United States of America
Practice Relating to Rule 116. Accounting for the Dead
Section C. Marking of graves and access to gravesites
The US Field Manual (1956) provides that the graves of the dead are “marked so that they may always be found”.
The Annotated Supplement to the US Naval Handbook (1997) requires that “as soon as circumstances permit, arrangement be made to facilitate access to grave sites by relatives”.
In 1987, the Deputy Legal Adviser of the US Department of State affirmed: “We support … the principle that … the remains of the dead be … marked … [and] as soon as circumstances permit, arrangements be made to facilitate access to grave sites by relatives.”