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The Honolulu memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. More than 28,000 Americans that gave their lives in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War are memorialized on the Courts of the Missing here. Photo from the ABMC Website, © 2005 New Voyage Communications, Inc.

I’ll never get to visit the final resting place of my relative, Royal Freeman Munger.

That’s because Royal, a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII,  went missing in action in March of 1945.

But thanks to detailed information available on the website of the American Battle Monuments Commission, I did learn there’s a memorial for war veterans with his name on it that I could visit.

Video: Slaves No More

New York's Capital Region honors, re-buries Colonial-era slaves. Found by accident in an unmarked cemetery, scientists pinpointed their African origin and the community held a wake and funeral.

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