List of people buried at Arlington National Cemetery
This list states all of the notable individuals that are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
- 1 Military burials
- 2 Wartime service members with other distinguished careers
- 3 Notable civilians
- 4 Other
- 5 References
- 6 External links
- Creighton Abrams (1914–1974), United States Army General who commanded U.S. military operations in the Vietnam War from 1968–1972
- Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold (1886–1950), first (and so far only) General of the Air Force
- David E. Baker (1946–2009), United States Air Force Brigadier General. Holds distinction of being the only former Prisoner of War of the Vietnam War to later fly combat missions during Operation Desert Storm.
- John Basilone (1916–1945), US Marine Gunnery Sergeant, killed at Iwo Jima, received the Medal of Honor and posthumously the Navy Cross for bravery. Portrayed in the HBO mini-series The Pacific.
- Warner B. Bayley (1845–1928), United States Navy Rear Admiral
- Gordon Beecher (1904–1973), United States Navy Vice Admiral and composer
- Reginald R. Belknap (1871–1959), United States Navy rear admiral
- Claude C. Bloch (1878–1967), United States Navy admiral
- Jeremy Michael Boorda (1939–1996), US Navy Admiral and Chief of Naval Operations
- Donald Prentice Booth (1902–1993), US Army Lieutenant General, High Commissioner of the Ryukyu Islands from 1958 to 1961.
- Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (1912–1988), World War II Marine Corps fighter ace, Medal of Honor recipient, and commander of VMF-214, the "Black Sheep Squadron" (basis for the 1970s TV series Baa Baa Black Sheep)
- Omar Nelson Bradley (1893–1981), commanded the 12th Army Group in Europe during World War II, first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the last living five-star general.
- Ruby G. Bradley (1907–2002), Colonel and, with 34 medals, one of the most decorated women in U.S. military history
- Alfred Winsor Brown (1885–1938), naval officer and 31st Naval Governor of Guam.
- Miles Browning (1897–1954), World War I and World War II Navy officer and hero of the Battle of Midway
- Frank Buckles (1901–2011), last known American veteran of World War I.
- Omar Bundy (1861–1940), World War I Major General who commanded the 1st Brigade, 1st Expeditionary Division in France, awarded the French Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre.
- John Allen Campbell (1835–1880), Brevet Brigadier General; American Civil War, first Governor of Wyoming Territory in 1869 and Third Assistant Secretary of State.
- Marion E. Carl (1915–1998), World War II Marine Corps fighter ace and record-setting test pilot.
- Roger Chaffee (1935–1967) and Gus Grissom (1926–1967), astronauts killed in the Apollo 1 fire (Edward White was buried at West Point)
- Samuel-Edmour St.-Onge Chapleau (1839–1921), major of the N.Y. Army in the Civil War; Clerk of the senate of Canada and Clerk of the Parliaments of Canada, 1900–1917.
- Claire Lee Chennault (1893–1958), was a United States military aviator who commanded the "Flying Tigers" during World War II.
- William Christman (1843–1864), First soldier to be buried at Arlington Cemetery
- Bertram Tracy Clayton (1862–1918), Congressman from New York, killed in action in 1918
- John Clem (1851–1937), Major General, AKA Johnny Shiloh, arguably the youngest noncomissioned officer ever to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Was the last living Civil War veteran on active duty at the time of his retirement.
- John M. B. Clitz, U.S. Navy rear admiral (1821–1897)
- Edmund R. Colhoun, U.S. Navy rear admiral (1821–1897)
- Charles M. "Savvy" Cooke, Jr. (1886–1970), U.S. Navy four-star Admiral
- Charles Austin Coolidge (1844–1926), Brigadier General, served in Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War and the China Relief Expedition.
- Ernest T. Cragg (1922–2006), US Air Force Major General
- Truman W. Crawford (1934–2003), U.S. Marine (1966–96) Colonel, commander of the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, oldest active duty Marine at the time of his retirement; formerly U.S. Air Force (1953–63) Master Sergeant, musical director of the United States Air Force Drum and Bugle Corps.
- Scott Crossfield (1921–2006), US Naval aviator and test pilot, first to fly at twice the speed of sound; played a major role in the design and development of the North American X-15.
- William P. Cronan (1879–1929), U.S. Navy officer and 19th Naval Governor of Guam.
- Louis Cukela (1888–1956), Marine Corps Major, awarded two Medals of Honor for same act in World War I
- Arthur C. Davis (1893–1965), United States Navy Admiral, pioneer of dive bombing
- Jane Delano (1862–1919), Director, Army Nursing Corps
- Dieter Dengler (1938–2001), U.S. Navy pilot shot down over Laos who escaped from a Pathet Lao POW camp. Subject of the film Rescue Dawn.
- Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr., (1924–2014),U.S. Navy pilot shot down over Vietnam and held as a POW for over seven years. He went on to achieve the rank of Admiral before retiring from the Navy and to serve in the U.S. Senate from Alabama.
- Sir John Dill (1881–1944), British Diplomat and Field Marshal
- William Joseph Donovan (1883–1959), Major General and Chief of the OSS during World War II
- Abner Doubleday (1819–1893), Civil War general erroneously credited with inventing baseball
- Franklin J. Drake (1846–1929), U.S. Navy Rear Admiral
- Charles Durning (1923–2012), US Private during WWII, actor (Evening Shade)
- Clarence Ransom Edwards (1860–1931), commanded the 26th "Yankee" Division in World War I
- Alan Louis Eggers, Medal of Honor recipient for World War I.
- Frank J. Fletcher (1885–1973), Admiral, U.S. Navy, World War II; operational commander at Coral Sea and Midway; awarded Medal of Honor
- Nathan Bedford Forrest III (1905–1943) Brigadier General of the United States Army Air Forces, and a great-grandson of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. First American general to be killed in action during World War II
- Joseph J. Foss (1915–2003), World War II Marine Corps fighter ace, Medal of Honor recipient, and governor of South Dakota
- Rene Gagnon, one of the six U.S. Marines immortalized in Joe Rosenthal's iconic photo Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
- Francis L. Garrett (1919–1992), Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Navy
- John Gibbon (1827–1896), Brigadier General, Union Army, Civil War, most notably commander of 2nd Division, US II Corps that repelled Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg.
- William A. Glassford (1886–1958), U.S. Navy Vice Admiral
- Charles D. Griffin (1906–1996), Navy four-star admiral
- David Haskell Hackworth (1930–2005), Colonel and most decorated American soldier
- William "Bull" Halsey (1882–1959), World War II Navy five-star Fleet Admiral
- John Spencer Hardy (1913–2012), Chief of operations in the Mediterranean of U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II; later Lieutenant General of U.S. Air Force
- Ira Hayes, one of the six U.S. Marines immortalized in Joe Rosenthal's iconic photo Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
- Jeanne M. Holm (1921–2010), U.S. Air Force Major general, first Air Force woman promopted to Brigadier general and first woman promoted to Major general in the U.S. Armed Forces.
- Juliet Opie Hopkins (1818–1890), Florence Nightingale of the South
- Grace Hopper (1906–1992), Rear Admiral, pioneering computer scientist
- Kara Spears Hultgreen (1965–1994), the first female naval carrier-based fighter pilot
- Olaf M. Hustvedt (1886–1978), United States Navy Vice Admiral
- John Irwin (1832–1901), United States Navy rear admiral
- James Jabara (1923–1966), the first American jet ace in history, credited with shooting down 15 enemy aircraft during aerial combat.
- Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr. (1920–1978), USAF, first African American four-star General in the U.S. Armed Forces
- George Juskalian (1914–2010), U.S. Army veteran, three decades and fought in three wars including World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War.
- Philip Kearny (1815–1862), "fearless" one-armed cavalry General killed at Chantilly during the Civil War
- Jack Koehler (died 2012), U.S. Army veteran, Associated Press executive and former White House Communications Director
- Włodzimierz B. Krzyżanowski (1824–1887), Polish military leader and Civil War Union general.
- Henry Louis Larsen (1890–1962), Marine Lieutenant General; commanded the first deployed American troops in both World Wars; Governor of Guam and American Samoa.
- John Marshall Lee (1914–2003), Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy; WWII, Korea, Vietnam, NATO, S.A.L.T Talks; Navy Cross, DSM, Legion of Merit; son of Lieutenant-Colonel Alva Lee.
- Ruth A. Lucas (1920–2013), the first African American female Air Force Colonel
- Francis Lupo (1895–1918), private killed in France during World War I; holds the distinction of possibly being the longest U.S. service member missing in action to be found (1918–2003)
- Newton E. Mason (1850–1945), United States Navy rear admiral
- Mark Matthews (1894–2005), last surviving Buffalo Soldier
- Henry Pinckney McCain (1861–1941), US Army officer and Adjutant Generals of the U.S. Army; Uncle to McCain Sr, grand-uncle of McCain Jr.
