Friday, April 15, 2011

Andersonville National Cemetery

National Prisoner of War Museum

 A Great friend of mine from my Navy Days in USS Ranger (CVA-61) who is also from Iowa visited our home in Middle Georgia this past week.  Of course no one who visits me from the Holy Land (read Iowa) is allowed to leave Georgia without visiting Andersonville National Cemetery and the National Prisoner of War Museum.  Although we did not know each other during our time in Ranger and we were aboard this Great War Ship (also known at The Top Gun) in 1962, 1963 and 1964 we have since connected through the USS Ranger Reunion Association and USS Ranger web sites.

Shown here is my Shipmate and His Bride at the National Prisoner of War Museum.

This picture was taken at the "Iowa Memorial" to her fallen Heroes who died while in  the Andersonville Prisoner of War Camp.  I do believe that each State of the Union erected Memorial to their respective Heroes in the very early 1900s.  This Memorial was erected in 1905. 

Because this Cemetery is an active Burial Site for Veterans there are over 19,300 burials here.  More than 13,000 Civil War Heroes from the Union Forces are buried here. 

This National Cemetery and the Prisoner of War Museum is located just North of Americus, Georgia on Highway 49.  I would recommend that everyone who has the opportunity to visit this Museum and the Cemetery.  It is a very informative trip that you will remember for the rest of your life.

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