Memorial Day is designated as an annual day of remembrance to honor all those who have died in service to the United States during peace and war. In observance of Memorial Day, we are looking more closely at a newly digitized series of records from the Cartographic Branch at the National Archives: Initial Burial Plats for World War I American Soldiers.
This series consists of blueprints of survey maps and field drawings created by the 29th Army Corps of Engineers for the Graves Registration Service during World War I. The maps detail locations of scattered and isolated soldier grave sites. Each grave is identified by the soldier’s name, rank, serial number, and unit, if known. The plats also show surrounding landmarks, buildings, and other markers that could be used to identify the location of the burial.
The survey dates to 1919 and is arranged into four Plat Books (A-D) in the Initial Burial Plats for World War I American Soldiers series. You can learn more about these records and how to make them more accessible in the National Archives Catalog Newsletter.
📸 1: Plat B-62 shows an area with a larger concentration of graves of American soldiers.National Archives Identifier: 102727724.
📸 2: Plat D-27, showing a grouping of soldier graves. The soldiers are identified by their name, unit, rank, and serial number, if known. National Archives Identifier: 102727730.
📸 3: Plat A-2 shows a grouping of 47 soldier graves that are located near a chateau, barn, and stone retaining wall. National Archives Identifier: 102727722.
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