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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.

  • 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

  • Lewis Frisbee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Schrader, R. Crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down 6-25-1943 in B-17 #42-30027. Mission #3 to Hamburg, Germany. MACR 162. KIA. Sgt Frisbee is surmised to have bailed out and possibly drowned. His body washed ashore 18 July 1943. He was...


  • 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...


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

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