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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Find a Veteran Grave: Guest Post

There are over 6 million veterans and family members of veterans buried across the United States.  And when you want to pay your respects, it can be very hard to locate a veteran’s burial place.  The department of Veterans Affairs keeps a massive database of burial sites of veterans and their beneficiaries, such as spouses and children.  But this database is jumbled, messy and confusing.  But a new online tool has cleaned up this data and made it searchable and easy to navigate.  Now, anyone can easily find a veteran grave for free on

Users can search for a veteran by name, cemetery, date of birth, military rank and military branch.  Once you have narrowed down your search, you can click on a veteran to see the detailed information regarding their burial.  A map will help you locate the cemetery and the cemetery’s phone number will be displayed.  If you are logged in to facebook, you can also leave a prayer or note to remember the veteran. 

A similar online tool also powered by is the Medal of Honor Recipients database.  Like the veteran grave locator, the Medal of Honor tool allows you to search for recipients based on war, rank and name.

This is a guest post written by Evan Thomas, a student at UCSB that has partnered with FindTheData to help create these tools.  FindtheData is an unbiased search engine that allows you to compare everything from Section-8 Housing to Non-Profit Organizations.  If you have any questions or comments about the grave locator, feel free to contact Evan at evan_thomas (@)


  1. the grave locator is very useful, thanks for sharing!

  2. Perhaps veterans of the Civil War were not exactly at the center of your thoughts, but I visited the cemetery at Andersonville, the Confederate camp or notoriety. Walked and gave thanks to all who gave the most one can offer to country. Not applauded or paraded or glorified in such a tragic place, but they too are connected to those who continue to serve, to sacrifice and to die for their friends and their country. Thank you for your words.

  3. both the medal of honor database and the grave locator and interesting resources? How long have they been around? I've never used these before. Thank you for letting us know about them.