Arlington National Cemetery,
County, Virginia is a military cemetery in the
States, established during the American Civil War on the grounds of
Arlington House, formerly the estate of the family of Robert E. Lee
's wife Mary Anna Lee
, a descendant of Martha Washington
. The cemetery is
situated directly across the Potomac
River from Washington,
D.C. and near The Pentagon. It is served by the Arlington
Cemetery station on the Blue Line of the Washington
More than 300,000 people are buried in an area
of . Veterans and military casualties from every one of the
nation's wars are interred in the cemetery, from the American Civil War
through the military
actions in Afghanistan
. Pre-Civil War dead were reinterred
National Cemetery and United States Soldiers' and Airmen's Home
National Cemetery are administered by the Department of the
Army. The other National Cemeteries are
administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs or by the National
Arlington House (Custis-Lee Mansion) and
its grounds are administered by the National Park Service as a
memorial to Lee.
Military funeral procession in
Arlington National Cemetery, July, 1967
George Washington Parke
Custis acquired the land that now is Arlington National
Cemetery in 1802, and began construction of Arlington House.
Plan and roadways of Arlington
The estate was passed down to Robert E. Lee, Custis'
son-in-law, who was a West
Point graduate and a United
States Army officer. When Fort Sumter was forced to surrender at the beginning of the
American Civil War, President
Abraham Lincoln offered Lee the
command of the Federal army.
Lee demurred, because he wanted
to see how Virginia would decide.
When Virginia announced its secession
resigned his commission and took command of the armed forces of the
Commonwealth of Virginia, and later became commander of the
Army of Northern Virginia
He quickly established himself as an able commander, defeating a
series of Union generals, until his final defeat and surrender at
. Because of this decision and subsequent performance, Lee
was regarded as disloyal by most Union officers. The decision was
made to appropriate his farm as a graveyard for mostly Union
American military cemeteries developed from the duty of commanders
on the frontier and in battle to care for their casualties. When
Civil War casualties overflowed hospitals and burial grounds near
Washington, D.C., Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs
proposed in 1864 that of the
Robert E. Lee family property at Arlington be taken for a cemetery.
The government acquired the property for $26,800. In 1877, Custis Lee
, heir to the property, sued the
government claiming ownership of the land. After the Supreme Court
ruled in Lee's favor, Congress returned the land to him, and then a
year later he sold it back to them for $150,000.
burials were previously done at the United States Soldier's National
Cemetery in Washington, D.C., but space was filling
"The grounds about the mansion, We pray for those who
lost their lives.", Meigs wrote, "are admirably adapted to such a
use." Burials had in fact begun at Arlington before the ink was
even blotted on Meigs's proposal.
The southern portion of the land now occupied by the cemetery was
used during and after the Civil War as a settlement for freed
slaves. More than 1,100 freed slaves were given land at Freedman's
Village by the government, where they farmed and lived during and
after the Civil War. They were turned out in 1890 when the estate
was repurchased by the government and dedicated as a military
President Lyndon B. Johnson
conducted the first national
Memorial day ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, on May 30,
Arlington National Cemetery is divided into 70 sections, with some
sections in the southeast portion of the cemetery reserved for
future expansion. Section 60, in the southeast part of the
cemetery, is the burial ground for military personnel killed in the
and the War in
. In 2005, Arlington National Cemetery
acquired 12 acres of additional land from the National Park Service, along with 17
acres from the Department of Defense that was part of Fort Myer and 44 acres that is the site of the Navy Annex.
Section 21, also known as the Nurses Section, is the area of
Arlington National Cemetery where many nurses are buried. The
Nurses Memorial is located there. In the cemetery, there is a
Confederate section with graves of soldiers of the Confederate States of America
and a Confederate Memorial. In Section 27, there are buried more
than 3,800 former slaves, called "Contrabands" during the Civil
War. Their headstones
are designated with
the word "Civilian" or "Citizen".
Tomb of the Unknowns
of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery is also known as the
Tomb of the
The Tomb of the Unknowns
It stands on top of a hill overlooking
One of the more popular sites at the Cemetery, the tomb is made
from Yule marble quarried in Colorado. It consists of seven pieces,
with a total weight of 79 short tons
). The tomb was completed and
opened to the public April 9, 1932, at a cost of $48,000.
