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East Coast Memorial


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The East Coast Memorial is a Second World War Memorial located in Battery Park, New York City. The Memorial stands to commemorate US servicemen who died in the West Atlantic Ocean and who could not be recovered. There are 4,611 names of sailors, soldiers, airmen, coast guards, marines and merchant naval personnel listed over four granite pylons. An eagle statue faces the Statue of Liberty.

The memorial is one of three memorials for missing servicemen in the United States. The East Coast Memorial, West Coast Memorial and Honolulu Meorial (Vietnam) are all administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission. The East Coast Memorial was designed by Gehron & Seltzer, it was dedicated in 1963 by President John F Kennedy.



  • David McGadey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Aerial Engineer; Aerial Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in ferrying loss from Gander to Prestwick in B-17 #42-30254.

  • Morris Meyers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | AAEG | 385th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Morris Meyers was the son of Max and Celia Meyers. He was from Detroit, Michigan. ...

  • Fred Montgomery

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Killed in ferrying loss from Gander to Prestwick in B-17 #42-30254.

  • David Saalfeld

    Military | Major | Navigator; Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Flew 36 missions, including Schweinfurt. Severely wounded on 7th mission - numerous shrapnel wounds, 8 teeth shot out, scalp torn off. On a mission to the Kiel Canal to bomb the Germans' largest battleship, we were hit badly. Jettisoned everything...

  • William Vinton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Completed 34 missions as top turret and waist gunner from Dec. 5, 1944 to April 25, 1945 with the same crew members on the Jean Ridley crew. All returned safely to the States together at the end of European hostilities. After furlough was assigned...

Buried or commemorated

  • Lowell Lindblom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio operator | 379th Bomb Group
    KIS. In 379th's move to England, ac B-17F 42-3132 was lost flying from Gander, Newfoundland to Scotland. It disappeared over the Atlantic enroute from Gander Bay, Newfoundland to Preswick, Scotland on April 24th 1943.


Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 14:14:35 Emily Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history and person associations

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