Manila American Military Cemetery and Memorial
By Jim Coppens
Thursday November 28, 2013 In the course of a family visit to Manila, I accompanied family members transporting a family member to the Manila airport. Afterwards, When we departed the airport I asked if we could stop at the Manila American Military Cemetery and Memorial, which is nearby.
This is a hidden gem for tourists in Manila, missed by most visitors. It is located in Makati City, Metro Manila, within the boundaries of the former Fort William McKinley. The easiest access from Manila International Airport is via Lawton Avenue (formerly Nichols Field Road).
I was surprised to learn that The cemetery has the largest number of graves of any cemetery for U.S. personnel killed during World War II and holds war dead killed in New Guinea, or during the Battle of the Philippines (1941-42) or the Allied recapture of the islands.
The Memorial, maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission, is the largest site administered by the Commission by number of graves and MIAs listed.
There are 25 mosaic maps recalling the actions of US Armed Forces in the Pacific, China, India and Burma.
Attached are photos. A distant relative named Coppens is listed as an MIA.
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