In 1952, Joy Currie, a young wife to an Air Force master sergeant in Koblenz, Germany, was staying in Wiesbaden awaiting the birth of her first child, a little boy.
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Kaiserslautern Military Community members came together May 14 for the Kindergraves memorial service to honor and remember 451 American children who died during the Cold War and were buried in the Kaiserslautern Military Cemetery.
One of the sweetest and strongest signs of friendship between Germany and America happened in Kaiserslautern. From 1952 to 1971, approximately 451 American infants who died at birth or shortly after at the American military hospital in Landstuhl or at nearby civilian hospitals were buried in the Kaiserslautern main cemetery, Waldfriedhof, adjacent to Daenner Kaserne.
The veterans made it home safely, but their children stayed behind in the U.S. Forces Kindergraves. The children had no chance at life, and most perished before their first birthday. The Kindergraves became the final resting place for 451 American children of service men and women serving in Europe during the buildup of the Cold War.