HOMECOMING ’21 is working on locating the burial locations of the 5,100 individuals who came back on the USAT Wheaton in May 1921 as well as for all of the 44,000 Americans who were brought home for burial after World War I.

  1. FOR MEMORIAL DAY 2021 Check our map to see if there may be a Wheaton burial near you
    If there is no Wheaton returnee buried near you, the next best option is to visit the grave site of any other individual who died overseas in WWI and was brought back to the U.S.

    IF THERE IS NO WHEATON BURIAL NEAR YOU…
  2. Search the National Cemetery Grave Locator and/or FindAGrave.com
    • National Cemetery Grave Locator
      • First, check this map to see if there is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-managed National Cemetery containing WWI-era burials near you.
      • Then, use the National Cemetery Grave Locator to search that cemetery for a burial of a World War I soldier who died in 1917, 1918, or 1918.
      • If you find one or more names, proceed to step 3; otherwise, try FindAGrave.com (see below)
    • FindAGrave.com
      • Use the Find A Grave search tool to look for a burial near you.
      • Under “Year Died”, enter 1918, then select “+/1 year” from the dropdown menu next to it.
      • Under “Cemetery Location” first try a search with your city/town. If there are no results, try a search by county, or by state.
      • If you do get results, look for men (and in some cases, women!) who were born from the late 1880s up to 1901 at the latest.
      • If you find someone who looks like they served in World War I, proceed to step 3
  3. Search the Burial Card Database to see if they served overseas
    • If it is not clear whether or not the individual served overseas, go to http://wjh.us/AEF/ to check their burial card
    • Search for their first and last name in the Burial Card database.
    • If you get a potential result, click on the record. Double check the “Date of Death”, the “Emergency Address”, or the “Consignee” fields to make sure that this record matches

IF THEY ARE NOT IN THE BURIAL CARD DATABASE… That’s OK! You can keep looking, or if you are fairly confident that there are not WWI overseas burials near you, you can visit the grave of any service member who died in World War I, or even a veteran who died many years after the war.

The important thing is to participate, and to remember our fallen and their families!