Hampton National Cemetery

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Hampton National Cemetery
Hampton National Cemetery, Phoebus Addition, Cemetery Road at Marshall Avenue (Hampton County, Virgina).jpg
Hampton National Cemetery
Hampton National Cemetery is located in Virginia
Hampton National Cemetery
Hampton National Cemetery is located in the US
Hampton National Cemetery
Location Jct. of Cemetery Rd. and Marshall Ave., Hampton, Virginia
Coordinates 37°01′16″N 76°19′35″W / 37.02111°N 76.32639°W / 37.02111; -76.32639Coordinates: 37°01′16″N 76°19′35″W / 37.02111°N 76.32639°W / 37.02111; -76.32639
Area 27.1 acres (11.0 ha)
Architectural style Colonial Revival
MPS Civil War Era National Cemeteries MPS
NRHP Reference # 96000038[1]
VLR # 114-0148
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 26, 1996
Designated VLR October 18, 1995[2]

Hampton National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery in the city of Hampton, Virginia. It encompasses 27.1 acres (11.0 ha), and as of 2014, had over 30,000 interments. There are two separate parts to this facility. The original cemetery is called the “Hampton Section” and is located on Cemetery Road in Hampton, VA. It is on the western side of I-64. The new section which is called the “Phoebus Addition” or the “Phoebus Section” West County Street in Hampton, VA east of I-64. It is less than a mile from the original cemetery. Both sections of the Hampton National Cemetery are closed to new interments.[3]

History[edit]

The first burials took place in the cemetery in 1862, and were primarily Union soldiers who died in service or at the hospital at Fort Monroe. It became a National Cemetery in 1866. While primarily for Union soldiers, it also has the interments of 272 Confederate soldiers in their own section.

Hampton National Cemetery has the interred remains of World War II prisoners of war, 55 German and 5 Italian. It also has the remains of 28 sailors from the German submarine U-85, which was sunk by USS Roper off Cape Hatteras in 1942. A British sailor from the same war is buried here.[4]

Hampton National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 26, 1996.

Notable monuments[edit]

  • The Union Soldiers Monument, a 65' tall granite obelisk.

Notable interments[edit]


U-85 Crew Members Buried at Hampton National Cemetery[edit]

  • Fritz Behla (1922-1942), Obergefreiter. Phoebus Addition, Section E, Grave 714. Find A Grave Memorial No. 20946174.
  • Walter Günzel (1919-1942), Gefreiter. Poebus Addition, Section E, Grave 697. Find A Grave Memorials Nos. 20945701 and 23428368.
  • Herbert Heller (1919-1942), Seaman. If he is buried here, he could be in either Grave 689 or Grave 713 since these numbers are unaccounted for on the list of the submarine's crew members' graves in the cemetery. Find A Grave Memorial No. 23427848.
  • Willy Methge (1921-1942) If he is buried here, he could be in either Grave 713 or Grave 689 since these numbers are unaccounted for on the list of the submarine's crew members' graves in the cemetery. Find A Grave Memorial No. 97442449.[5]
  • Hans Sänger (1917-1942), Oberleutant. Phoebus Addition, Section E, Grave 688. Find A Grave Memorials Nos. 20945582 and 23428127.
  • Gustav Schön (1922-1942), Gefreiter. Phoebus Addition, Section E, Grave 702. Find A Grave Memorials Nos. 20945900 and 97441222.
  • Eugen Ungethüm (1906-1942), Stabsobermaschinist. Phoebus Addition, Section E, Grave 698. Find A Grave Memorials Nos. 20945674 and 23428272

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Hampton National Cemetery – VA website
  4. ^ [1] CWGC Casualty report.
  5. ^ According to the U-85 Crew List. posted at ubootwaffe.net, Methge is buried with his crew mates. However, an employee of Hampton National Cemetery (who was most polite, patient, and helpful) checked the cemetery's list of the U-85 burials and Methge's name is not on it.

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