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Property Name U.S. Naval Cemetery
Reference Number 15000846
State Guam
Town Hagatna
Street Address Marine Corps Drive approx. 175 feet east of intersection with Route 8
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 11/30/2015
Areas of Significance Military, Politics/Government
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The U.S. Naval Cemetery is significant due to its association with the broad patterns of our history between 1899 and 1954. It embodies several "firsts". It contains the first burials associated with the first American political administration of Guam. It was the first nonsectarian cemetery on Guam, extending First Amendment principles to the island. It contains the graves of the first German nationals who died as a result of America declaring war on Germany in WWI. This followed the first shot fired by the U.S. against Germany, which occurred in Apra Harbor. It contains the grave of William H. Butler (1875-1926), the Deputy Surveyor who conducted the first U.S. Cadastral Survey ofHagatfia. This provided a basis for ownership rights and taxation. It contains twenty-seven graves of veterans in service during the Spanish American War, the war that resulted in the United States acquiring Guam and becoming a colonial entity. It was the first burial place of William G. Johnston, an American civilian removed from Guam during WWII who died incarcerated in Japan.

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