My great uncle was Domenick Yacketta. He died on the Leopoldville, his remains were recovered and returned to the US for burial in 1949.
Does anyone have any details on the timing of the recovery of remains? Were they recovered in the immediate aftermath of the sinking and then temporarily interred in France? Does anyone know which cemetery?
I am about to visit the Normandy area and D-Day beaches and am interested to know this.
Your uncle was assigned to 2nd battalion, hdq. Co., anti-tank platoon, 262nd regiment, 66th infantry division. There were 8 survivors from his platoon. Your uncle’s body was one of 3 recovered from his platoon. The bodies of 2 soldiers from his platoon were never found. Stats are from my copy of National archive official army Leopoldville casualty lists prepared on 12/29/1944 & 01/05/1945. There were 76 recovered bodies killed in the sinking buried in what became Normandy American Cemetery in France. Families after the war had the option to leave the body in France, returned to hometown for local burial, or returned to USA for burial in a National military cemetery. Suggest you e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Allan Andrade Leopoldville disaster author/historian