T McGowan Memorials
McGowan was enroute to his unit in England when his plane went down. His remains were recovered from the English Channel and he was buried at Cambridge American Cemetery in Flixton, Suffolk, England.
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The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) has a rich legacy that spans a century. It began with the establishment of a policy after World War I that recognized the need to acknowledge America’s contribution to Europe’s war dead through commemorative cemeteries and memorials, while respecting the wishes of families to have their loved ones’ bodies returned home. Today, ABMC is celebrating its centennial throughout 2023 as guardian of America’s overseas battlefield cemeteries and military memorials. Read stories of the men and women whose lives were forever changed by service to our country. They are our heroes. They are For Evermore.
Headstones are generally set in the ground or in slotted bases and in rare cases in concrete. Over time the earth has shifted, rodents have burrowed under the bases and animals have pushed over or broken some of them.
Some of these broken and un-levelled headstones need to be reset so that they stand vertical and can shed water and breath. Resetting a headstone is a two person task at minimum.
Start by stabilising the headstone on pieces of wood strapped to it. Then lift the stone onto a flat surface for cleaning. Carefully inspect it for stress cracks and if structurally sound allow it to be reset into a slotted base.
When resetting a headstone into a slotted base mix the setting mortar as described in CCUS Bulletin # (TBD). Make sure that the leveling spacers are not moved from their original position in the base slot. Place the headstone into the slot and secure it with wooden braces and clamps if required.
The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) celebrated its centennial in 2023, reflecting on 100 years as the guardian of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and military memorials worldwide. While the agency was created in the wake of World War I, its role is still vital today.
This past July, U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. William J. McGowan was laid to rest at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial (NOAC) nearly 80 years after he was killed during operations in World War II. The 23-year-old Minnesota native died when the P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft he was piloting crashed near Moon-sur-Elle, France.
After McGowan’s death, his family received a Western Union telegram from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) informing them that he was missing and unaccounted for. His name was then inscribed on the Walls of the Missing at NOAC, and he was buried there in 2019 after being forensically identified. He now lies alongside nearly 9,300 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice at NOAC.
Located in Glasgow, T McGowan & Sons Monumental Masons is a monumental masonry firm that creates, installs and repairs headstones and other memorials. They are a family-run business that has been in the business for over 60 years, serving all of Scotland. They make beautiful headsone & gravestones to memorialize loved ones who have passed on. They also offer services like cleaning, restorations and additional lettering.
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