Cavalry Trooper Nominated as
Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission
May 21, 2009
On May 21, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Max Cleland as the Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission.
Cleland, 66, served in the United States Army including a tour of duty in Vietnam where he was wounded. Due to the severity of his injuries, he spent an extended period of time in military and VA Hospitals.
He has served in numerous elected and appointed government positions; Georgia State Senator, Administrator of Veterans Affairs (head of the Veterans Administration), Georgia Secretary of State, United States Senator and a member of the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
The American Battle Monuments Commission administers, operates and maintains on foreign soil 24 permanent American cemeteries, and 25 separate memorials, monuments and markers, including three memorials in the United States.
Max Cleland served as the Battalion Communication Officer for the 2/12th Cavalry when on April 8, 1968 he was wounded while conducting operations in the vicinity of Khe Sanh.
Charles Krohn, author of The Lost Battalion of Tet, Breakout of the 2/12th Cavalry at Hue is the Deputy Director, Public Affairs for the American Battle Monuments Commission. He served in the 2/12th Cavalry in 1967-1968.
Eighty-five 12th Cavalry Troopers who died during World War II while fighting in the Pacific are buried in the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines. In addition, 12th Cavalry Troopers who died while serving in the Panama Canal Zone from 1916 to 1921 are buried at the Corozal American Cemetery, Panama.
The American Battle Monuments Commission web site is at http://www.abmc.gov