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Arlington National Cemetery

Cemetery

Detailed history

The Arlington National Cemetery lies in Arlington County, Virginia. The cemetery was established in 1864 during the American Civil War to accommodate the remains of those who died in battle near Washington DC. There are approximately 400,000 headstones for deceased veterans and casualties from all wars fought by the United States since the Civil War, and for re-interred fallen from earlier conflicts. The cemetery is divided into 70 sections and contains 28 major memorials, and 142 minor memorials and plaques.

Arlington National Cemetery is owned by the United States Department of the Army.

www.ArlingtonCemetery.mil

Connections

People

  • Bernt Balchen

    Military | Colonel | Commander
    Norwegian Bernt Balchen was America's greatest Arctic expert of modern times, most notably he was the first pilot to fly across the South Pole. In WWI he served as a cavalryman in the Finnish Army, which fought against the Russians. In 1921, he became...

  • Ralph Becker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 439th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 94TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from glider towing mission [Op Varsity, Rhine crossing], hit by flak on approach to DZ managed to release gliders, before losing altitude and crashing 2 miles SW of Wesel, Germany 24-Mar-45....

  • Edward Blum

    Military | Colonel | IP | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 490BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions ETO. 700Hrs coastal anti-submarine patrols. WIA. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (2 battle stars), American Campaign Medal.

  • Paul Bowders

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic-Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 851BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Member of Dreyer crew. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WW II Victory, EAME (2 x battle stars), American Campaign Medal.

  • Carroll Briscoe

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to group on 15 Jan 1943. He was the 35th Officer to complete 25 missions. Reported on 05 Feb 1945 with the 2AF weather scouts. Retired as a Colonel from the USAF in 1972. ...

  • Eugene Britton

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. 61 x missions, 270 x hours. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, AM(4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Brown

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ernest Burdge

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bomber / Fighter pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 92BG, 8AF USAAF, 30 x B-17 combat missions. Transferred to ESF, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 385FS, 1SF, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 383FS, 1SF, 8AF USAAF. 40 x scouting missions. Awards: DFC (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gerald Burkhart

    Military | Ground Crew; Line Inspector | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Lewis Carter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Berlin 19-May-44 in B-17 42-31540 'Miss Donna Mae II'. Bombs from another B-17 ripped off the port stabilizer over the target condemning the pilot and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

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Buried or commemorated

  • Quentin Aanenson

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 366th Fighter Group
    Quentin Aanenson served as a pilot with the 391st Fighter Squadron of the 366th Fighter Group, flying 75 missions in Europe. ...

  • Frederick Anderson

    Military | General | Commanding General | 95th Bomb Group
    Formerly senior pilot. CG VIII BC 1 July 1943 to January 1944. ...

  • Frank Andrews

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commander of all United States forces in the European Theater of Operations
    In 1942 Lieutenant General Frank M Andrews went to North Africa, where as commander of all United States' forces in the Middle East, he helped to defeat Rommel's Afrika Korps. ...

  • Jesse Auton

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding General
    Deployed to ETO with 65th Fighter Wing, 8AF USAAF. 12 combat missions. Killed in a plane crash at Offutt AFB, Omaha, 20-Mar-52, while returning on a flight from California. ...

  • Ralph Becker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 439th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 94TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from glider towing mission [Op Varsity, Rhine crossing], hit by flak on approach to DZ managed to release gliders, before losing altitude and crashing 2 miles SW of Wesel, Germany 24-Mar-45....

  • Robert Becker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Robert Becker served as a waist gunner with the 555th Bomb Squadron of the 386th Bomb Group. On 13 December 1943, he was flying in B-26 41-31625 'Hell's Fury' when it was shot down near Schiphol, Holland. He is buried in a shared grave in Arlington...

  • Barclay Beeby

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Edward Blum

    Military | Colonel | IP | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 490BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions ETO. 700Hrs coastal anti-submarine patrols. WIA. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (2 battle stars), American Campaign Medal.

  • Hugh Bodiford

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    2 air plus 3 ground kills. flew F-80s in Europe 1948-49. Flew 100 missions during Korean War with 39th FIS in F-51Ds 1950-1951.

  • Paul Bowders

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic-Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 851BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Member of Dreyer crew. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WW II Victory, EAME (2 x battle stars), American Campaign Medal.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 15:52:49 Emily Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history and person associations
Sources

Official Website:
www.ArlingtonCemetery.mil

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