Thank you so much for supporting Offutt Base Cemetery (Fort Crook Post Cemetery) and Wreaths Across America! Not only did your generosity cover every grave in 2021, but we're already well on our way to reaching our goal for 2022, as well!
Save the date for Wreaths Across America on Dec. 17th, 2022!
The historic cemetery at Offutt Air Force Base was founded in 1897. Per a letter dated Aug 29, 1907, from the Post Quartermaster, “It appears that in the summer of 1897, exact date not known or ascertainable, Evelyn E. Thompson, about one week old, daughter of Principal Musician Thompson, 22nd Infantry, died and was buried in the Post Cemetery here, being the first internment therein. I am informed that this internment was never reported to this office or entered into the burial record, as it was the intention of the parents to disinter the remains and take or send them to their home in the East, which apparently was never done, as the remains are still buried here.” Evelyn’s grave was then marked with an appropriate headstone when the cemetery was moved in 1908. Pvt. Joseph Ferguson of Sellars, KY was the first official burial in September of 1897.
There are 841 burials in approximately 760 graves today at Offutt Air Force Base Cemetery. These men, women and children represent twelve different countries, five branches of the US Military and seven different wars and conflicts from the US Civil War to Vietnam.
To learn more about the lives of each of the service members, and their spouses laid to rest on our little hill, please visit Wreaths Across America - Offutt Air Force Cemetery on Facebook. A biography for each is posted on the anniversary of their passing.
Please visit our WAA page for more information on sponsoring a wreath, volunteering, or specific information on the 2022 ceremony as details become available.