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Captain Ted Conaway Memorial Naval Cemetery 1838-1986

 
 
Captain Ted Conaway Memorial Naval Cemetery 1838-1986 Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Thomson, October 20, 2010
1. Captain Ted Conaway Memorial Naval Cemetery 1838-1986 Marker
Inscription. This cemetery was developed on its present site. Several gravestones were moved from an earlier location outside the hospital reservation. It was named after Captain Conaway who served 40 years in the Navy, holding every rate and rank from seaman to captain, including warrant and chief warrant officer. Upon retirement in 1975, he volunteered to serve as command historian and held that post until December 2001.

The site is laid out in four quadrants forming a Greek cross. It is one acre in size and contains approximately 880 graves. The earliest marked grave is that of George Butler, a sailor who fell to his death in an accident aboard the USS Constitution on Aug. 1, 1838. The most recent gravestone was placed in 1986.

The cemetery's burials represent not only American dead, but also individuals from Brazil, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Russia Spain, Sweden and Germany.

This cemetery hosts a monument to 337 members of the USS Cumberland and the USS Congress. These ships were sunk by the CSS Virginia, formerly US Frigate Merrimac, during the first day of the ironclad ship's maiden voyage. Unknown dead are interred in 113 graves. They include 45 unknown Confederate soldiers and four members of the Imperial Russian Navy. This exceptionally important resource represents our national effort to memorialize and remember

Captain Ted Conaway Memorial Naval Cemetery 1838-1986 Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Thomson, October 20, 2010
2. Captain Ted Conaway Memorial Naval Cemetery 1838-1986 Marker
those who have honorably served their country.

Rules of Conduct:
No gravestone rubbings allowed
Children must be accompanied by an adult
No alcoholic beverages or fireworks
Do not lean, sit or climb on monuments
No pets allowed
Flowers will be removed every few days
No plantings are allowed within the cemetery July 2008
 
Erected 2008.
 
Location. 36° 50.767′ N, 76° 18.517′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker can be reached from May Street near Gendreau Road. Click for map. Cemetery entrance (marker location) is behind the parking lot located at May St. and Gendreau Rd. The cemetery is on a secured, active military installation. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Portsmouth Naval Hospital (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital

Captain Ted Conaway Memorial Naval Cemetery 1838-1986 Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Thomson, October 20, 2010
3. Captain Ted Conaway Memorial Naval Cemetery 1838-1986 Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Portsmouth Naval Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
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Listing of Interments image. Click for full size.
By James Thomson, October 20, 2010
4. Listing of Interments
Donated by the members of Branch and Unit 40 Chesapeake Fleet Reserve Association
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. This page has been viewed 587 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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