Prominent Military Figures


Generals and Admirals - The five-star rank was first created on Dec. 14, 1944.

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Section 1

Maj. Louis Cukela, USMC, Awarded both the Navy and Army Medals of Honor for extraordinary heroism in France during World War I.** (427-A)

Capt. Edward P. Doherty, USA, Captured President Lincoln's assassin (690)

Brevet Brig. Gen. Abner Doubleday, USA (61)

Maj. Gen. Adolphus Greely, USA, Arctic explorer, Commander Peary rescue* (129)

Maj. Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs, USA, Quartermaster General during Civil War. Established Arlington National Cemetery (1)

Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright, USA, Hero of Bataan and Corregidor, highest ranking POW in World War II* (358)

Revolutionary War Veterans

Section 2

Rear Adm. Richard Byrd, USN, Arctic explorer, first man to fly over North Pole* (4969)

Gen. Claire L. Chennault, USAF, Flying Tigers, 14th Air Force 873-4)

Maj. Gen. John L. Clem, USA, Drummer Boy of Chickamauga (933)

Maj. Gen. George Crook, USA, Instrumental in the surrender of Geronimo (974)

Maj. Gen. William J. Donovan, USA, Chief of Office of Special Services during World War II* (4874)

Adm. William Halsey, USN, Cdr. 3rd Fleet, Fleet Adm., World War II (1184)

Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James, USAF, First black four-star general in the U.S. Armed Forces (228-10)

Maj. Gen. Philip Kearny, USA, Noted Civil War general (Equestrian Statue)

Adm. William Leahy, USN, Chief of Naval Operations, Fleet Adm. in World War II 932)

Capt. Charles Pierre L'Enfant, USA, Designer of Washington, D.C. (interred near Arlington House)

Lt. Gen. Arthur MacArthur, USA, Governor of Philippines* (879)

Rear Adm. Winfield S. Schley, USN, Commander of fleet that captured Spanish Fleet (1207)

Lt. Gen. John Schofield, USA, Secretary of War, commanding general* (1108)

Gen. Philip Sheridan, USA Commanding General, U.S. Army, Civil War (S-1)

Gen. Brehon Burke Somervell, U.S. Army, Designed and oversaw the construction of the Pentagon (4649)

Rear Adm. John D. Wainwright, USN (1061)

1st Lt. John Wainwright, USA* (1061)

Lt. Gen. Joseph Wheeler, Confederate Army, U.S. congressman (1089)

Rear Adm. Charles Wilkes, USN, Discovered Antarctica (1164)

Section 3

Maj. Gen. Frank D. Baldwin, USA** (1894)

Lt. Col. F. Benteen, USA, Custer's subordinate commander at Little Bighorn (1351)

Lt. Gen. Adna R. Chaffee, USA, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army (1945)

Maj. Gen. Adna R. Chaffee, Jr., USA, Father of armored force (1944)

Lt. Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee, USN, Apollo astronaut (2502)

Lt. Col. Virgil I Grissom, USAF, Apollo astronaut (2503)

Pvt. Ivory Kimball, USA, Judge, Originated plan to erect Memorial Amphitheater (1538)

Maj. Jonathan Letterman, USA, Civil War surgeon (1869)

Maj. Gen. Nelson A. Miles, USA, Commanding General U.S. Army* (1873)

Maj. Walter Reed, USA, Discovered cause of Yellow Fever (1864)

Brig. Gen. Edmond Rice, USA, Medal of Honor rock* (1875)

1st Lt. Thomas Selfridge, USA, First U.S. Army air casualty (2158)

Section 4

Col. William Jennings Bryan, USA, Secretary of State, presidential candidate (3121)

Section 5

Capt. Oliver W. Holmes, USA, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (7004)

Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, USN, Father of the Nuclear Navy (7000)

Lt. John W. Weeks, USN, Secretary of War (7064)

Section 6

Lt. Gen. John A. Lejeune, USMC, Commandant USMC (5682)

Cmdr. Barbara Rainey, USN, First female Navy aviator (5813-A-7)

Section 7

Gen. George C. Marshall, U.S. Army - Chief of Staff of the Army, Secretary of State, and the third Secretary of Defense (8198 ES)

Section 7a

Tech. 5 Joe "Louis" Barrow, USA, Heavyweight boxing champion (172)

Col. "Pappy" Boyington, USMC, World War II fighter pilot* (150)

Staff Sgt. Frank Reynolds, USA, ABC News anchorman (180)

Gen. Roscoe Robinson, USA, First black Army four-star general (18)

Gen. David M. Shoup, USMC, Commandant USMC* (189)

Cdr. Michael J. Smith, USN, Pilot, Space Shuttle Challenger (201-1)

Gen. Maxwell Taylor, USA, World War II (20)

Lt. Col. Matt Urban - World War II infantry officer who earned the distinction of the most decorated soldier in WWII.*(40)

