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Died: May 18, 1942 - Killed in Action
Herbert P. Rivers
Private 1st Class
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- US Army
Private First Class Herbert Rivers enlisted into the US Army Air Corps on 09 Oct 1940 and served in the 28th Material Squadron, 20th Air Base Group and lost his life on May 18, 1942. Died of Wounds per WWII Honor List of Dead and Missing State of RI War Dept June 1946. Buried in Manila, Fort William McKinley, Philippines, Ft. McKinley 7701, Block F, Row 2, Grave 19. The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines occupies 152 acres on a prominent plateau, visible at a distance from the east, south and west. It contains the largest number of graves of our military dead of World War II, a total of 17,191, most of whom lost their lives in operations in New Guinea and the Philippines. The headstones are aligned in 11 plots forming a generally circular pattern, set among masses of a wide variety of tropical trees and shrubbery.
The chapel, a white masonry building enriched with sculpture and mosaic, stands near the center of the cemetery. In front of it on a wide terrace are two large hemicycles. Twenty-five mosaic maps recall the achievements of the American armed forces in the Pacific, China, India and Burma. On rectangular Trani limestone piers within the hemicycles, are inscribed the Tablets of the Missing containing 36,286 names. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. Carved in the floors are the seals of the American states and its territories. From the memorial and other points within the cemetery there are impressive views over the lowlands to Laguna de Bay and towards the distant mountains.