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Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

indiantown gap national cemetery
Indiantown Gap Naional Cemetery, Annville, PA

GPS: 40.419741, -76.577616

RR #2, Box 484, Indiantown Gap Rd.
Annville, PA 17003-9618

Published: July 2000, last updated: March 28, 2020
Total records: 54,217

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery is owned by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Cemetery History

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery opened up for burials in 1982. It is located on land once occupied by Fort Indiantown Gap. The Fort was established in the 1930s by the Pennsylvania National Guard, and eventually went on to host the 55th Infantry Brigade, the 53rd Field Artillery, the 28th Infantry Division, and the 52nd Calvary Brigade.

In 1976, a section of Fort Indiantown Gap was selected as the national cemetery for the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania donated Land for the 677-acre site to the Veterans Administration.

Indiantown Gap derives its name from the various Native American communities that once resided in this region of Pennsylvania. The first inhabitants were Susquehannocks, an Iroquois tribe first encountered by Europeans in the 17th century. In the mid-1700s, Scotch-Irish, English and German pioneers settled the region and managed to live peacefully with the neighboring Lenape Indians. During the French and Indian War, however, tribes who were allied with French colonists raided many English frontier settlements. As Indiantown Gap increasingly became the site of frequent battles, pioneers built a number of defensive structures, including Swatara Fort, Harpers Fort and Reeds Fort.

U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs Records

Records linked below were acquired from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on March 28, 2020. The Department compiled these records in May of 2019. Dates of death range from 1917 to 2019.

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