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Finding all of the WWII Fallen buried in Arlington National Cemetery Section 34


Volunteers with Stories Behind the Stars are making it possible to find the stories of ALL the 2,241 World War II fallen buried in Section 34 of Arlington National Cemetery.


Recently, I took a trip to Arlington National Cemetery and was able to visit some of their graves.


2LT John W Dewey - The Bloody Hundredth

2LT John W Dewey (Section 34, Grave 3861-1) was a B-17 navigator in the 100th Bombardment Group (aka The Bloody Hundredth), soon to be the subject of the Apple TV+ miniseries Masters of the Air. His bomber was shot down over Germany after a bombing mission to Berlin. 2LT Dewey's story was written by Chris Moyer of Pennsylvania.


PFC Leslie D Dickerson - Defender of Bastogne

PFC Leslie D Dickerson (Section 34, Grave 3713) was part of the storied 101st Airborne in defending Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. His unit also served with distinction in Normandy and Holland. PFC Dickerson's story was written by Hayden Bryan of Virginia.


CPL John R Marsh - Battle of the Bulge

CPL John R Marsh (Section 34, Grave 2613) was an artillery man in Patton's 3rd Army. He was killed in the Battle of the Bulge during the effort to relieve Bastogne. CPL Marsh's story was written by Karen Pell of North Carolina.


2LT Robert C Robinson, Jr - Tuskegee Airman

2LT Robert C Robinson, Jr (Section 34, Grave 2824) was a P-51 pilot. He was one of the nearly 6 dozen Tuskegee airmen lost in action during World War II. His plane went down on a mission to protect bombers over Italy. 2LT Robinson's story was written by Bob Joyce of Florida.


2LT Harvey M Walthall - Bomber Pilot Executed by Nazis

2LT Harvey M Walthall (Section 34, Grave 4321) was a B-17 pilot. After a midair collision, 2LT Walthall managed to crash-land his plane on an island in the North Sea. After being captured, he and six others in his crew were executed. The perpetrators were found guilty of war crimes after the war and three of them were executed. 2LT Walthall's story was written by Tom Bowers of Virginia.


T/4 George T Yamaguchi - Joined from Internment Camp

T/4 George T Yamaguchi (Section 34, Grave 3668), a college graduate with a degree in math, join the Army from an internment camp and became a translator/interpreter for Counter Intelligence until he died on Okinawa. Sgt Yamaguchi's story was written by Karen Baker of Arkansas


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.


Among the more than 80 sections in Arlington National Cemetery, there is no other section that has a greater concentration of WWII fallen gravesites.


Under the direction of Section Director Kathy Harmon of Pennsylvania, a team of four dozen volunteer writers stepped forward to write the stories of these 2,241 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.


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. don@storiesbehindthestars.org.

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