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They went to war, and their stories don't stop there

In honor of the 150th anniversary of Arlington's first military burial on May 13, here's a look back at some of the fascinating figures buried there.

  1. Abner Doubleday: "Inventor of baseball"

    Ok, so the sport was around before Doubleday, but his supposed site of invention, Cooperstown, is basically the national capital of baseball.

    Why is he buried there? He was in the Union Army during the Civil War.


  2. Adolphus W. Greely: National Geographic Society founder

    In the Army, Greely survived a mission that sounds like something out of an adventure novel. He was abandoned in the Arctic Circle for three years, two of those without supplies.

    Why is he buried there? He was in the Union Army during the Civil War.


  3. Joe Louis: Heavyweight boxing champion

    Yes, the Joe Louis. The one from the Louis-Schmeling fights in the 1930s. One historian called Louis' 1938 victory the "greatest sporting event of the 20th century."

    Why is he buried there? He was in the U.S. Army during World War II.



  4. Mary Roberts Rinehart: "America's Mistress of Mystery"

    A poet, novelist and playwright, Rinehart was the inventor of the mystery character "the bat." Try not to laugh, I mean, get scared, during the trailer for a 1959 remake film.

    Why is she buried there? She was a correspondent during World War I.



  5. Frank Reynolds: the father of Nightline

    Reynolds started America Held Hostage, which would eventually become Nightline. Perhaps his best-known broadcast, though, came when the news broke that President Reagan had been shot.

    Why is he buried there? He was in the U.S. Army during WWII.



  6. Glenn Miller: Big band leader, first gold album

    Back in the '40s, the 1.2 million copies this song sold meant that literally everyone knew it. Go ahead, check out what all the cool cats were listening to. You know you want to.

    Why is he buried there?He was in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII (and was declared missing in action).

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