Barrancas National Cemetery
Barrancas National Cemetery
|Location||Pensacola, Florida, United States|
|Area||45.1 acres (18.3 ha)|
|MPS||Civil War Era National Cemeteries MPS|
|NRHP reference #||98000083|
|Added to NRHP||February 12, 1998|
Barrancas National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located at Naval Air Station Pensacola, in the city of Pensacola, Florida. It encompasses 94.9 acres (38.4 ha), and as of the end of 2005, had 32,643 interments.
The area has been used as a burial ground since the construction of Fort Barrancas. In 1838 it was established as a United States Navy cemetery. During the Civil War, Pensacola was hotly contested, as it was considered to be the best port for access to the Gulf of Mexico. Numerous soldiers on both sides were interred in the cemetery after falling in combat, or dying in nearby hospitals. After the war, in 1868, Barrancas was officially made a National Cemetery and many other nearby makeshift burial grounds were disinterred and relocated to Barrancas. In each year, 1944, 1950, 1986, and 1990, more area was transferred from NAS Pensacola to expand the facilities for the cemetery.
- Colonel George E. "Bud" Day, USAF, Former POW and Medal of Honor recipient for action in the Vietnam War.
- Commander Clyde Everett Lassen, USN, Medal of Honor recipient for action in the Vietnam War.
- Major Stephen W. Pless, USMC, Medal of Honor recipient for action in the Vietnam War.
- Staff Sergeant Clifford Chester Sims, USA, Medal of Honor recipient for action in the Vietnam War.
- Colonel Arthur D. Simons, USA, Special Forces commander and leader of the Sơn Tây raid
- Major General William L. McKittrick, USMC, Marine Aviator during World War II.
- General Joe W. Kelly, USAF, former commander of Military Air Transport Service from 1960 to 1964.
- Admiral Maurice F. Weisner, USN, former commander of US Pacific Command from 1976 to 1979.
- "Ga-Ah", one of the many wives of the Apache Indian Geronimo, who died of Bright's disease while being held captive.
- 17 casualties of the Second Seminole War.
- 10 British aviators (6 Royal Navy, 4 Royal Air Force) killed during training at the Naval Air Station during World War II.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "CWGC Cemetery Report. Breakdown obtained from casualty record".
- National Cemetery Administration
- Barrancas National Cemetery
- Barrancas National Cemetery, records of burials
- Photos of Barrancas National Cemetery
- Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) No. FL-1, "Barrancas National Cemetery, Naval Air Station, 80 Hovey Road, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida", 38 photos, 4 photo caption pages
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. FL-388, "U.S. Naval Air Station, Barrancas National Cemetery, Superintendent's Lodge, Intersection of Hovey & Duncan Roads, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida", 6 photos, 5 data pages, 1 photo caption page