Jeff Hall

Member for
8 years · 1 month · 18 days
Find A Grave ID
47296194

Bio

"Freedom is not Free"

I am honored to create memorials for our WWII, Korean, and Vietnam war dead.

In May 2017 I completed a 4 year project creating virtual cemeteries for all American Ground Forces casualties during WWII. Obtaining Army and Marine Corps divisional casualty rosters from the National Archives, WWII unit histories and resources found on line I have searched over 100,000 names on Find A Grave creating about 15,000 memorials. I have viewed the names of virtually every Soldier or Marine that was a ground combat casualty during WWII. During my search I determined that no burial location could be found for between 10-15% of the names.

65 Infantry Divisions (65/65 completed)
16 Armored Divisions (16/16 completed)
4 Airborne Divisions (4/4 completed)
1 Cavalry Division (1/1 completed)
1 Mountain Division (1/1 completed)
6 Marine Divisions (6/6 completed)

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The Cost of Freedom:
American War and Military Operations
Casualties:

WW2 US Army Battle Deaths: 291,557
WW2 US Marine Corps Battle Deaths: 19,733
US Navy Battle Deaths: 36,950

Korean War US Army Battle Casualties: 29,856
Korean War US Marine Corps Battle Casualties: 4,509
Korean War US Navy Battle Casualties: 657
Korean War US Air Force Battle Casualties: 4,509

Vietnam War US Army Battle Casualties: 38,224
Vietnam War US Marine Corps Battle Casualties: 14,844
Vietnam War US Navy Battle Casualties: 2,566
Vietnam War US Air Force Battle Casualties: 2,586

https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL32492.pdf

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Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz:
"They fought together as brothers in arms; they died together and now they sleep side by side...To them, we have a solemn obligation — the obligation to ensure that their sacrifice will help make this a better and safer world in which to live."

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In 2013 I completed a five year project traveling to Hawaii annually from the mainland to photograph headstones for all of our WW2 dead at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in Honolulu. I have added over 10,000 photos to memorials at the cemetery. Prior to 2008, few of the memorials had a headstone photo.

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