Dayton National Cemetery

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Dayton National Cemetery
Soldiers monument Dayton Natl Cemetery.jpg
The Soldiers' Monument at Dayton National Cemetery
CountryUnited States
TypeUnited States National Cemetery
Size116.8 acres (47.3 ha)
No. of graves49,751
WebsiteDayton National Cemetery
Find a GraveDayton National Cemetery

Dayton National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the city of Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio. It encompasses 116.8 acres (47.3 ha) and as of August 14, 2014, had 49,751 interments.[1] In January, 2014, it was one of only fourteen cemeteries to be designated as a national shrine.[2] A new 2,000 niche columbarium was dedicated on July 24, 2014.


The cemetery was established in 1867 as a place to inter veterans who died while under the care of the Central Branch of the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers and Seamen, located in Dayton. The first interment, of Civil War veteran Cornelius Solly, was on September 11, 1867. The National Asylum became part of the newly formed Department of Veterans Affairs in 1930 and evolved into today's Dayton VA Medical Center. The cemetery was administered as part of the medical center until 1973, when it was transferred to the National Cemetery Administration.[1]

It has the remains of veterans from every major conflict the United States has been involved in dating back to the American Revolutionary War.

Noteworthy monuments[edit]

  • The Dayton Soldiers' Monument was constructed between 1873 and 1877. It is a 30-foot (9.1 m) marble column on a granite base. Dedicated by President Rutherford B. Hayes.
  • A memorial to 33 soldiers of the War of 1812 buried in this cemetery. A bronze plaque on a boulder.
  • A memorial to all Masonic Veterans was erected in 2018. Dedicated by Eric R. Schau, Grand Master and the Grand Lodge of Ohio.

Notable interments[edit]

Other interments


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Holt, Dean W. (2010). American Military Cemeteries. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. pp. 77–80. ISBN 9780786440238.
  2. ^ "Dayton cemetery named a national shrine". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  3. ^ "Casualty Details". CWGC. Retrieved 2017-04-30.

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Coordinates: 39°44′48″N 84°15′37″W / 39.74667°N 84.26028°W / 39.74667; -84.26028