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Arlington National 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.



  • 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.

  • John Bonds

    Military | Pilot | 452nd Bomb Group

  • 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.

  • William Broach

    Military | Flight Officer | Radar Operator
    Broach was killed in a flying accident on 27 October 1944 while returning to base in his P-61 Black Widow. Something went wrong in the final approach before landing, and the aircraft crashed, killing Broach and pilot Bruce Heflin

  • 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.

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Buried or commemorated

  • Richard Cross

    Military | Major General | Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Major General Richard G. Cross Jr., is commander of the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center, a separate operating agency, located at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. AFTEC is responsible for managing the Air Force operational test and evaluation program...

  • August Fleischbein

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier / Navigator | 452nd Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-37950 'Dinah Might', the crew baled out and the pilot made an emergency landing near Polder, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Nathan Forrest

    Military | Brigadier General | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    KIlled In Action in the loss of B-17 42-30164 on the Kiel mission 13 June 1943.


  • 42-95390 Rough Buddy

    B-24 Liberator
    (Source:, created and maintained by Mr Daniel Carville) "Rough Buddy"'s operational career ended in Alsace (eastern France) on September 10, 1944 while she was flying her 21st mission against Heilbronn marshalling yards (secondary...


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

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