U.S. Embassy To Commemorate U.S. Soldiers Who Perished in Lithuania
On Monday May 28th at 10:00 am, members of the United States Defense
Attaché Office, along with representatives of the Silute government,
Lithuanian Ministry of Defense, and Lithuanian Armed Forces, will
participate in a U.S. Memorial Day ceremony at the Macikai village cemetery
in the Silute region.
The guests will be welcomed by a Lithuanian Navy Honor Guard, and then
the U.S. and Lithuanian representatives will make brief speeches and lay
This annual ceremony will honor three United States Army Air Corps Airmen
who were shot down, captured, and held at Stalag Luft 6, a Nazi War Prisoner
camp outside of Macikai during World War II.
Staff Sergeant George B. Walker, Staff Sergeant Walter Nies, and
Technical Sergeant William F. Teaff died while in captivity and are now
buried near the site of the old camp.
The exact location of the three B-17 airplane crewmember’s remains within
the cemetery is unknown. A small monument sits in the approximate spot
where the three are buried. The cemetery is also the final resting place
for Belgian, Polish, Canadian and German military personnel affiliated with
the former camp, as well as Lithuanians.
Members of the U.S. Defense Attaché Office will be available after the
ceremony to take questions from journalists.
Counselor for Public Affairs
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