Arlington National Cemetery dates from the American Civil War and contains war graves of many wars in which America participated, as the First and Second World War and the Korea War and Vietnam. It is also used to bury veterans of these wars. In 2016, there were in total more than 400,000 graves in this cemetery. Besides these graves, many memorials can be found in honor of casualties, battles and regiments.
Many great names are buried on Arlington National Cemetery. Amongst them are John F. Kennedy, Abner Doubleday, Omar Nelson Bradley, Frank J. Fletcher, William "Bull" Halsey, Audie Murphy, Robert F. Sink and Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV.
It also contains 11 Commonwealth war graves from World War I and 21 from World War II and four Dutch war graves of the Second World War.
The National Cemeteries in the U.S.A. are used for war graves, graves of U.S. military personnel, veterans and their spouses but not exclusively so. There are also special state veteran cemeteries.
At the Arlington National Cemetery is the grave of President John F. Kennedy.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on 02-05-1917 in Brooklyn. John F. Kennedy was rejected in 1941 for the Army because of a back injury. Eventually, he did manage to get service in the Navy during the Second World War.
He was commander of MTB PT-109 which was sunk in an attack by the Japanese ship Amagiri. The surviving crewmembers managed to get to an island, which took 2 days.
The Arlington National Cemetery contains American war graves from the American Civil War, the First and Second World War and several other war in which America participated.
Afghanistan/Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom
Arlington National Cemetery contains the graves (almost all in Section 60) of the soldiers who fought for the United States of America and who gave their lives in the War in Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom or Iraqi Freedom.
Tomb of the Unknowns
In 1921 an unknown soldier, killed during the First World War was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1932 a tomb of white marble was placed over his grave, with the text "Here rests in honored glory, an American Soldier known but to God."
Later were buried here from unknown soldiers who died in World War II and in the wars in Korea and Vietnam.
The tomb is now called The Tomb of the Unknowns and get 7 days a week, monitored 24 hours a day.
The tomb of the unknown soldier of the Vietnam War is empty. The buried soldier was identified in 1998, it was the body crasht aviator First Lieutenant Michael Joseph Blassie.
Grave monument John Rodgers Meigs
On Arlington National Cemetery is the grave of John Rodgers Meigs, next to the grave of his father Montgomery C. Meigs, founder of Arlington National Cemetery. John Rodgers Meigs, was a lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. He was killed near Harrisonburg, Virginia, in October 1864. The grave shows the circumstances of his death.
Grave Memorial Field Marshal John Greer Dill
Sir John Greer Dill was a British commander during the First and Second World Wars. From may 1940 until December 1941 he was Chief of the Imperial General Staff.
Sir John Greer Dill served until his death on 4 november 1944 in Washington.
In 1944 he was awarded posthumously the American Distinguished Service Medal and received an unprecedented joint resolution of Congress in recognition of his services.
Grave memorial General Philip Kearny
Arlington National Cemetery contains a memorial with the grave of General Philip Kearny.
General Philip Kearny was a United States Army officer, known for his leadership in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War.
General Philip Kearny died during an action in the Battle of Chantilly on 01-09-1862.
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- Text: TracesOfWar
- Photos: John Christensen (1, 2, 5), IP Singh (3), Sgt. Erica Vinyard, U.S. Army (4)
- ATKINSON, RICK, Where Valor Rests, National Geographic Society, Washington, 2009.
- ROBERT M. POOLE, On Hallowed Ground, Walker & Company, New York, 2009.