Graves Registration supplied a map of the
location where George Lovelady's body was found.
His isolated field grave was marked by a crude wooden cross
simply marked "U.S.A." and was went undiscovered for quite some time.
It was found by a local farmer, Wyers Jonssen who reported it
Lovelady's grave is number 2 (circled) of 3 that are identified on the document.
The 3 bodies were apparently collected on the same day and were
interred side by side in the U.S. Military Cemetery, Margraten.
a retired Corporal of the
Dutch army who served in an airmobile/airborne unit. was deployed to
Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Martijn adopted the grave of George Lovelady not only because
George was a
liberator but also due to the fact that he served in the same kind of
unit as Martijn.
said that he considers the adoption "... a great honour."
Headstone inscription and interment record and the resulting grave marker for Pfc George M. Lovelady at
Plot P Row 5 Grave 15 in
Margraten American Cemetery, Holland.
Pfc Lovelady was killed in action on
20 September 1944 and was awarded the Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster.
He had been first wound in France on 14 June 1944 but was able to return
to his unit on 9 August 1944.