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Finding All Of The WWII Fallen Buried in Arlington National Cemetery Sections 15 and 23

You can now find the stories of ALL the World War II fallen buried in sections 15 and 23 of Arlington National Cemetery.

One of the well known memorials at Arlington National Cemetery is the Mast of the Maine, from the battleship that exploded in Cuba, touching off the Spanish-American War. To the west of this memorial is Section 23 and Section 15. There are 237 WWII fallen buried or memorialized in these two sections. People can now read a story about each of them via the Find A Grave and/or Together We Serve smartphone apps.


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 Linda Simpson from Oklahoma.


Linda started out with a spreadsheet of 791 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 554 names that were not in WWII service (family members or those who served before WWII). Her team of 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 volunteer writers wrote stories of these 237 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 213 names from Section 10, and 24 names are from Section 23.


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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