Governor Deval Patrick took a break from his international trade mission meetings today to visit the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial in Madingley, England, and pay his respects to fallen US military members from World War II.
A statement issued by his office said Patrick laid a wreath in honor of those members from Massachusetts. He also presented the cemetery with a Massachusetts flag previously flown over the State House in honor of the state’s service members who are buried in the cemetery, or listed as missing.
In addition, Patrick placed flowers on the grave of Technical Sergeant Chester W Yurick, of Needham, Mass. He served as radio operator on a B-24 Liberator from the 44th Bomb Group based at Shipdham in Norfolk, England.
Yurkick and his crew died following a crash landing after their aircraft was damaged by German defenses.
The Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial site was donated by the University of Cambridge and occupies about 30 acres. It contains the remains of 3,812 American military dead, including 360 from Massachusetts, with another 5,127 names recorded on the Tablets of the Missing.
Many of the soldiers buried at the cemetery died during the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II, or in the strategic air bombardment of northwest Europe.
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