It was initially named the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier." Other
unknown servicemen were later entombed there, and it became known
as the "Tomb of the Unknowns", though it has never been officially
named. The soldiers entombed there are:
- Unknown Soldier of World War I,
interred November 11, 1921. President Warren G. Harding presided.
- Unknown Soldier of World War II,
interred May 30, 1958. President Dwight D. Eisenhower presided.
- Unknown Soldier of the Korean War,
also interred May 30, 1958. President Dwight Eisenhower presided
again, Vice President Richard Nixon
acted as next of kin.
- Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam War,
interred May 28, 1984. President Ronald
Reagan presided. The remains of the Vietnam Unknown were
disinterred, under the authority of President Bill Clinton, on May 14, 1998, and were
identified as those of Air Force 1st Lt. Michael J. Blassie,
whose family had him reinterred near their home in St. Louis,
Missouri. It has been determined that the crypt at
the Tomb of the Unknowns that contained the remains of the Vietnam
Unknown will remain empty.
The Tomb of the Unknowns is perpetually guarded by the U.S. Army.
U.S. Infantry Regiment
("The Old Guard") began guarding the Tomb April 6, 1948.
Arlington Memorial Amphitheater
of the Unknowns is part of the Arlington
Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater
The Memorial Amphitheater has hosted state
funerals and Memorial Day
and Veterans Day
ceremonies. Ceremonies are also
held for Easter
. About 5,000 people attend
these holiday ceremonies each year. The structure is mostly built of Imperial
Danby marble from Vermont. The Memorial Display room, between the
amphitheater and the Tomb of the Unknowns, uses Botticino stone, imported from Italy.
amphitheater was the result of a campaign by Ivory Kimball
to construct a place to honor
America's soldiers. Congress authorized the structure March 4,
1913. Woodrow Wilson
cornerstone for the building on October 15, 1915. The cornerstone
contained 15 items including a Bible and a copy of the
Before the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater was completed in 1921,
important ceremonies were held at what is now known as the "Old
Amphitheater." This structure sits where Robert E. Lee once had his
gardens. The amphitheater was built in 1868 under the direction of
General John A. Logan
. Gen. James
was the featured speaker at the Decoration Day
dedication ceremony, May 30,
1868. The amphitheater has an encircling colonnade with a latticed
roof that once supported a web of vines. The amphitheater has a
, known as "the rostrum
", which is inscribed with the U.S. national
motto found on the Great
Seal of the United States
("Out of many, one"). The amphitheater seats
1,500 people and has hosted speakers such as William Jennings Bryan
Remembering the Maine: The memorial to
the USS Maine
Near the Tomb of the Unknowns stands a memorial to the 266 men who
lost their lives aboard the USS
. The memorial is built around a mast
salvaged from the Maine's wreckage. The
USS Maine Memorial served as the temporary resting place for
foreign heads of state, Manuel L.
Quezon of the Philippines and Ignacy Jan
Paderewski of Poland, who died in
exile in the United States during World War
The Space Shuttle Challenger
dedicated on May 20, 1986 in memory of the crew of flight STS-51-L
, who died during launch
January 28, 1986. Transcribed on the back of the stone is the text
of the John Gillespie Magee,
poem entitled High
. Although many remains were identified and returned
to the families for private burial, some were not, and were laid to
rest under the marker. Two of the crew members, Scobee
, are buried in Arlington,
as well. There is a similar memorial to those who died when the
broke apart during
on February 1, 2003, dedicated on the first anniversary
of the disaster. Astronauts Laurel Clark, David Brown and Michael
Anderson are also buried in Arlington.
On a knoll just south of Arlington House, with views of the
Washington Monument and Capitol, is a memorial to Pierre Charles L'Enfant
architect who laid out the city of Washington. His remains lie
below a marble memorial incised with his plan for the city.
L'Enfant envisioned a grand neoclassical capital city for the young
republic that would rival the capitals of European
cairn, the Lockerbie memorial, is a memorial to the
270 killed in the bombing of Pan Am
Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
The memorial is made up of 270 stones, one
for each person killed in the disaster. In section 64, there is a
memorial to the 184 victims of the September 11 attacks
on the Pentagon.
The memorial takes the shape of a Pentagon, and lists the names of
all the victims that were killed.
The noted composer, arranger, trombonist and Big Band leader Maj.
