Place:Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield, Greene, Missouri, United States

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NameSpringfield National Cemetery
TypeCemetery
Coordinates37.1731°N 93.2636°W
Located inSpringfield, Greene, Missouri, United States

History

Springfield National Cemetery was "established in 1867 when the city purchased five acres for a burial plot. In 1911, the Confederate Cemetery Association (CCA) donated six acres, two of which were enclosed by a stone wall. Along with the land came the provision that burials would be restricted to men who died serving the Confederacy. Through a series of amendments to this provision in 1948, 1957 and 1984, all eligible veterans are now permitted in this portion of the cemetery. An 1871 cemetery inspection report recorded 832 known and 689 unknown interments in the cemetery. It continued, 'A very worthless superintendent was in charge last year, and the cemetery was sadly neglected. This year it has been put in good order.'"

"Springfield National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999."

(Source: Springfield National Cemetery's website)

Medal of Honor Recipients

Five Medal of Honor Recipients are buried at Springfield National Cemetery:

  • Sergeant Harrison Collins, (Civil War), Company A, 1st Tennessee Cavalry.
  • Captain Patrick Pentzer, (Civil War), Company C, 97th Illinois Infantry.
  • Corporal Orion P. Howe, (Civil War), Company C, 55th Illinois Infantry.
  • Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class Jack Williams, (World War II), U.S. Naval Reserve.
  • Pharmacist’s Mate Chief Petty Officer Fred H. McGuire, (Action Against Outlaws – Philippines, 1911) U.S. Navy.

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