Long Island National Cemetery
Long Island National Cemetery
|Location||Suffolk County, New York|
|Type||United States National Cemetery|
|Size||364.7 acres (147.6 ha)|
|Number of graves||329,000+|
Long Island National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in Suffolk County, New York. It comprises the northern section of an area known as "Pinelawn", which consists of a grouping of cemeteries and memorial parks situated along Wellwood Avenue (County Road 3) - these include Pinelawn Memorial Park, St. Charles / Resurrection, Beth Moses, New Montefiore and Mt. Ararat Cemeteries. Its mailing address is Farmingdale (postal code 11735). Its borders East Farmingdale along its western edge and is located within the CDPS of Wyandanch (to the east), in the Town of Babylon, and Melville (to the north) in the Town of Huntington. It encompasses 364.7 acres (147.6 ha), and as of 30 September 2006, had 329,704 interments - making it the US National Cemetery with the largest number of interments.
The cemetery's centralized location makes it easily accessible to transportation - by road (Wellwood Avenue / Pinelawn Road, running north-south) or by train (Long Island Rail Road - Ronkonkoma Branch - Pinelawn station, running east-west). Holidays such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day see a notable increase in visitors.
Long Island National Cemetery was established in 1936 with a purchase of 175 acres (71 ha) of land from Pinelawn Cemetery to answer a need after World War I of a large number of veterans, and not enough burial space in the urban cemeteries in New York. At the time the only National Cemetery in the area was Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn, and it had very limited area available. The land was developed and burials began in March 1937. Within its first 8 years, it saw over 10,000 interments from World War II.
A section of the cemetery has the interments of World War II prisoners of war, including 37 Germans and 54 Italians. There are also 35 British Commonwealth servicemen buried here from the same war.
- A granite memorial to "Fallen Comrades of Nassau & Suffolk Counties" was erected in 1940.
- PFC.Eric Ribitsch, 173 Airborne Brigade, Bronze Star - Operation Yorktown, July 3 1966
- Frank John Becker, US Congressman, World War I veteran.
- Seaman First Class Heinrich Behnke, Medal of Honor recipient for peacetime service aboard USS Iowa
- Corporal Anthony Casamento, Medal of Honor recipient for action at the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II.
- Captain Leon Dabo, artist, World War I veteran.
- Mignon G. Eberhart, author.
- James Fay, US Congressman, World War I veteran.
- First Lieutenant Harry Sutton, of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, posthumously decorated with the Silver Star during the Hungnam Evacuation.
- Gunner's Mate Third Class John Everetts, Medal of Honor recipient for peacetime service aboard USS Cushing.
- Gunner's Mate Third Class Robert Galbraith, Medal of Honor recipient for action in the Philippine-American War.
- Russell Gleason, actor, son of James Gleason.
- Boatswain's Mate William Henry Gowan, Medal of Honor recipient for peacetime service in Coquimbo, Chile.
- Captain Sydney G. Gumpertz, Medal of Honor recipient for action in World War I.
- Chief Watertender August Holtz, Medal of Honor recipient for peacetime service aboard USS North Dakota.
- Helen Kane, singer and model for Betty Boop.
- First Lieutenant Stephen Edward Karopczyc, Medal of Honor recipient for action in the Vietnam War.
- Specialist Five John James Kedenburg, Medal of Honor recipient for action in the Vietnam War.
- Private Matthew Landano, Vietnam War veteran, killed in the crash of American Airlines Flight 383, November 8, 1965, in Constance, Kentucky.
- Private First Class Carlos James Lozada, Medal of Honor recipient for action at the Battle of Dak To during the Vietnam War.
- Granville 'Stick' McGhee, musician.
- Donald McPherson, lead singer and founder of music group The Main Ingredient.
- Landsman Thomas Mitchell, Medal of Honor recipient for peacetime service aboard USS Richmond.
- Jules Munshin, comedian, actor.
- Chief Boatswain's Mate Lauritz Nelson, Medal of Honor recipient for action aboard USS Nashville during the Spanish-American War.
- First Lieutenant Bernard James Ray, Medal of Honor recipient for action in World War II.
- Staff Sergeant Joseph Edward Schaefer, Medal of Honor recipient for action in World War II.
- Second Lieutenant Charles William Shea, Medal of Honor recipient for action in World War II.
- Frank Silvera, actor.
- Zutty Singleton, jazz musician.
- Private First Class William Henry Thompson, Medal of Honor recipient for action in the Korean War.
- Richard J. Tonry, US Congressman, World War I veteran.
- Private Michael Valente, Medal of Honor recipient for action in World War I.
- Seaman James Aloysius Walsh, Medal of Honor recipient for action aboard USS Florida during the US occupation of Veracruz, Mexico.
- First Lieutenant John Earl Warren, Medal of Honor recipient for action in the Vietnam War.
- Maurice Gosfield, comic actor and voice of Benny the Ball in Top Cat.
- Private First Class William N. Scotti, Veteran of both WWII as well as Korea and served in both the US Army Air Corps and US Air Force and was witness to first Hydrogen Bomb test (codenamed Ivy Mike) on November 1, 1952 at Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands.
- Specialist Raymond Nigel Spencer
-  CWGC Cemetery Report.