Section 8

Lt. Cdr. John McCloy, USN (5246)**

Rear Adm. Robert Peary, USN (S-15) - Explorer, first to reach the North Pole

Section 12

Pfc. Raito Nakashima, USA, 442nd Infantry Regiment (5124)

Sgt. Wataru Nakashima, USA, 442nd Infantry Regiment (5125)

Sgt. Michael Strank, USMC, Depicted in Iwo Jima flag raising monument (7179)

Section 13

Sgt. Maj. George W. Carr Jr., USA (9859)

Capt. Daniel Keys, Original cast-iron marker (13615)

McCullough Brothers, Four brothers who fought in Civil War (13724)

Cpl. Frank Scott, USA, First enlisted Army air casualty (5331-5)

Section 16

482 Confederate graves around the Confederate Monument

Sgt. Moses Ezekiel, Confederate States of America, Army ,Sculpted the Confederate Memorial (interred at base of Confederate monument)

Section 18

Sgt. Edward F. Younger, USA, Selected the World War I Unknown (1918-B)

Cpl. John Pruitt, USMC, Two Medals of Honor for same act** (2453)

Section 21

Gen. Creighton Abrams, USA, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army (S-33)

Gen. George S. Brown, USAF, Secretary of State, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Staff, USAF (S-24)

Maj. John Foster Dulles, USA, Secretary of State (31)

Adm. William T. Sampson, USN, Commander, North Atlantic Squadron, Spanish-American War (9)

1st Lt. Earl Warren, USN, U.S. Supreme Court chief justice, governor of California (S-32)

Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood, USA, Army chief of staff, governor of the Philippines, commander of Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders (10)

Section 26

Capt. Alphonsus Packard, USA, First officer buried at Arlington National Cemetery (5203)

Section 27

Pvt. William B. Blatt, USA, First battle casualty buried at Arlington National Cemetery (18)

Pvt. William Henry Christman, USA, First serviceman buried at Arlington National Cemetery (19)

Pvt. William Reeves, USA, First draftee buried at Arlington National Cemetery (99)

Section 30

Gen. Omar N. Bradley, USA, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army (428-1-2)

Adm. Louis E. Denfeld, USN, Chief of Naval Operations (433)

Lt. James V. Forrestal, USNR, First Secretary of Defense (674)

Capt. Michael Groves, USA, Commander, Co. E, 3rd U.S. Infantry (897)

Gen. Harold K. Johnson, USA, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army (430-2)

Adm. Arthur W. Radford, USN, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (435)

Adm. Harold P. Stark, USN, Chief of Naval operations (433)

Gen. John Shalikashvili, U.S. Army - First foreign-born soldier to become the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (site 832-2)

Gen. Charles P. Summerall, USA, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army (S-16)

Gen. Nathan F. Twining, USAF, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Staff USAF (43402)

Gen. Earle G. Wheeler, USA, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Staff USA (434-1)

Section 31

Capt. Robert Todd Lincoln, USA, Secretary of War, son of President Lincoln (S-13)

Section 32

Field Marshall Sir John Dill (British), Head of British planning commission (Equestrian statue)

Section 34

Gen. Henry .H. "Hap" Arnold, USAF, Chief, Army Air Forces (44-A)

Cpl. Frank Woodruff Buckles, USA, Last World War I Veteran died February 27, 2011 at the age of 110 (579-A)

Cpl. Ira Hayes, USMC, Depicted in Iwo Jima flag raising memorial (479)

Gen. John J. Pershing, USA, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, general of the Armies WWI (S-19)

Section 45

Pfc. Edward M. Kennedy, USA, U.S. senator, served in the Army from 1951-1953.

Lt. John F. Kennedy, USN, U.S. president, served as a PT boat commander during World War II.

Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., USN, served in the Navy during World War II.

S2 Robert F. Kennedy, USN, U.S. senator, attorney general, served in the Navy during World War II.

Section 46

Capt. Bobbie Brown, USA* (1021-17)

1st Lt. Audie L. Murphy, USA* World War II most-decorated U.S. soldier (366-11)

Lt. Col. Dick Scobee, USAF, Commander, Space Shuttle Challenger (1129-4)

Section 48

Staff Sgt. William R. Spates, USA, Former relief commander, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (432)

Section 51

Cpl. Rene A. Gagnon, USMC, Depicted in Iwo Jima flag-raising memorial (543)

Section 59

Admiral Grace Hopper, USN – Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper was a U.S. Navy mathematician and a pioneer computer programmer and co-inventor of COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language). (973)

Section 60

Col. Paul Bates, USA World War II white commander of the predominately black 761st Tank Battalion (6101)

Brig. Gen. Hazel Johnson-Brown, U.S. Army - The first African American female to attain general officer rank in American military history. She was appointed as the 16th chief of the Army Nurse Corps with the rank of brigadier general in 1979. (9836)

* denotes Medal of Honor recipient
** denotes two Medals of Honor