Fort Missoula Cemetery

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Fort Missoula Cemetery

Also known as Fort Missoula Post Cemetery, Post Cemetery

Location
CCC Road 2 blocks S of South Ave W,
Missoula, Missoula County, Montana, USA
Memorials 296 added (95% photographed)

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Shortly after the Army's pursuit of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce in 1877, it was determined a new military installation was required to guard the head end of the Bitterroot Valley in Montana Territory. The establishment of Fort Missoula brought with it the founding of the post cemetery, at present close to an acre in size. The harsh realities of frontier life are reflected in the headstones. Over the next forty years, the majority of interments were those of military dependents residing at the fort, including many unnamed infants. Soldiers of the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 14th, 18th, 24th and 25th US Infantry and the 2nd US Cavalry regiments, assigned at various times as units to the post, also were casualties of disease, although not again of hostile fire. With World War One, the installation became a training center for outbound troops. Again with World War Two, another mission change brought Japanese, Italian and German internees from the Western states to reside in camps on and near the grounds. Fort Missoula was disposed of by the Department of Defense in 1999, except for a small reserve facility and the cemetery. It is under control of the Department of the Army as a military cemetery open to retirees, honorably discharged veterans, combat casualties, and their dependents. It is also the final resting place for two Medal of Honor recipients. It remains an active cemetery.

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GPS Coordinates: 46.8469, -114.0571

  • Added: 14 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #1971800