United States of America
Practice Relating to Rule 115. Disposal of the Dead
Section F. Respect for and maintenance of graves
The US Field Manual (1956) provides that the graves of the dead “are respected [and] properly maintained”.
The Annotated Supplement to the US Naval Handbook (1997) requires that “as soon as circumstances permit, arrangement be made to … protect and maintain such sites permanently”.
In 1987, the Deputy Legal Adviser of the US Department of State affirmed: “We support … the principle … to maintain [grave] sites permanently”.