- John S. McCain, Jr. (1911–1981), U.S. Navy admiral and father of Senator John McCain
- John S. McCain, Sr. (1884–1945), U.S. Navy admiral, grandfather of Senator John McCain, and father of Admiral John S. McCain, Jr.
- David McCampbell (1910–1996), the U.S. Navy's top World War II fighter ace with 34 kills
- Stewart L. McKenney (1917–2012), Brigadier General, Mayor of American Vienna Occupation, Loving Grandfather
- Montgomery C. Meigs (1816–1892), Brigadier General. Arlington National Cemetery was established by Meigs, who commanded the garrison at Arlington House and appropriated the grounds on June 15, 1864 for use as a military cemetery.
- Nelson A. Miles (1839–1925) U.S. Army Lieutenant General; served in the Civil War, Indian Wars, and the Spanish-American War. Noted for accepting the surrender of Geronimo and his band of Apache.
- Glenn Miller (1904–1944), Major and well known band leader who disappeared over the English Channel while flying to Paris. His body was never found, but he has a memorial headstone.
- Audie Murphy (1924–1971), U.S. Army, America's most decorated combat soldier of World War II and popular movie actor.
- Reginald F. Nicholson (1852–1939), United States Navy Rear Admiral, last U.S. Navy officer on active duty to have seen service during the American Civil War, first U.S. naval attaché to Ecuador and Peru
- Michael J. Novosel (1922–2006), U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4, Medal of Honor recipient, known as Dean of the Dustoff Pilots for his two tours in the Vietnam War during which he flew 2,534 missions and airlifted nearly 5,600 medical evacuees. A former Army Air Corps B-29 command pilot, Novosel was the last World War II pilot on active flying duty when he retired in 1985.
- Buckey O'Neill (1860–1898), an officer in Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders, who was killed in the Battle of San Juan Hill.
- Edward Ord (1818–1883), Major General, Army of the James during the Appomattox Campaign, Union Army, Civil War.
- Robert F. Overmyer (1936–1996), an American test pilot, Colonel in the United States Marine Corps and NASA astronaut.
- George S. Patton IV (1923–2004), Major General of the Army and son of famed WWII General, George S. Patton
- John J. Pershing (1860–1948), America's first General of the Armies, commanded American forces in World War I
- David Dixon Porter (1813–1891), Admiral, Union Navy, Civil War, most notable as the Union naval commander during the Vicksburg Campaign, a turning point of the war which split the Confederacy in two.
- Francis Gary Powers (1929–1977), American U-2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960
- Lewis Burwell Puller, Jr. (1945–1994), attorney, Pulitzer prize winning author and officer in the United States Marine Corps
- John Aaron Rawlins (1831–1869), Civil War General, chief of staff and later Secretary of War to Ulysses S. Grant
- Alfred C. Richmond (1902–1984), Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
- Hyman G. Rickover (1900–1986), Admiral, father of the Nuclear Navy
- Matthew Ridgway (1895–1993), WWII and Korean War General, Chief of Staff of the Army
- William S. Rosecrans (1819–1898), Major General, Army of the Cumberland, Union Army, Civil War
- William T. Ryder (1913–1992), Brigadier General, first American paratrooper.
- Thomas R. Sargent III (1914–2010), Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard
- August Schomburg (1908–1972), Lieutenant General, Commander United States Army Ordnance and Missile Command; Commander, Industrial College of the Armed Forces
- Thomas Selfridge (1882–1908), First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and the first person to die in a crash of a powered airplane
- Benedict J. Semmes, Jr., U.S. Navy Vice Admiral
- John Shalikashvili (1936–2011), General, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (1992–1993), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1993–1997)
- Philip Sheridan (1831–1888), commanding General, Union Army, Civil War
- Daniel Sickles (1819–1914), Major General, III Corps, Army of the Potomac, Union Army, Civil War. Also served as U.S. Minister to Spain and as U.S. Representative from New York
- Robert F. Sink, U.S. Army lieutenant general and former regimental commander of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division; a close friend of Easy Company commander Major Richard Winters, he is portrayed by Vietnam veteran and retired Marine Captain Dale Dye in the HBO/BBC miniseries Band of Brothers.
- Joseph S. Skerrett (1833–1897), U.S. Navy Rear Admiral
- Walter Bedell Smith (1895–1961), General, U.S. Army, World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower's Chief of Staff during Eisenhower's tenure at SHAEF and Director of the CIA from 1950 to 1953. Also served as U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1946 to 1948.
- Michael Strank, one of the six U.S. Marines immortalized in Joe Rosenthal's iconic photo Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima. Strank was killed in action just days after the photo was taken.
