Fort Richardson National Cemetery
As its name would suggest, Fort Richardson National Cemetery is located off of Fort Richardson near Anchorage, Alaska. Spanning thirty-nine acres, some of the grave sites may be inaccessible depending on the amount of snowfall. As of late 2006, the cemetery is home to 4,527 internments. There were once 235 Japanese soldiers from World War II interred here (some however remain). It became recognized as a National Cemetery on May 28, 1984 and added on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.
Backstory and Context
Also interred at Fort Richardson is Major Kermit Roosevelt, who was the son of President Theodore Roosevelt. Kermit had originally served with the British Army in WWII, but fought for the US when they entered the war. He was famous for accompanying pilots on their missions around Aleutian Islands and for getting Alaskan tribesmen to join a regional militia. A memorial stone gateway was constructed in 1949 to honor Major Roosevelt. Another notable person interred at Fort Richardson is Medal of Honor winner Staff Sergeant James Leroy Bondsteel. Bondsteel served the US Army during the Vietnam War.