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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....

  • Gustave Bjorkstrom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions*. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 42-97407 'Asterisk' 30-Nov-44; Hit by flak and knocked unconscious just prior to mid air collision with B-17 44-8080. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • Melvin Bleakman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Assistant Operations | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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

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Buried or commemorated

  • Alfred Beacom

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Original member of Verner Wertsch crew in 410BS, 94BG, 8AF. Transferred to 457 BG where he completed 31 x combat missions. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Peter Beasley

    Military | Colonel | Chief of Supply
    Beasley was one of 6 staff officers to accompany General Eaker to England in February 1942. He was commissioned into the military after working as an executive of Lockheed Aircraft Company. ...

  • Kenneth Betts

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down in a frontal attack by fighters on the return from a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31135 'Suzy Sagtitz' crashed near Schoonebekerveld, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gustave Bjorkstrom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions*. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 42-97407 'Asterisk' 30-Nov-44; Hit by flak and knocked unconscious just prior to mid air collision with B-17 44-8080. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • Melvin Bleakman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Assistant Operations | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Boykowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 42-94812 'Little Warrior' 29-Jun-44; flak hit caused conflagration, flames from cockpit to rear of bomb bay. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6721 Awards: PH.

  • John Bradley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Le Bourget in B-17 42-29866; Shot down by flak 16-Aug-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1352 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME

  • Charles Brouwer-Ancher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shotdown on 7/6/44 on mission to Verona in B-17 #42-31848. A/C was attacked by enemy fighters and exploded at about 14,000 feet, three chutes were seen, one burning, crashed Rovigo, It; MACR 6376. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Brown

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 09 Dec 1944 B-17 #43-38362 was shot down by flak. According to KU 3457, Lt. Brown's parachute failed to open when he bailed out near Wolfach. Aircraft continued unmanned and crashed about 60 km away near Fouchy, France. AM 3OLC, PH,

  • Edwin Burkhardt

    Military | Corporal | Nose gunner | 461st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 764BS, 461BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Odertal oil refinery in B-24 42-51324; Mechanical issues forced A/C to drop out of formation, subsequently mauled by fighters, A/C abandoned. Baled out, and with assistance from Czech...

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Aircraft

  • 42-95390 Rough Buddy

    B-24 Liberator
    (Source: francecrash39-45.net, 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...

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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