Alton Glenn Miller
of the U.S. Army Air Forces
missing in action since December 15, 1944. Miller was eligible for
a memorial headstone in Arlington National Cemetery as a service
member who died on active duty whose remains were not recoverable.
At his daughter's request, a stone was placed in Memorial Section
H, Number 464-A on Wilson Drive in Arlington National Cemetery in
There are only two mausoleums
within the confines of the Cemetery. One is for the family of
General Nelson Appleton Miles
located in Section 3 and the other one belongs to the family of
General Thomas Crook Sullivan
and it is located in Section 1.
There is a Commonwealth Cross of
with the names of all the citizens of the USA who
lost their lives fighting in the Canadian forces during the Korean
War and the two World Wars.
Women in Military Service for America
Memorial can be found at the Ceremonial Entrance to
Arlington National Cemetery.
15, 1997, after more than two decades of denying the existence of
the "Secret War" in Laos during the
Vietnam War conflict, the U.S.
government officially acknowledged this once covert war, honoring
its U.S. and Laos Hmong veterans with
the opening of the Laos Memorial on
the Arlington National Cemetery grounds, along a path between the
Kennedy Eternal Flame and the Tomb of the Unknowns.
The flags in Arlington National Cemetery are flown at half-staff
from a half hour before the first
until a half hour after the last
funeral each day. Funerals are normally conducted five days a week,
Funerals, including interments and inurnments, average well over 20
per day. The Cemetery conducts approximately 6,400 burials each
With more than 300,000 people interred there, Arlington National
Cemetery has the second-largest number of people buried of any
national cemetery in the United States. The largest of the
130 national cemeteries is the Calverton
National Cemetery, on Long Island, near Riverhead, New York, which conducts more than 7,000 burials each
In addition to in-ground burial, Arlington National Cemetery also
has one of the larger columbariums
cremated remains in the country. Four courts are currently in use,
each with 5,000 niches. When construction is complete, there will
be nine courts with a total of 50,000 niches; capacity for 100,000
remains. Any honorably discharged veteran is eligible for inurnment
in the columbarium, if s/he served on active duty at some point in
her/his career (other than for training). See 32 C.F.R. 553.15a
Hundreds of volunteers gathered at
Arlington to place more than five thousand donated Christmas
wreaths on head stones in the cemetery.
The 14th annual wreath laying event is a result of Worcester
Wreath Company owner Morrill Worcester's boyhood dream of doing
something to honor those laid to rest in the National
Part 553 of Title 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations establishes
regulations for Arlington National Cemetery, including eligibility
for interment (ground burial) and inurnment (columbarium). 32 C.F.R. 553
Eligibility for burial differs from
eligibility for inurnment in the columbarium
at Arlington National Cemetery. Due
to limited space, ground burial eligibility criteria are much more
restrictive than other National Cemeteries, as well as more
restrictive than inurnment in the columbarium.
The persons specified below are eligible for ground burial in
Arlington National Cemetery, unless otherwise prohibited. The last
period of active duty of former members of the Armed Forces must
have ended honorably. Interment may be casketed or cremated
- Any active-duty member of the Armed Forces (except those
members serving on active duty for training only).
- Any veteran who is retired from service with the Armed
- Any veteran who is retired from the Reserves is eligible upon
reaching age 60 and drawing retired pay; and who served a period of
active duty (other than for training).
- Any former member of the Armed Forces separated honorably prior
to October 1, 1949 for medical reasons and who was rated at 30% or
greater disabled effective on the day of discharge.
- Any former member of the Armed Forces who has been awarded one
of the following decorations:
- Individuals awarded the Central Intelligence Agency's
(CIA) Intelligence Star which is
considered the equivalent of the US Military's Silver Star and recognized as such by the
President of the United States.
- The President of the United States or any former President of
the United States.
- Any former member of the Armed Forces who served on active duty
(other than for training) and who held any of the following
- An elective office of the U.S. Government (such as a term in
- Office of the Chief Justice of the United States or of an
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
- An office listed, at the time the person held the position, in
5 USC 5312 or 5313 (Levels I and II of the Executive
- The chief of a mission who was at any time during his/her
tenure classified in Class I under the provisions of Section 411,
Act of 13 August 1946, 60 Stat. 1002, as amended (22 USC 866) or as
listed in State Department memorandum dated March 21, 1988.
