery Margraten, please click here. Through that foundation you will be able to adopt a grave on the Margraten Cemetery or learn whether a particular grave on that cemetery has been adopted. The foundation that maintains the "Adopt-A-Grave" programs for the American Cemeteries Henri-Chapelle and Ardennes, we advise you to contact these cemeteries directly and they will help you the best they can. The "Adopt-A-Grave" program for the American Cemetery Epinal is maintained by US Memory Est Grande France. In case of the Lorraine Cemetery, the program is maintained by the Association France - Etas-Unis Lorraine. They can be reached by email.
To obtain information in our database
If you wish to obtain a copy of the information and other materials that can be found on a soldier's memorial page, please use the print button on a soldier's memorial page or send us an email if you wish to obtain a digital copy of the information. We will be happy to provide you with a copy of the information for personal use. However, we kindly ask you to ask permission if you wish to use any information or other material on your website or in any other kind of work/publication. Although we are always happy to share the information and/or photos, we do not own most of the material. Being committed to respecting the desires of our sources of information, which include soldiers' families and veterans, we will always ask these sources, if possible, for permission to share any material with other websites and publications, and for other uses that are not personal. We ask for your understanding in this.
Sending us information
We are committed to making sure that every soldier will be honored through a personal memorial page in our Fields of Honor - Database. One day, we hope to have added information about each soldier buried in or commemorated at the American War Cemeteries Ardennes, Epinal, Henri-Chapelle, Lorraine, Luxembourg, and Margraten. We ask for your help in honoring these soldiers. If you have more information on, photos of, or any other kind of documentation about a soldier who either has been buried at these cemeteries or listed there on the Walls of the Missing: we look forward to hearing from you! Together we will be able to give a face to every name and make sure that their life stories will be documented and preserved. You can send us information via our Contact page. Please only submit information or other documentation such as photos either of which you are the owner or for which you have acquired permission to submit it to our database from the original source.
The Fields of Honor - Database is a project of the Dutch non-profit organization Stichting Verenigde Adoptanten Amerikaanse Oorlogsgraven (Foundation United Adopters American War Graves). If you would like to support our mission to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom during World War II, please consider making a donation to our foundation, which allows us to cover expenses made for hosting this database and subscription fees to other databases that are fundamental to our research. You can make a donation through PayPal. We appreciate your support!
So far, information about approximately 24,000 soldiers has already been added to our Fields of Honor database. However, information about approximately 20,000 other soldiers has still not been added to our database yet. Gathering and adding information about these men takes a lot of effort and time. We therefore appreciate all our volunteers, which are listed below:
Jasper van Haren
The Stichting Verenigde Adoptanten Amerikaanse Oorlogsgraven is committed to ensuring that all information and any other kind of documentation found in our Fields of Honor - Database is correct. However, although we try our very hardest to make sure all information is correct by conducting thorough research, we cannot and do not guarantee that all information found in our Fields of Honor - Database is either correct or complete. Please note that we retrieve information and other documentation from a broad range of primary and secondary sources, grave adopters, soldiers' relatives, etc. and that we are, unfortunately, not always able to determine the accuracy of these sources. If you feel that information on a soldier in our database is either incorrect or incomplete, then please do contact us.
Furthermore, the foundation commits itself to crediting all sources of information and photos on a soldier's memorial page. When quoting larger pieces of texts or when using photos and other documentation in other works, we will make efforts to obtain permission for the use of this material. If you feel that we have insufficiently done so, please contact us.