- Robert A. "Fuzzy" Theobald (1884–1957), U.S. Navy rear admiral who commanded Navy forces in the Aleutian Islands Campaign during World War II
- Larry Thorne (1919–1965), Finnish soldier who served in the US special forces and was a World War II veteran; called "soldier who fought under three flags (Finland, Germany and USA)"
- Matt Urban (1919–1995), Lt. Colonel, U.S Army, Ret., Medal of Honor recipient with seven Purple Hearts, WW II. He has the most individual combat decorations for an infantryman (~14) from US Army for WW II.
- Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV (1883–1953),General, hero of Bataan and Corregidor; highest ranking U.S. prisoner-of-war in World War II
- Joseph Wheeler (1836–1906), served as a Major General for two opposing forces: the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War and Philippine-American War
- Orde Charles Wingate (1903–1944), British Major General, creator and commander of the Chindits
- Spencer S. Wood (1861–1940), United States Navy Rear Admiral
- Clark H. Woodward (1877–1968), Vice Admiral, served in five wars: the Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, Boxer Rebellion and both World Wars
Wartime service members with other distinguished careers
- Peter H. Allabach (1824–1892), Colonel in the Union Army during the American Civil War, Chief of the United States Capitol Police
- Sosthenes Behn, (1882–1957), businessman and founder of ITT Corporation
- William W. Belknap, Army General, Secretary of War
- Hugo Black, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
- William J. Brennan, Jr., Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
- Ron Brown, Secretary of Commerce
- William Jennings Bryan, Secretary of State, three-time presidential candidate, orator
- William Francis Buckley, CIA Station Chief, murdered in Beirut.
- Charles Burlingame, pilot of hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 during September 11, 2001 attacks.
- Clark Clifford, Secretary of Defense, advisor to four presidents
- Winifred Collins, a World War II WAVES
- Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr., Apollo astronaut, third man to walk on the Moon
- James C. Corman (1920–2000), California politician
- Jackie Cooper (1922–2011) American actor, television director, producer and executive
- Dwight F. Davis, Secretary of War, established the Davis Cup
- Michael E. DeBakey, famous cardiovascular physician, U.S. Army soldier during World War II
- John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State
- Charles Durning, Army veteran and actor.
- Dashiell Hammett, author
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, wounded three times in the Civil War, "The Great Dissenter"
- Grace Hopper, Rear Admiral, pioneering computer scientist
- Edward Stanley Kellogg (1870–1948), U.S. Navy Captain, 16th Governor of American Samoa (1923–1925).
- Edward M. Kennedy (1932–2009), U.S. Army Veteran (1951–1953), U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (1962–2009).
- John F. Kennedy (1917–1963), U.S. Navy officer during World War II, U.S. Representative (1947–1953), U.S. Senator (1953–1961), President of the United States, (1961–1963).
- Robert F. Kennedy (1925–1968), Attorney General of the United States (1961–1964), U.S. Senator from New York (1965–1968).
- Frank Kowalski, U.S. Army veteran of World War II; U.S. Representative from Connecticut
- Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French military engineer, architect, and urban planner; designed the city of Washington
- Robert Todd Lincoln, Secretary of War, son of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
- Joe Louis, world heavyweight boxing champion
- Allard Lowenstein, U.S. Congressman from New York.
- John R. Lynch, freedman, U.S. Army major, and Member of Congress.
- Mike Mansfield, (1903–2001), U.S. Navy veteran of World War I, U.S. Army Private, U.S. Marine Corps Private; longest-serving Senate Majority Leader; longest-serving Ambassador to Japan.
- George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff of the Army, General of the Army, Emissary to China, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense. Instrumental in developing the European Recovery Program (Marshall Plan) after World War II
- Lee Marvin, Marine Corps veteran and actor.
- Bill Mauldin, editorial cartoonist; noted for World War II-era work satirizing military life in Stars and Stripes
- George B. McClellan, Jr. (1865–1940) Mayor of New York (1904–1909), son of Union Army Major General George B. McClellan
- John C. Metzler, World War II sergeant, former superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery (1951–1972); his son John C. Metzler, Jr. was also the superintendent from 1991 to 2010.
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator from New York
- Phelps Phelps, 38th Governor of American Samoa and United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
- Spot Poles, considered among the greatest outfielders of the Negro Leagues
- Manuel Quezon (1878–1944), Philippines President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines (1935–1944), served in the Philippine Revolutionary Army, transferred in 1946 to a cemetery in Manila
- William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States
- Earl W. Renfroe, orthodontist who helped originate the concept of preventive and interceptive orthodontics.