- Any former prisoner of war who, while a prisoner of war, served
honorably in the active military, naval, or air service, whose last
period of military, naval or air service terminated honorably and
who died on or after November 30, 1993.
- The spouse, widow or widower, minor child, or permanently
dependent child, and certain unmarried adult children of any of the
above eligible veterans.
- The widow or widower of:
- a member of the Armed Forces who was lost or buried at sea or
fell out of a plane or officially determined to be missing in
- a member of the Armed Forces who is interred in a US military
cemetery overseas that is maintained by the American Battle Monuments
- a member of the Armed Forces who is interred in Arlington
National Cemetery as part of a group burial.
- The spouse, minor child, or permanently dependent child of any
person already buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
- The parents of a minor child, or permanently dependent child
whose remains, based on the eligibility of a parent, are already
buried in ANC. A spouse divorced from the primary eligible, or
widowed and remarried, is not eligible for interment.
- Provided certain conditions are met, a former member of the
Armed Forces may be buried in the same grave with a close relative
who is already buried and is the primary eligible.
Prohibitions Against Burial or Inurnment
Congress has from time to time created prohibited categories of
persons that, even if otherwise eligible for burial, lose that
eligibility. One such prohibition is against certain persons who
are convicted of committing certain state or federal capital
crimes, as defined in statute. See 38 U.S. Code § 2411.
Capital crime is a specifically
defined term in the statute, and for state offenses can include
offenses that are eligible for a life sentence (with or without
parole). The reasoning for this provision originally was to prevent
from being eligible
at Arlington National Cemetery, but it has since been amended to
Also prohibited under the same statute are those determined, with
clear and convincing evidence, to have avoided such conviction by
death or flight. See 38 U.S. Code § 2411.
This provision was meant to deal
with situations where eligible persons commit murder and then
commit suicide or flee and avoid a conviction for that crime, which
would mean they would not lose their eligibility like those that
made it to trial and conviction.
Respectful silence is requested at
Other frequently visited sites in the cemetery include the grave of
President John F. Kennedy
, who is
buried with his wife
two of their children. His remains were placed there on March 14,
1967, a reinterment from his original Arlington burial site, some
20 feet away, where his body was interred in November 1963.
is marked with an eternal flame.
The remains of his brothers, Senator
Robert F. Kennedy
and Senator Edward M. Kennedy
, are buried nearby. The latter's
graves are marked with simple crosses and footstones. On December
1, 1971, Robert Kennedy's body was reinterred 100 feet from its
original June 1968 burial site.
soldier to be buried in Arlington was Private William Henry Christman of Pennsylvania on May 13, 1864.
As of May
2006, there were 367 Medal of Honor
recipients buried in Arlington National Cemetery, nine of whom are
- Creighton Abrams (1914–1974),
United States Army General who commanded U.S. military operations in the Vietnam War from 1968–1972
- Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold
(1886–1950), first (and so far only) General of the Air Force
- Gordon Beecher (1904–1973),
United States Navy Vice Admiral and composer
- Jeremy Michael Boorda
(1939–1996), US Navy Admiral and Chief of Naval Operations
- Gregory "Pappy" Boyington
(1912–1988), World War II Marine Corps fighter ace, Medal
of Honor recipient, and commander of VMF-214, the "Black Sheep Squadron" (basis for the 1970s TV
series Baa Baa Black
- Omar Nelson Bradley (1893–1981),
commanded the 12th Army Group in Europe
during World War II, first Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff and the last living five star general.
- Ruby G. Bradley (1907–2002), Colonel and, with 34
medals, one of the most decorated women in U.S. military
- Miles Browning
(1897–1954), World War I and World War II Navy officer and hero of the
- Omar Bundy
(1861–1940), World War I Major General
who commanded the 1st Brigade, 1st
Expeditionary Division in France, awarded
the French Legion of Honor
and the Croix de Guerre.
- John Allen Campbell
(1835–1880), Brevet Brigadier General; American Civil War, first Governor of Wyoming Territory in 1869
and Third Assistant
Secretary of State.
- Roger Chaffee
(1935–1967) and Gus Grissom (1926–1967),
astronauts killed in the Apollo 1 fire (Edward White was buried at West
- Claire Lee Chennault
(1893–1958), was a United States military aviator who commanded the
"Flying Tigers" during World War
- Bertram Tracy Clayton
(1862–1918), Congressman from New York, killed in action in
- Charles Austin
Coolidge (1844-1926), Brigadier General, served in Civil War,
Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War and the
China Relief Expedition.
