Deceased Persons

Deceased Persons

People who die from natural causes or in cases such as accidents, wars or drug abuse are there every day. Therefore, it is important to deal with this issue to understand that life will not always be easy. In this category we will explain in a few words the most important facts about deceased persons, resting places such as the Arlington National Cemetery and who has what right to what resting place.

What are deceased persons?

A deceased person is a human being from the moment of his death until the expiration of his post-mortem personality protection. The memory of the deceased is protected from disparagement under criminal law. After the burial or finding of a lifeless missing person, one (also) speaks of a dead person. The term deceased must be distinguished from the term corpse, which refers only to the body.

What is the dying process and when does it begin?

When people are dying due to the natural aging process or a serious illness, they go through the incipient dying process. In contrast to the sudden death caused, for example, by a fatal accident in a war to a military service member or veteran, the natural dying process extends over a longer period of time. This is divided into the phases of dying, in which certain signs of impending death can often be identified.

What individuals are buried in Arlington National Cemetery?

Primarily buried at Arlington National Cemetery are deceased persons who died in a military action, or their family members. However, presidents such as Kennedy family William Howard Taft, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world boxing champion Joe Louis, the seven Space Shuttle Challenger astronauts and the Tuskegee Airmen are also buried.

Allen J. Eldredge – Master Sergeant, United States Army

It is with heavy heart that I write this. We received word that Master Sergeant Allen Eldredge, Relief Commander, Tomb of the Unknowns, (August 1953-July 1954), Assistant Sergeant ...
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Written Testimony of Norma C. Nicolls Former Assistant to M. Larry Lawrence Submitted to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Subsommittee on Investigations

I received a phone call from a columnist, Arianna Huffington, on November 22, 1997. She asked me if I would speak to her about Larry Lawrence and his ...
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Fielding Pope Meigs – Captain, United Staes Army

Fielding Pope Meigs, Captain, Artillery, United States Army.  Born on 27 March 1845 and died on 27 March 1882.  He is buried in Section 3 of Arlington National ...
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Sarah Elizabeth Fulkman McNaughton – Military Spouse

The wife of John Theodore McNaughton, she was born on February 12, 1921 and was killed with him and their youngest son, Theodore, in a commercial air crash in North ...
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John David Morton – Sergeant First Class, United States Army

NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense No. 1304-05 IMMEDIATE RELEASE Decmber 16, 2005 DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death ...
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Dale William Smith – Master Sergeant, United States Army

Arlington National Cemetery: Section 67, Grave 4124 Dale William Smith was born on 21 July 1942 in Des Moines, Iowa.  He attended North High School and joined the ...
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John Charles Waterman – Colonel, United States Army

John Charles Waterman of Michigan Appointed from Michigan, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 1 September 1877 Second Lieutenant, 7th Cavalry, 11 June 1881 First Lieutenant, 2nd Calvary, 20 ...
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Stan Roger Sheridan – Major General, United States Army

MAJOR GENERAL STAN ROGER SHERIDAN Born in California March 27, 1928 Died November 25, 2001 Cadet US. Military Academy 1947-51 Graduated as No. 18204, Class of 1951 Second ...
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A Tribute To Arlington National Cemetery

I received this article from George on  August 1997. Following a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, George did his “homework” and compiled this wonderful tribute to Arlington National ...
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Edward Mack Sparks – Second Lieutenant, United States Army Air Corps

WWII bomber crew buried in Arlington The 10-man crew of a long-missing bomber from World War II was laid to rest yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery, closing the ...
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