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Fort Leavenworth Military Prison Cemetery

Fort Leavenworth Military Prison Cemetery
U.S.D.B. Cemetery Sign
Year established 1884[1]
Location Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Country United States
Owned by United States Disciplinary Barracks
Number of graves 298 (240 marked, 58 unmarked)
Find a Grave United States Disciplinary Barracks Cemetery

Fort Leavenworth Military Prison Cemetery (also known as the United States Disciplinary Barracks Cemetery) is a cemetery maintained by the Fort Leavenworth Military Prison, Leavenworth County, Kansas. The purpose of this cemetery is for the burial of unclaimed bodies of soldiers who died in the United States Disciplinary Barracks.[2] It is the final resting place for 298 soldiers who died in the prison, 58 of which lie in unmarked graves.[2] The majority of the soldiers who are buried in Fort Leavenworth Military Prison Cemetery died between 1898 and 1905.[2] The last known burial in the cemetery was in 1957, ten years after the one preceding it.[2] Since families are expected to claim the bodies, the U.S. military does not have any plan for future burials.[2]

A headstone in the back row (11th) of a German POW buried at the site. This prisoner was hanged for the murder of Johannes Kunze.

Fourteen German prisoners of war who were executed in 1945 (for the murders of fellow-POWs Johannes Kunze, Horst Günther and Werner Drechsler[1]) in the military prison are buried in the northwest corner of the cemetery.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b Fort Leavenworth Historical Society, "German POW Execution"
  2. ^ a b c d e Fort Leavenworth Military Prison burial data from
  3. ^ "Abolish Archives" 1 March, 1988
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