- Scott Crossfield (1921–2006),
US Naval aviator and test pilot, first to fly at twice the speed of
sound; played a major role in the design and development of the
North American X-15.
- Louis Cukela (1888–1956), Marine
Corps Major, awarded two Medals of Honor for same act in World War
- Jane Delano (1862–1919), Director,
Army Nursing Corps
- Sir John Dill
(1881–1944) , British Diplomat and Field Marshal
- William "Wild Bill"
Donovan (1883–1959), Major General and Chief of the OSS during World War II
- Abner Doubleday (1819–1893),
Civil War general erroneously credited with inventing baseball
- Clarence Ransom Edwards
(1860–1931), commanded the 26th "Yankee"
Division in World War I
- Frank J. Fletcher (1885–1973), Admiral, U.S.
World War II; operational commander at
Coral Sea and Midway; awarded Medal of Honor.
- Nathan Bedford Forrest
III (1905–1943) Brigadier
General of the United
States Army Air Forces, and a great-grandson of Confederate
General Nathan Bedford
Forrest. First American general to be killed in action during
World War II
- Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes and Michael
Strank: three of the six servicemen immortalized in Joe Rosenthal's iconic photo Raising the Flag on Iwo
Jima (Strank was killed in action just days after the
photo was taken)
- John Gibbon
General, Union Army, Civil War, most notably commander of 2nd
Division, US II Corps that repelled Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg.
- David Haskell Hackworth
(1930–2005), Colonel and most decorated American soldier
- William "Bull" Halsey
(1882–1959), World War II Navy
five-star Fleet Admiral
- Grace Hopper (1906–1992), rear admiral, pioneering
- Kara Spears Hultgreen
(1965–1994), the first female naval carrier-based fighter
- James Jabara (1923–1966), the first
American jet ace in history. He's credited with shooting down 15
enemy aircraft during aerial combat.
- Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr. (1920–1978),
USAF, first African American
four-star General in the U.S. Armed Forces
- Philip Kearny
(1815–1862), "fearless" one-armed cavalry general killed at
Chantilly during the Civil War
- Włodzimierz B. Krzyżanowski (1824–1887), Polish
military leader and Civil War
- Mark Matthews (1894–2005), last
surviving Buffalo Soldier
- Francis Lupo (1895–1918), Private
killed in France during World War I;
holds the distinction of possibly being the longest U.S. service
member missing in action to be
- David McCampbell (1910–1996),
Captain, the US Navy's top World War II
Ace with 34 kills
- Montgomery Cunningham Meigs
(1816–1892), Brigadier General.
Arlington National Cemetery was established by Brig. Gen.
Montgomery C. Meigs, who commanded the garrison at
Arlington House and appropriated the grounds on June 15, 1864 for
use as a military cemetery. His intention was to render the
house uninhabitable should the Lee family ever attempt to return. A
stone and masonry burial vault
in the rose garden, wide and deep, and containing the remains of
2,111 Civil War dead, was among the first monuments to Union dead
erected under Meigs' orders. Meigs himself was later buried within
of Arlington House with his wife, father and son.
- Glenn Miller
(1904–1944), Major and well known band leader who disappeared over
Channel while flying to Paris. His
body was never found, but he has a memorial headstone.
- Audie Murphy (1924–1971), U.S.
Army, Receiptiant of the Medal of
Honor, and considered by the Guinness Book of World
Records, the most decorated person in the military history of
the United States.
- Edward Ord (1818–1883), Major General, Army of the James during the Appomattox
Campaign, Union Army, Civil War.
- George S. Patton IV (1923–2004), Major General of
the Army and son of famed WWII General, George S. Patton
- John J. Pershing (1860–1948), America's first
General of the Armies,
commanded American forces in World War
- David Dixon
Porter (1813–1891), Admiral, Union Navy, Civil War, most
notable as the Union naval commander during the Vicksburg
Campaign, a turning point of the war which split the
Confederacy in two.
