Medal of Honor Recipients
The Medal of Honor may only be awarded to a person who was on active military service at the time of the incident. The first awardees of the medal were men involved in "The Great Locomotive Chase".
Chattanooga National Cemetery has the graves of four of those recipients:
Sergeant Marion A. Ross (Civil War), 2nd Ohio Infantry. Georgia, June 18, 1862 (Section H, Site 11179).
Sergeant John M. Scott (Civil War), Company F, 21st Ohio Infantry. Georgia, June 18, 1862 (Section H, Site 11182).
Sergeant Samuel Slavens (Civil War), Company E, 33rd Ohio Infantry. Georgia, June 18, 1862 (Section H, Site 11176).
Private Samuel Robertson (Civil War), Company G, 33rd Ohio Infantry. Georgia, June 18, 1862 (Section H, Site 11177).
First Lieutenant William F. Zion (Boxer Rebellion), U.S. Marine Corps. Peking, China July 21 - August 17, 1900 (Section U, Site 40 South Side).
Master Sergeant Ray E. Duke (Korean War), U.S. Army, Company C, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. Near Mugok, Korea, April 26, 1951 (Section Z, Site 373).
Desmond T. Doss was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1919. He was working in the Newport News shipyard when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Doss was drafted into World War II. Based on his religious beliefs, Cpl. Doss refused to carry a weapon or kill an enemy soldier so he served in the army as an unarmed medic in the Pacific Theater: Guam, the Philippines, and Japan. Cpl. Doss received two Bronze Stars for service in the Philippines and the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of 75 comrades during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, despite being wounded multiple times. Doss was the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor, which was presented by President Harry Truman. Cpl. Doss contracted tuberculosis in 1946, and died from respiratory complications in 2006 (Section P, Site 6399-A).
Revolutionary War Veteran S. Miller, (Section B, Site 830).
Prisoners of War
Chattanooga is the only national cemetery that has both World War I and World War II foreign POWs reinterred. There are 186 POWs from both wars.
Seventy-eight are World War I German POWs, twenty-two part of group burials (Post C Graves 66, 67 and 68); and 108 POWs are from World War II consisting of 105 Germans, one French, one Italian and one Pole.
Juanita Dixon Walker was born June 21, 1916, in Dunn, LA, and she married Melvin Turnley Walker (1914-1948) before November 1942. Melvin Walker enlisted in 1937 and served in the Army Air Corps until his death in 1948. Juanita Walker started her career with what became the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) at Chattanooga National Cemetery, TN. She became NCA's first female cemetery director in 1974 when named the superintendent of Lebanon National Cemetery, KY. Walker served at cemeteries at Mountain Home and Memphis, TN, and Los Angeles, CA, before retiring in 1986. She died December 17, 2000, and is buried in Chattanooga National Cemetery (Section DD-2, Site 50).
Born in Michigan in 1850, teacher Sara Wiltse advocated for kindergarten as an educational prerequisite to elementary school. She studied childhood development, wrote children's stories, and edited a volume of Grimm's Fairy Tales. Wiltse's prominent research is reflected in presentations to the National Education Association and contributions to the American Journal of Psychology. Her books continue to influence teaching. Wiltse died on May 12, 1932. She was buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery with her brother Jason, a Civil War veteran who died in 1874 (Section P, Site 6428).