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 Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Clackamas County, Oregon, USA


Latitude: 45.459367, Longitude: -122.540382
Willamette National Cemetery

Notes:
Willamette National Cemetery is located about 10 miles southeast of Portland in Clackamas County, Ore. As the result of lobbying efforts by several veterans’ organizations, Congress passed Public Law 388 authorizing the secretary of war to establish a national cemetery in the Portland vicinity in 1941. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill into law, however, he felt that funds for the purchase of land should be limited to defense needs. As a result, no appropriation was made to build the cemetery.

At the conclusion of World War II, regional authorities again began urging the development of a national cemetery in Oregon. In 1949, the state donated approximately 102 acres and subsequent donations in 1952 brought the total land area to a little over 201 acres. A final parcel of 68 additional acres was dedicated in 1995.

Construction work started in 1950, and the area was officially designated Willamette National Cemetery on Dec. 14, 1950. The first burial occurred in 1951.


Headstones

 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
Payne, Thomas Hamilton
Payne, Thomas Hamilton
View looking to the northwest from Tom Payne's headstone 
Located    Thomas Hamilton Payne, II (d. 12 Dec 1957)
 
Payne, Thomas Hamilton II
Payne, Thomas Hamilton II
Headstone 
Located    Thomas Hamilton Payne, II (d. 12 Dec 1957)
 
Willamette National Cemetery Office
Willamette National Cemetery Office
 
Located