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Hampton National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery in the city of Hampton, Virginia. It encompasses 27.1 acres (11.0 ha), and as of the end of 2005, had 27,799 interments. There are two separate parts to this facility. The original cemetery is called the “Hampton Section” and is located on Cemetery Road in Hampton, VA. It is on the western side of I-64. The new section which is called the “Phoebus Addition” or the “Phoebus Section” West County Street in Hampton, VA east of I-64. It is less than a mile from the original cemetery. Both sections of the Hampton National Cemetery are closed to new interments.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The first burials took place in the cemetery in 1862, and were primarily Union soldiers who died in service or at the hospital at Fort Monroe. It became a National Cemetery in 1866. While primarily for Union soldiers, it also has the interments of 272 Confederate soldiers in their own section.

Hampton National Cemetery has the interred remains of World War II prisoners of war, 55 German and 5 Italian. It also has the remains of 28 sailors from the German submarine U-85, which was sunk by USS Roper off Cape Hatteras in 1942. A British sailor from the same war is buried here.[2]

Hampton National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 26, 1996.

Notable monuments[edit | edit source]

  • The Union Soldiers Monument, a 65' tall granite obelisk.

Notable interments[edit | edit source]

U-85 Crew Members Buried at Hampton National Cemetery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hamption National Cemetery——VA website
  2. [1] CWGC Casualty report.
  3. According to the U-85 Crew List. posted at ubootwaffe.net, Methge is buried with his crew mates. However, an employee of Hampton National Cemetery (who was most polite, patient, and helpful) checked the cemetery's list of the U-85 burials and Methge's name is not on it.

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