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23 June 2014

Many Czech WWI Graves Neglected, Says Member of History Buffs' Group

A hundred years ago, the world was about to be plunged into a conflict whose impact can still be felt today in many parts of the globe. Indeed, the creation of independent Czechoslovakia was only made possible by the defeat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

However, around one million Czechs fought in World War I in Austro-Hungarian uniforms, and tens of thousands died on a broad stretch of territory from northern Italy to Ukraine and Poland.

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20 June 2014

Remains of American WWII Soldiers Found in Vietnam

American experts identified the remains of two American servicemen who went missing in action during World War 2 (1939-1945) during a preliminary examination in Ho Chi Minh City on June 17.

If the findings prove accurate, this will be the first time the remains of US soldiers who went missing in action during WWII have been recovered in Vietnam.

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Historic Slave Cemetery Bulldozed In Houston

The historic Bradshaw Cemetery in Houston, Texas was bulldozed without its owners consent and now the family is searching for answers.

Bradshaw, a cemetery dating back to the 1800s and owned by the Nelloms family, was the final resting place for the "bodies of slaves and African Americans who fought in wars and were denied a proper burial…and the family who owns the land say they don’t even know who is responsible."

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11 June 2014

Queens Abolitionist's Tombstone Mysteriously Appears in Professor's Yard

A Queens College professor returning home from vacation found a mysterious gravestone laying in his yard and was set to break it into pieces when he realized how special it was. Allan Rudman says he got back to his Flushing home last week to find the gravestone sitting by his fence. As a geologist, he initially planned to hit it with a hammer and break it into pieces.

The gravestone was that of famous abolitionist Wilson Rantus, who died in 1861. He was a free middle-class black man who lived in Queens in the 1800s.

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9 June 2014

Police Baffled By 144-Year-Old Gravestone of Infant that mMysteriously Appeared in a Backyard Nearly 200 Miles from Cemetery

Police in Indiana have spent the past 12 years puzzling over a 19th-century tombstone that somehow ended up in a resident's backyard. With the help of social media and an enterprising Good Samaritan, the Greenwood Police Department now has come one step closer to solving the mystery.

In June 2002, a Greenwood woman was digging in her garden when she stumbled upon a 144-year-old gravestone.

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World War Two Skeletons Washed from Marshall Islands Graves 'By Rising Seas'

The skeletons of 26 Japanese soldiers who died during World War II have been washed from their graves in the low-lying Marshall Islands, prompting warnings by the nation that its future is under threat from rising sea levels.

The nation of 70,000 people revealed the extent of the devastation during United Nations climate change talks in Germany, saying global warming was ruining crops and that sea rises were overrunning parts of the islands. The nation’s 1,000-plus islands are only about six feet above sea level – and scientists are predicting a three- to six-foot rise in sea levels by the end of the century.

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4 June 2014

Gravestone Girls Preserve Cemetery Art

The next time you pass by a cemetery, stop and look at the gravestones because the dead are trying to tell you something and remind you that, one day, you will also take the long dirt nap.

Gravestone Girls co-founder Brenda J. Sullivan is helping keep the dead alive. She, along with Gravestone Girls Maggie White and Melissa Anderson, travel all over New England preserving cemetery art and history and giving presentations.

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2 June 2014

Skeletons of 800 Babies, Infants Believed To Be Buried at Bon Secours Sisters Site in Ireland

A woman with a dark secret has revealed why the skeletons of about 800 infants and children are believed to be in a disused septic tank.

The site in Tuam 32km north of Galway City, Ireland, is located at what was The Home, a home for unmarried mothers, run by the Bon Secours Sisters — a Roman Catholic religious order of nuns that today operates in US, Ireland, Peru, France, and Great Britain — from the 1920s until the 1960s, Irish Mail on Sunday reported.

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30 May 2014

Massive Flooding Causes Caskets To Float Away From Graves in South Louisiana

Heavy rains in south Louisiana Wednesday caused about a dozen caskets to float away from their graves. The scene unfolded in a cemetery in Assumption Parish, about 50 miles south of Baton Rouge, in the town of Belle Rose.

Loved ones of people buried there rushed to the cemetery and prevented them from floating away using sandbags to weigh them down. Others opted to move the caskets to higher ground.

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28 May 2014

Digger’s Remains Found at Fromelles: DNA Technology Uncovers New South Wales Soldier

The remains of Canowindra-born World War I digger Private Albert Williamson, who died in the bloody battle of Fromelles in 1916, have been identified using DNA technology.

Private Williamson, a member of the 54th battalion, was one of 20 diggers announced this week as having been identified, after their remains were found in a mass grave at Pheasant Wood in France in 2009. The battle of Fromelles is considered to be Australia’s worst military defeat of World War I.

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27 May 2014

Eight Decades in the Wrong Grave: Mac Map Collection Helps Solve Family Mystery

For 84 years, Private William Phillips was missing, lying underneath another man's headstone.

The soldier was killed in the final months of the war, when the front lines were moving quickly. He was buried on the battlefield near Bray-sur-Somme, but when the graves were moved into cemeteries in 1919, he was recorded as missing, his body classified as an unknown soldier.

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26 May 2014

After Almost 100 Years British WWI Prisoners of War Who Died in German Captivity Finally Have their Graves Marked with Headstones

British prisoners of war who died in German camps in the First World War have finally been honoured with proper war graves. Thirty-nine servicemen who were held in the Heilsberg prisoner camp were commemorated in a ceremony today at the site, which is in modern-day Poland.

The men, some of them just teenagers, were buried in a common grave after they died from disease and mistreatment while incarcerated.

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14 May 2014

150 Years Later, Family Visits Grave of Arlington’s First Hero

Army Pvt. William Christman died in service to his country, but until this year, his family didn’t even know where he was buried. A victim of measles, the 20-year-old from Pocono Lake, Pa., died in a D.C. hospital in 1864.

But as the first person to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Christman has one of the most distinct honors in military history. “Everybody buried here is a hero,” said Jack E. Lechner, Jr., the cemetery’s deputy superintendent. “Mode or manner of death isn’t a determining factor. It’s service to country.”

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12 May 2014

After 150 Years, Arlington Cemetery Still Holds Secrets

A lingering image for any Arlington National Cemetery visitor — more than caissons bearing the soon-to-be-interred or even the white-gloved honor guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier — is the perfect symmetry of alabaster headstones endlessly arrayed.

The stone sentinels give up their dead only on close inspection to visitors who leave pathways to gingerly step close and read the black lettering etched into marble.

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9 May 2014

16th Century 'Vampire' Grave Unearthed in Poland

Archaeologists have discovered the grave of a suspected vampire in Kamien Pomorski, northwestern Poland. The body, which dates back to the 16th century, was unearthed during a dig in a marketplace in the town, situated in the West Pomeranian Province.

As reported in Kamienskie.info, the team found unusual features which indicated the burial site was vampiric. The teeth, or "fangs" had been removed and a fragment of rock had been inserted into the mouth. In addition, his leg had been staked in order to prevent the body from rising from its grave.

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