You can now find the stories of ALL the World War II fallen buried in the northern sections of Arlington National Cemetery.
The vast majority of the WWII fallen at Arlington National Cemetery are buried to the south of where visitors enter the cemetery. However there are 216 of these individuals with markers in the northern part of the cemetery. People can now read a story about each of them via the Find A Grave and/or Together We Serve smartphone apps. You can see a video of how it works with Lt. Raymond Lowry here.
This is the first time in the history of Arlington National Cemetery that the general public has everything needed to identify details about all of the WWII fallen in this part of the cemetery. This was made possible by countless hours of volunteer researchers and writers working under the direction of Section Director Tricia Castille from Louisiana.
Tricia started out with a spreadsheet of 295 names we got from Arlington National Cemetery and Find A Grave. This was barebones information with names and a few dates. Step 1 was to take out the 79 names that were not in WWII service (family members or those who served before WWII). Her team of eight research volunteers scanned the internet to find additional details so we now have an easy-to-access record that includes service number, unit or ship, and photo (where available).
Next her team of 31 volunteer writers wrote stories of these 216 WWII fallen. You can find these and all the other ANC stories on Fold3 here.
You can see our current list of Arlington volunteer writers and database researchers here.
These are 216 names are from sections 1, 5, 27, 30, 31, 32, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 51, 81, and Memorial Sections A, B, and K.
The database of these records will be combined with those of the other sections of ANC. This will be the most accurate list of WWII fallen buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
A copy of this section of the database is available upon request. firstname.lastname@example.org.