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Edward Kennedy

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , , on March 10, 2014 by Cade

emk1February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009

The youngest (and longest-surviving) of the Kennedy brothers, Edward “Ted” Kennedy had, perhaps, even more of an impact on American politics than his siblings thanks to said longevity. He served in the U.S. Senate representing Massachusetts for 47 years. He was a leader in Democratic party and came to be known as the “Lion of the Senate.” But, he was a Kennedy and Kennedys don’t get a free pass, so of course, his life had its struggles.  In 1969, the infamous Chappaquiddick incident resulted in a car in a Martha’s Vineyard tidal channel and the death of his companion, Mary Jo Kopechne. The incident was a national scandal, naturally, and firmly put the brakes on any Presidential aspirations Teddy would have had. Probably for the best as both his brothers’ John and Bobby’s election and campaign (respectively) ended rather tragically. As it were, he remained in the Senate and remained there for four more decades. In 2008, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He continued to work as much as he could, but the tumor got the best of him the following year at the age of 77.

Burial

Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

Specific Location

Section S, Site 45-B; Just a short distance to the south of his brothers.

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , on November 19, 2013 by Cade

kennedyoJuly 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis skyrocketed to international attention as the glamorous wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. However, in the years after JFK’s assassination, Jackie did not fade away and maintained a relatively high profile. In 1968, she married shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis, and became – now, no longer entitled to Secret Service protection – a popular target for photographers and paparazzi. After Onassis died in 1975, Jackie committed herself to personal work. She worked as an editor and spent a lot of time campaigning for the preservation of historic landmarks and architecture. Throughout her life, she was a leading icon in fashion often setting trends both intentionally and unintentionally. In 1994, “Jackie O” contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and died a few months later in a New York hospital at the age of 64.

Burial

Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

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Specific Location

Section 45 Grid U-35; If you can walk and read, you’ll have no trouble locating the large stone garden where John and Jackie Kennedy are buried. If the signs pointing to their location don’t help, you can always follow the crowds.

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Lee Marvin

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , on October 2, 2013 by Cade

marvin1February 19, 1924 – August 29, 1987

PFC Lee Marvin earned a Purple Heart for being wounded in action on an island in the Pacific during World War II. That’s enough excitement in one lifetime for most people.

But, not for Lee. In his post-war years, Marvin sort of stumbled into a career as an actor and over the following 4 decades, slowly built himself into a top-billed star. Bit parts as tough guys and soldiers gave way to more substantive roles which, eventually, gave way to iconic turns in in films like The Dirty Dozen (with Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland and Charles Bronson) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (opposite John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart). Finding a nice groove in war movies and westerns, Marvin won the Academy Award for his portrayal of two characters in Cat Ballou. The gravelly-voiced actor even sang in Paint Your Wagon, but…we won’t talk about that.

Lee Marvin died of a heart attack at the age of 63 after several months of poor health. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Burial

Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

Specific Location

Section 7A, Lot 176, Map Grid U-24; Toward the northwest corner of this section, right next to Joe Louis.

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Joe Louis

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , on October 1, 2013 by Cade

louis1May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981

Joe Louis was arguably the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. Toward the very top, at least. It just so happened that the “Brown Bomber” was also one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. Joseph Louis Barrow became one of the, if not the, first black national heroes due not only to his dominating presence in the ring, but also to his honest and hardworking persona. Louis also gained international fame when he lost (his first as a professional) to German, Max Schmeling in 1936. The Nazis used Schmeling’s victory to promote the dominance of the so-called Aryian Race. So, Louis fought Schmeling again two years later…and knocked him out in 2 minutes. Louis defended his Heavyweight Title 25 times and held it for 140 months (that’s almost 12 years, for those of you like me who suck at math.) He joined the Army during World War II but never saw combat as the powers that be decided he was better suited to boost morale in the Special Services.  He also integrated golf…you know…just for good measure.

It’s safe to say that Joe Louis is one of the most important figures – black or otherwise – in the past 100 years of American history. So, I won’t get into his tax troubles or investment failures. Or the drugs, for that matter.  Joe Louis died of cardiac arrest in Las Vegas at the age of 66. He was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

Max Schmeling was one of his pallbearers.

Burial

Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

Specific Location

Section 7A, Lot 177, Map Grid U-24; Toward the northwest corner of this section, right next to Lee Marvin.

