Appreciation, acknowledgement for Marc J. Gonsalves

Kaiserslautern Deputy Mayor Peter Kiefer (left) presents a certificate to Chief Master Sgt. Marc Gonsalves (center) for his dedication regarding the Kindergraves.

Chief Master Sergeant dedicated to maintaining, caring for American Kindergraves

Kaiserslautern Deputy Mayor Peter Kiefer presented a certificate and a Kaiserslautern city medal of honor to U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Marc Gonsalves, 37th Airlift Squadron senior enlisted leader, and his wife, for maintaining and caring for American Kindergraves.

In his speech, Kiefer emphasized, “I’m delighted to personally thank you for your dedication in maintaining and keeping up the Kindergraves at our main cemetery.”

The Kindergraves were established between 1952 and 1971 and are still visited by relatives today. During that period a total of 457 children of U.S. parents stationed in Kaiserslautern were laid to rest.

Financial support for the transfer of the deceased children to the USA was not available at that time and therefore the city provided a burial ground at the cemetery. Members of the U.S. Air Force, Army and the German-American & International Women’s Club still take care of the graves with passion and dedication.