- Francis Gary
Powers (1929–1977), American U-2 pilot shot down over the
Union in 1960
- John Aaron Rawlins
(1831–1869), Civil War general, chief of staff and later Secretary of War to Ulysses S. Grant
- Alfred C. Richmond (1902–1984), Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
- Hyman G. Rickover (1900–1986), father of the
- Matthew Ridgway (1895–1993),
WWII and Korea General, Chief of Staff of the Army
- William S. Rosecrans (1819–1898), Major General, Army of the Cumberland, Union Army,
- William T. Ryder (1913-1992), Brigadier General, first
- Thomas Selfridge (1882–1908),
First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army
and the first person to die in a crash of a powered airplane
- Philip Sheridan (1831–1888),
commanding general, Union Army, Civil War
- Daniel E. Sickles (1819–1914), Major General, III Corps, Army of the Potomac, Union Army, Civil War. Also served as U.S.
Minister to Spain and as U.S. Representative from New York
- Robert F. Sink Lt. General, and former Regimental
Commander of the 506th
Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, portrayed
by Vietnam Veteran, and retired Marine Captain Dale Dye in the HBO/BBC miniseries Band of Brothers.
- Walter Bedell Smith
(1895–1961), General, U.S.
Army, World War II, Dwight D.
Eisenhower's Chief of Staff
during Eisenhower's tenure at SHAEF and Director of the CIA from
1950 to 1953. Also served as U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union
from 1946 to 1948.
- Larry Thorne (1919–1965) , Finnish
soldier who served in the US special forces and was a World War II
veteran; called "soldier who fought under three flags (Finland,
Germany and USA)". Reputedly the only former Waffen-SS member to be
buried at the cemetery.
- Matt Urban (1919–1995), Colonel, U.S
Army, most highly decorated soldier for valor in the history of the
- Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV
(1883–1953), Major General, hero of Bataan and
Corregidor; highest ranking POW in World War II
- Robert Webb
(1922–2002), B-17 Flying
- Joseph Wheeler (1836–1906),
served as a Major General for two opposing forces: the Confederate
Army during the Civil War, and the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War and Philippine-American War
- Orde Charles Wingate
(1903–1944) , British major general, creator and commander of the
- Clark H. Woodward (1877–1968), Vice Admiral, served
in five wars: the Spanish-American
War, Boxer Rebellion and both
- Charles Young
(1864–1922), first African-American
Lieutenant colonel in the US
- Roger Allen Gurley (1936–2000) Major, United States Marine
Service members with other distinguished careers
- Sosthenes Behn, businessman and
founder of ITT Corporation
- Hugo Black, Associate
Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
- William J. Brennan, Jr., Associate Justice of
the Supreme Court of the United States
- Ron Brown, Secretary of
- William Jennings Bryan,
Secretary of State,
three-time presidential candidate, orator
Francis Buckley, CIA Station Chief, murdered in Beirut.
- Clark Clifford, Secretary of Defense,
advisor to four presidents
- Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr., Apollo astronaut,
third man to walk on the
- Dwight F. Davis, Secretary of War, established
the Davis Cup
- Michael E. DeBakey, famous cardiovascular physician,
U.S. Army soldier during World War II
- John Foster Dulles, Secretary
- Medgar Evers, civil
- Stanley L. Greigg, U.S. Congressman from
- Dashiell Hammett, author
- Oliver Wendell Holmes,
Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, wounded
three times in the Civil War, "The Great Dissenter"
- Robert G. Ingersoll, political leader and orator,
noted for his agnosticism
- Edward M. Kennedy (1932–2009), U.S. Army Veteran
(1951–1953), U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (1962–2009).
- John F. Kennedy (1917–1963),
U.S. Navy officer during World War II, U.S. Representative
(1947–1953), U.S. Senator (1953–1961), President of the United
- Robert F. Kennedy (1925–1968), Navy veteran,
Attorney General of the United States (1961–1964), U.S. Senator
from New York (1965–1968).
- Frank Kowalski, U.S. Army veteran
of World War II; U.S. Representative from Connecticut
Charles L'Enfant , military
engineer, architect, and urban planner; designed the city of
- Robert Todd Lincoln,
Secretary of War, son of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
- Joe Louis, world heavyweight boxing
- Allard Lowenstein, U.S.
Congressman from New York. 
- John R. Lynch, freedman, U.S. Army major, and Member of Congress.
- Mike Mansfield, longest-serving
Senate Majority Leader,
- Lee Marvin, Marine Corps veteran and
- Bill Mauldin, editorial cartoonist; noted for World War
II–era work satirizing military life in Stars and Stripes
- George B. McClellan, Jr. (1865–1940) Mayor of
New York (1904–1909), son of Union Army Major General George B. McClellan
- John C. Metzler, World War II sergeant, former superintendent of Arlington
National Cemetery (1951–1972); his son John C. Metzler, Jr. has been the
superintendent since 1991.