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William Howard Taft

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , on September 15, 2013 by Cade

taft1September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930

William Howard Taft was the only U.S. President (27th) to also serve as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (10th). Prior to becoming either, Taft was a lawyer, Governor-General of the Philippines and Secretary of War under President Teddy Roosevelt. He is probably remembered most for his weight, though he lost a good amount once he left the White House. He also suffered from sleep apnea and high blood pressure. In 1921, Warren G. Harding appointed Taft as Chief Justice of the Supreme court, a position he held until he retired shortly before his death in 1930. Taft was the first president to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Happy 156th Birthday, Big Guy.

Burial

Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

Specific Location

Section 30, Lot S-14, Grid Y/Z-39.5; At the head of a path off of Schley Ave., there are signs pointing to Taft’s grave site.

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Dick Scobee

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , on May 30, 2013 by Cade

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May 19, 1939 – January 28, 1986

Commander of the Space Shuttle Challenger on its ill-fated final mission, Francis Richard “Dick” Scobee was an Air Force pilot and astronaut. A combat pilot during the Vietnam war, Scobee became a test pilot and was eventually selected to be a part of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. He piloted Challenger on a successful mission – his only other – two years prior to the disaster. On January 28th, 1986, after a number of weather-related delays and under high pressure to get the shuttle into space to inaugurate the Teacher In Space program, Challenger finally lifted off.  Shortly after take off, an O-ring on one of the solid rocket boosters failed and the shuttle was destroyed.  Scobee and the rest of the crew were killed.

Burial

Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

Specific Location

Section 46, Lot 1129-4, Grid O-23.5; To the west of the Memorial Amphitheater, just to the left of the large memorials for Challenger and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

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Audie Murphy

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags on May 26, 2013 by Cade

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June 20, 1925 – May 28, 1971

Lieutenant Audie Leon Murphy was perhaps the most famous and one of the most decorated infantry soldiers from World War II. During his tours in the Mediterranean and Europe, Murphy received a number of honors including, but certainly not limited to, a Medal of Honor, THREE Purple Hearts, Silver Stars, Bronze Stars, a Legion of Merit…you get the picture. Audie Murphy was not messing around.  He was a true hero.

Despite post-war, life-long struggles with what would later become known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Murphy was able to parlay his poplularity into a 20 year career in flim. He mostly appeared in westerns and war films, and also played himself in his autobiographical flim To Hell and Back.  And just for good measure, he also wrote more than a dozen country and western songs.

Murphy continued to serve later in life in the Texas National Guard.  In May of 1971, Murphy and 5 others were killed when their plane crashed in the Virginia mountains.

Burial

Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

Specific Location

Section 46 Lot 366-11 Grid O/P-22.5; Behind the Memorial Ampitheater (on the opposite side as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) just off the road, there’s a small sidewalk that directs visitors to Murphy’s grave.

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Robert F. Kennedy

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , on May 23, 2013 by Cade

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November 20, 1925 — June 6, 1968

Robert Francis Kennedy was a U.S. Senator and the U.S. Attorney General under his brother, John’s, presidential administration.  Bobby was a leading figure in 1960’s American political and civil circles. He was instrumental in the civil rights movement of the day.  He was a Kennedy through and through, and held all the political aspirations that come with that.  Following the devastation of his older brother’s assassination, he was ran for and was elected as Senator from New York.  He ran for President in 1968 and was just on the cusp of securing the Democratic nomination when he was gunned down in a hotel kitchen in Los Angeles following his California primary victory speech.  He died two days later from his wounds.

He was buried a short distance from his brother in Arlington National Cemetery.

Burial

Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

Specific Location

Section 45, Grid U-33.5; Just to the left (south) of JFK’s massive grave plaza.

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John F. Kennedy

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , , , on February 22, 2013 by Cade

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May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963

The 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the youngest man ever elected to the office when he defeated Richard Nixon in the 1960 election.  Charismatic and energetic, Kennedy ushered in an era of youthful optimism through his presidency. He was far more media and pop-culture savy than any previous administration and was the first President to regularly broadcast his press conferences live on television.

Of course, JFK was also known to have the occasional extramarital fling.  His personal life didn’t seem to overshadow his legacy as President, however. Especially since both were cut short on November 22, 1963 when Kennedy was gunned down while riding in an open-topped limousine through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, TX. The assassination was, of course, one of the most famous moments in American history and further elevated Kennedy’s place in the American consciousness for generations. Whether he was a good President or not hardly matters anymore.  His untimely death created something much larger.

Burial

Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

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Specific Location

Section 45 Grid U-35; If you can walk and read, you’ll have no trouble locating the large stone garden where John and Jackie Kennedy are buried. If the signs pointing to their location don’t help, you can always follow the crowds.

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