Place:Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

NameWood National Cemetery
Alt namesSoldiers Home Cemetery (1871)source: DVA
Cemetery of the Northwest Branch Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (1903)source: DVA
TypeCemetery
Located inMilwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States     (1871 - present)
Also located inMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States    

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Wood National Cemetery is the only cemetery in the National Cemetery Administration that is co-located with both a Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a Veterans Affairs Regional Office.

  • Burial Space: Wood National Cemetery is closed to new interments.
  • Acreage: 50.1
  • Number of Interments Thru Fiscal Year 2008: 38,193
  • General Information Kiosk on Site? Yes

Wood National Cemetery is located on the grounds of a former Soldiers Home that today is called the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wis.

From 1867 until 1871, the home buried its soldiers in private cemeteries in the Milwaukee area. In 1871, a cemetery opened on the grounds. Originally known only as Soldiers Home Cemetery, it wasn’t until 1937 the name was changed to honor Gen. George Wood, a longtime member of the Soldiers’ Home’s Board of Managers. It became a national cemetery in 1973.

The 60-foot-tall granite Civil War Soldiers and Sailors monument was erected in 1903 when the cemetery was part of the Northwest Branch Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. The monument was sponsored by the Soldiers and Sailors Association and was sculpted by Joseph Shaver Granite and Marble Co. of Milwaukee.

A memorial pathway is lined with a variety of memorials that honor America’s veterans. As of 2003, there were seven memorials along there —most commemorating soldiers of 20th-century wars.

Location

Wood National Cemetery
5000 West National Avenue
Bldg. 1301
Milwaukee, WI 53295-4000
Phone: (414) 382-5300 or 5302
FAX: (414) 382-5321

The cemetery is co-located with the VA Medical Center and the VA Regional Office in Milwaukee. From Mitchell International Airport take Interstate 94 west to exit 308A (Mitchell Boulevard/VA Center), turn left on Mitchell Boulevard. Turn right onto Hines Boulevard, (Lake Wheeler will be on your left.) Keep left as Hines Boulevard curves, Cemetery Administration Office (Bldg 1301) will be on your right.

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