- Frank Reynolds, ABC television anchorman
- Samuel W. Small, journalist, evangelist, prohibitionist.
- Johnny Micheal Spann, CIA officer, first American killed in Afghanistan. Although Spann had served in the USMC, he was not in the military when killed. However, because he had received the CIA's Intelligence Star, considered the equivalent of the US Military's Silver Star and recognized as such by President George W. Bush, Spann was approved for burial in Arlington National Cemetery.
- Ted Stevens, (1923–2010), US Senator from Alaska
- Samuel S. Stratton, 15-term U.S. Representative from New York
- William Howard Taft, Secretary of War, President of the United States, Chief Justice of the United States
- John W. Weeks, Secretary of War, U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative
- Joseph F. Weis Jr., World War II veteran and federal judge
- George Westinghouse, Civil War veteran, Westinghouse Electric founder
- Harvey W. Wiley, first Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, "father" of the Pure Food and Drug Act
- Charles Willeford, World War II veteran and author
- Charles Wilson, Texas congressman who aided in the success of Operation Cyclone during the Soviet war in Afghanistan
- Julian Bartley, Sr. (54), United States Consul General, and his son Jay Bartley (20), killed together in the 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi
- Constance Bennett, Hollywood film actress, buried with her husband, Brigadier General Theron John Coulter.
- Harry Blackmun, Thurgood Marshall, William O. Douglas and Potter Stewart, four justices of the Supreme Court of the United States
- Leslie Coffelt, White House police officer killed fighting off would-be-assassins of President Harry S. Truman in the 1950 assassination attempt at Blair House.
- George Washington Parke Custis, founder of Arlington Plantation, grandson of Martha Washington, step-grandson of President George Washington, father to Mary Anna Custis Lee.
- Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis, wife to George Washington Parke Custis, daughter of William Fitzhugh and Ann Bolling Randolph Fitzhugh, mother to Mary Anna Custis Lee.
- Alex Gard, famous NYC restaurant and theatrical cartoonist of Russian descent.
- John Gibson and Jacob Chestnut, United States Capitol Police officers killed in the 1998 Capitol shooting attack
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, First Lady of the United States (1961–1963), wife of John F. Kennedy
- Patrick Bouvier Kennedy (1963–1963), infant son of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy
- Phyllis Kirk, famous TV and film actress, alongside her husband.
- Edmund Muskie, an American politician, Secretary of State.
- Mary Randolph, first person to be buried at Arlington Plantation, descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, cousin to Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis
- Judith Resnik, astronaut who died in the Challenger disaster
- Marie Teresa Rios, author of Fifteenth Pelican, basis for The Flying Nun television show.
- William P. Rogers, an American politician, Secretary of State.
- Helen Herron Taft (1861–1943), First Lady of the United States (1909–1913), wife of William Howard Taft
Remains from all of the Space Shuttle Challenger's crew are interred in Section 46, including four civilians and three military members.
Four state funerals have been held at Arlington: those of Presidents William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy, that of General John J. Pershing, and that of U.S. Senator from Massachusetts Edward M. Kennedy.
- Michael Robert Patterson, ed. (May 13, 2009). "David E. Baker: Brigadier General, United States Air Force". Arlington National Cemetery Website. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- Paul Duggan (March 15, 2011). "Frank Buckles, last U.S. veteran of World War I, laid to rest at Arlington". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- Find-A-Grave Memorial: Adm John Mellen Brady Clitz (1821–1897)
- Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edmund Ross Colhoun (1821–1897)
- Find-A-Grave: Charles Maynard Cooke, Jr. (1886–1970)
- Find-A-Grave Memorial" Adm Franklin J. Drake (1846–1929)
- Find-A-Grave: William Alexander Glassford
- John Spencer Hardy obituary, Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, May 3, 2012
- "Former AP executive Koehler, who also served a week in Reagan White House, dies in Conn. at 82". Associated Press (Minneapolis Star Tribune). 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
- TogetherWeServed – VADM Benedict Semmes
- Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joseph S. Skerrett (1833–1897)
- Medal of Honor Recipients Buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington National Cemetery. Retrieved on April 9, 2006.
- New York Times Obituary, March 6, 1935; and www.arlingtoncemetery.net/owholmes.htm
- "Headstone A K Lowenstein". Arlington National Cemetery Website.
- Bush At War, Bob Woodward, Simon and Schuester, 2002, page 317
- Rapp, David (2013-10-21). "Roll Call Founder Sid Yudain Dies at 90". Roll Call. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
- "Arlington Cemetery Listing