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Mike Thomas in Georgia writes:
I am writing a magazine article for a Memorial Day tribute and I need the community’s help. The article centers around the soldiers, sailors, merchant mariners and airmen buried in the Normandy American Cemetery in France. (There are no Marines in this cemetery.)
I grew up in McKeesport and graduated in 1970 from McKeesport Area High School. I attended Duquesne University, class of 1974, and entered the U.S. Air Force. I've been away every since, but my family still lives in the local area.
I'm a military historian and researcher and am asking if you would publish my note below or any other type of help would be appreciated.
I know Coxswain Amin Isbir of McKeesport, who was killed in action June 6, 1944, is buried there. Two others are Private John L. Morgan and Private David F. Rae, both killed in July 1944.
If you know of any family members, neighbors, acquaintances, or anybody else that you know or think were buried in the Normandy American Cemetery can you give me their names? If you’re not sure, send me the name anyway.
There are a total of 9,388 graves and the state of Pennsylvania has the dubious honor of having the greatest number of people buried in this particular cemetery — 1,071. Preliminary research says approximately 95 people from the Mon Valley area were killed in World War II.
Mike Thomas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (404) 384-9112.
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Originally published March 24, 2021.