Kerry Temple '74 | March 30, 2016
Almost 70 years had passed since Captain Charles D. Stapleton was killed in action.
The white cross offers very few clues of the life so honored there. It is one of 9,387 white crosses that stand in disturbingly long rows at the Normandy American Cemetery in France, the final home for Americans killed in World War II.
Etched into the stone cross is name and rank and home state: New York. His regiment: the 117th Infantry. His division: the 30th Infantry. His date of death: July 12, 1944.