Cemetery Overview
The Fort Benning Main Post Cemetery is a United States Army post cemetery located outside the city of Columbus, GA. Fort Benning was established in 1918, and is named after Confederate General Henry L. Benning, who lived in Columbus. Known as the "Maneuver Center of Excellence", the installation covers 182,000 acres including the Main Post Cemetery. One of the largest Army Post cemeteries, Fort Benning is an open cemetery that averages about 169 interments per year. As of July 2015, the 8.38 acre cemetery is the final resting place of over 10,000 of our nation's soldiers including (3) Medal of Honor awardees and their dependents. The cemetery is also the final resting place of 4 Chinese allied pilots, 7 Italian and 44 German prisoners of war who died in captivity at various military camps nearby and brought to Fort Benning for burial during World War II.
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 Information
When the cemetery is open managerial staff members can be found at the cemetery comfort station office located near the front entrance to the cemetery. Posted comfort station hours are Monday thru Friday 8 AM - 4:30 PM. Because the Fort Benning cemetery resides on an active U.S. Army installation all non-DoD, non-federally-affiliated visitors without proper government identification will need obtain prior approval for gate access. Visitors should review the most recent access information on the Fort Benning website at: http://www.benning.army.mil/GateInfo/index.html for any and all visitor access requirements before departing. The cemetery has paved parking available and is wheelchair-accessible.

 

Hours
The cemetery is open daily from 8 AM - 5 PM daily, with extended hours on Memorial Day from 8 AM - 7 PM. Cemetery Comfort Station Office building hours are Monday thru Friday 8 AM - 4:30 PM.


The Fort Benning Main Post Cemetery is a United States Army post cemetery located outside the city of Columbus, GA. Fort Benning was established in 1918, and is named after Confederate General Henry L. Benning, who lived in Columbus. Known as the "Maneuver Center of Excellence", the installation covers 182,000 acres including the Main Post Cemetery. One of the largest Army Post cemeteries, Fort Benning is an open cemetery that averages about 169 interments per year. As of July 2015, the 8.38 acre cemetery is the final resting place of over 10,000 of our nation's soldiers including (3) Medal of Honor awardees and their dependents. The cemetery is also the final resting place of 4 Chinese allied pilots, 7 Italian and 44 German prisoners of war who died in captivity at various military camps nearby and brought to Fort Benning for burial during World War II.

 

 Established: 1922 
 First Recorded Interment: 12/13/1922 
 Location:  6551 Fort Benning Blvd, Fort Benning, GA 31905
 Burials: 10,541 (U.S. Military Personnel; Civilians; EPWs; Foreign Soldiers; Unknowns) 
 Columbarium: Yes 
 Acres: 8.38 acres 
 Status: Open to new inurnments and subsequent interments only 
 Last Interment/Inurnment: 1/13/2017 
Fort Benning is located outside of Columbus, Georgia. The closest airport to Fort Benning, GA, is Columbus Metropolitan Airport which is 11.5 miles from Fort Benning. The closest major airport is Middle Georgia Regional Airport (MCN/ KMCN). This airport has domestic flights from Macon, GA, and is 100 miles from the center of Fort Benning. Another major airport is Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM/ KMGM), which has domestic flights from Montgomery, Alabama and is 106 miles from Fort Benning, GA. Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL/KATL) has flights form Atlanta, GA and is 113 miles from Fort Benning, GA.

Fort Benning Cemetery
Bldg. 2679, 6551 Fort Benning Blvd.
706-545-5943

Cemetery Responsible Official
Directorate of Public Works -O&M Division
6650 Meloy Dr., Fort Benning, GA
706-604-4211

Deputy Cemetery Responsible Official
Directorate of Public Works -O&M Division
6650 Meloy Dr., Fort Benning, GA
706-575-4948
 

LTG Harold G.Moore Jr.
Distinguished Service Cross
Section C, Grave 259
Died 02/10/2017

COL Robert Nett
Medal of Honor
Section E, Grave 44A
Died 10/19/2008

COL Edward Schowalter
Medal of Honor
Section 3, Grave 103A
Died 11/21/2003

SPC4 Donald Johnston
Medal of Honor
Section E, Grave 43A
Died 3/21/1969

Moore, Julia 'Julie'
Wife of famous U.S. Army General Harold Moore
Section C, Grave 259
Died 4/18/2004

Crook Jr., Edward
Olympic Gold Medal Winner
Section J, Grave 901
Died 7/25/2005