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National Guard Honors WWII Dutch Pilots at Jackson Cemetery

JACKSON, Miss. — World War II 1942, Germany had control of the Netherlands and the Japanese were in the process of invading the Dutch East Indies. By this time a lot of Dutch forces had retreated to Australia and the United States. During that time, nearly 900 Dutch Pilots trained at Hawkins field in Mississippi.

Now training does not always go right. Thirty Dutch pilots died in the U.S. during training. They were buried in Jackson, Miss. at Cedar Lawn Cemetery. This Saturday at 10 a.m. the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum and the Mississippi National Guard will host a memorial service for the pilots buried there.

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