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan,
U.S. Senator from New York
- Spot Poles, considered among the
greatest outfielders of the Negro Leagues
- William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United
- Earl W. Renfroe, orthodontist who helped originate the concept
of preventive and interceptive orthodontics.
- Frank Reynolds, ABC television anchorman
- Samuel W. Small, journalist, evangelist,
Micheal Spann, CIA officer, first American killed in Afghanistan. Although Spann had served in the USMC, he
was not in the military when killed. However, because he had
received the CIA's Intelligence
Star, considered the equivalent of the US Military's Silver Star and recognized as such by President
George W. Bush, Spann was approved for burial in
Arlington National Cemetery.
- Samuel S. Stratton, 15-term U.S. Representative
from New York
- William Howard Taft,
Secretary of War, President of the United States, Chief Justice of
the United States
- George Westinghouse,
Civil War veteran, Westinghouse Electric
- Harvey W. Wiley, first Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration,
"father" of the Pure Food and
- Charles Willeford, World War
II veteran and author
- William Christman First
soldier to be buried at Arlington Cemetary
- Julian Bartley, Sr. (54) and his son Jay Bartley (20), killed
together in the 1998
bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi
- Harry Blackmun, Thurgood Marshall, William O. Douglas and Potter Stewart, four justices of the Supreme
Court of the United States
- Leslie Coffelt, Secret Service member killed
fighting off would-be-assassins of President Harry S. Truman in the
attempt at Blair
Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, former First Lady and widow of
John F. Kennedy
- Phyllis Kirk, famous TV and film
actress, alongside her husband.
- James Parks, freedman, the only person buried at Arlington
Cemetery who was born on the grounds.
- Marie Teresa Rios, author of
Fifteenth Pelican, basis for The Flying Nun television show.
- John Gibson and
Jacob Chestnut, United States Capitol Police
officers killed in the 1998 Capitol
- Leslie Sherman, student killed in the 2007
Tech massacre (her parents Holly and Anthony Sherman are both
veterans and will be buried next to their daughter) 
Whether or not they were wartime service members, U.S. presidents
to be buried at Arlington, since they oversaw the armed forces as
Three state funerals
have been held at
Arlington: those of Presidents William Howard Taft and John F.
Kennedy, and that of General John J. Pershing.
Media access controversy
Until 2005, the cemetery's administration gave free access, with
the family's permission, to the media to cover funerals at the
cemetery. According to the Washington Post
, over the past several
years the cemetery has gradually imposed increasing restrictions on
media coverage of funerals.
After protesting the new restrictions on media representatives,
Gina Gray, the cemetery's new public affairs director, was demoted
and then fired on June 27, 2008, after only three months in the
job. Days after Gray began working for the cemetery and soon after
she had spoken to the media about the new restrictions, her
supervisor, Phyllis White, began requiring Gray to notify White
whenever she "left the building." On June 9
White changed Gray's title from Public Affairs Director to "Public
Affairs Officer." A few days later, when Gray took sick leave,
White disconnected Gray's email BlackBerry
. In the termination memo, White stated
that Gray had, "been disrespectful to me as your supervisor and
failed to act in an inappropriate (sic) manner." Thurman
Higginbotham, deputy director of the cemetery stated that Gray's
release from employment, "had nothing -- absolutely nothing to do
with -- with media issues."
Secretary of the
Army Pete Geren
, has asked his staff
to look into Gray's dismissal. Said Gray in response, "I am
definitely encouraged by any investigation into the mismanagement
at Arlington Cemetery." In July 2009 Gray filed suit against the US
Army under the Freedom of
, stating that the US Army had refused to
publicly release its findings from the probe into Gray's dismissal.
In the suit, Gray claims that the probe found that Higginbotham had
lied to federal investigators and that someone had illegaly
accessed Gray's government email account and sent an email in her
name. At least two members of Congress, Jim
and Howard McKeon
watching the lawsuit.
The U.S. Army stated that it had not received any complaints about
the newer, more restrictive policies concerning media coverage of
funerals. But CNN
reported that some families
have complained about not being able to decide for themselves on
the level of media access allowed.