150 Years Later, Family Visits Grave of Arlington’s First Hero

Posted by admin on May 14, 2014

Army Pvt. William Christman died in service to his country, but until this year, his family didn’t even know where he was buried. A victim of measles, the 20-year-old from Pocono Lake, Pa., died in a D.C. hospital in 1864.

But as the first person to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Christman has one of the most distinct honors in military history. “Everybody buried here is a hero,” said Jack E. Lechner, Jr., the cemetery’s deputy superintendent. “Mode or manner of death isn’t a determining factor. It’s service to country.”

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