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 Unknown World War I Soldier

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Unknown World War I Soldier

  • Birth unknown
  • Death unknown France
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Memorial Amphitheater, Grid S/T-22.5
  • Memorial ID 7176994

United States Army Soldier. In 1921, a joint resolution by the United States House and Senate created the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In that year over 1200 bodies were classified as unidentifiable in cemeteries in France. Four were exhumed from different locations, placed in identical caskets and Sgt Edward F. Younger, a highly decorated combat infantryman was given the honor of choosing the American unknown. From the port city of Le Harve the remains were placed aboard the USS Olympia for transportation to the United States. Upon arrival at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard, the casket was conveyed to the Capitol rotundra to lie in state. On the morning of November 11, 192l, the remains were placed upon a horse-drawn caisson for its journey to Arlington, with General John J. Pershing marching behind the caisson led the delegation of military leaders. In the procession were President Warren G. Harding, Vice-President Calvin Coolidge, members of the Cabinet, Congress, the Supreme Court and former President Woodrow Wilson, who rode along in a carriage. The body was interred with military honors unequaled in American history. 5,000 people crowded around the burial site with some 100,000 standing along the ridges of Arlington. President Harding laid the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross on the casket and proclaimed Armistice Day a national holiday. There followed a host of foreign honors, includeing the Victoria Cross of the United Kingdom, the highest military honors of France, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Cuba, Italy, and Belguim, and tributes from Canada, India, Australia, and New Zealand. Soon other unknowns from other wars would join the World War I Unknown.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 11 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7176994
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Unknown World War I Soldier (unknown–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7176994, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .