Looking for someone in Belgium

In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
My great Uncle died in WW I and I was wondering if someone from Belgium could find his grave marker and take a picture for me. He is buried in Flanders's Field.

Roy O Perley
Company F, 148 Infantry
37th Division
Grave No 86, Plot C
American Military Cemetery
1252 Waregem West Flanders

I cannot find him in the cemetery directory and I would like to have him added to the official directory.

He died on November 2nd, 1918, 9 days before Armistice took effect on November 11th, 1918.

I believe he died in the Ypres-Lys offensive in combat near the Scheldt River during the Hundred Days Offensive.


During World War I, in the front lines at Baccarat and the Pannes, in the Meuse-Argonne and Ypres-Lys offenses at Recicourt and Avocourt, men of the 148th fought in the three strenuous months which were to bring victory to the allied troops. It was the Ypres-Lys campaign that saw the crowning achievement of the 148th. There the Regiment, first of all the allied troops, crossed the Scheldt River in Belgium on 2 November 1918 and maintained the crossing in spite of heavy losses from devastating machine gun and shell fire. It was there, too, that the regimental motto, "We'll do it," was inspired.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/148th_Infantry_Regiment_(United_States)#cite_note-3

This is a picture of his grave stone and the information about its location.

He kept a diary during his service. This is a picture of him and part of his diary. He was a 21 year old man that grew up on a farm from rural Minnesota. A highlight of his service was riding a on a train for the first time.

This is the telegram my Great Grandmother received notify her of his death in combat.

My wife and I bought him a paver at our local veterans memorial. This and the cross in Flanders Fields are the only memorials to his sacrifice.


By: KittyKat (2266.00)

Tags: liveleakers, WWI, Belgium

Location: Belgium