Willamette National Cemetery
|Willamette National Cemetery|
|For Veterans of the Armed Forces|
near Portland, Oregon
Willamette National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located about 10 miles (16 km) southeast of the city of Portland, Oregon. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses 269.4 acres (109.0 ha) straddling the county line between Multnomah and Clackamas Counties. As of 2014, there had been 164,00 interments.
Plans to create a military cemetery in the Portland area started as early as 1941, and Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill to establish a national cemetery, but the necessary money to acquire the land was never allocated. Finally, in 1949 the state of Oregon donated 102 acres (41 ha) of land for the establishment of a National Cemetery. Construction was completed in 1950, and Willamette National Cemetery was officially opened on December 14 that year. The first interment did not take place until 1951. In 1952, another 100 acres (40 ha) of land were donated to the cemetery.
Willamette National Cemetery is a Blue Star Memorial Highway site.
- A Korean War Memorial, dedicated to the 283 people from Oregon who fought and died in that war.
- Medal of Honor recipients
- Alexander G. Barry (1892–1952), United States Senator
- Carson Bigbee (1895–1964), Major League Baseball player
- Milt Davis (1929–2008), professional football player
- George Freese (1926–2014), Major League Baseball player
- Mark Hatfield (1922–2011), U.S. Senator and Governor from Oregon
- Scott Leavitt (1879–1966), U.S. Representative from Montana
- Thomas E. Martin (1893–1971), U.S. Representative and Senator from Iowa
- Kenneth L. Reusser (1920–2009), United States Marine Corps aviator
- Homer Norman Wallin (1893–1984), United States Navy admiral
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- National Cemetery Administration
- Willamette National Cemetery
- Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) No. OR-3, "Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 Southeast Mount Scott Boulevard, Portland, Multnomah County, OR", 37 photos, 4 photo caption pages
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Willamette National Cemetery
- Willamette National Cemetery at Find a Grave