Fort Sill National Cemetery

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Fort Sill National Cemetery
Fort Sill National Cemetery is located in Oklahoma
Fort Sill National Cemetery
Location within Oklahoma
Details
Year established 2001
Location Elgin, Oklahoma
Country United States
Coordinates 34°45′40″N 98°20′44″W / 34.761129°N 98.345645°W / 34.761129; -98.34564534°45′40″N 98°20′44″W / 34.7611°N 98.3456°W / 34.7611; -98.3456 (Fort Sill National Cemetery)Coordinates: 34°45′40″N 98°20′44″W / 34.7611°N 98.3456°W / 34.7611; -98.3456 (Fort Sill National Cemetery)
Type United States National Cemetery
Size 391.3 acres (158.4 ha)
Number of graves 1,000

Fort Sill National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the city of Elgin in Comanche County, Oklahoma. It encompasses 391.3 acres (158.4 ha), and as of the end of 2005 had 952 interments.

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Fort Sill was established in 1869, in what was then Indian territory, by Major General Philip H. Sheridan, and named in honor of Brigadier General Joshua W. Sill, who died at the Battle of Stones River. The area around Fort Sill served as a reservation for displaced Native American groups. Apache Chief Geronimo lived the last days of his life, and died at Fort Sill, as did Kiowa Chief Kicking Bird.

Fort Sill National Cemetery was dedicated on November 2, 2001, it was the second National Cemetery built in the state of Oklahoma. The first stage of development of the cemetery finished in 2003. It complements the small burial area already at the Fort Sill Military Reservation, and intends to service the interment needs of veterans and their families well into the future.

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