Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery in the city of San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses, and as of 2014, had over 144,000 interments. The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
Although the Army post in the area was established in 1875, and construction of Fort Sam Houston began the following year, no burials were made in the area that is currently the cemetery until 1926. In 1931 were added as an addition to San Antonio National Cemetery. In 1937, the addition became a National Cemetery in its own right, renamed Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In 1947 several other forts in Texas, including Fort McIntosh, were closed and their cemetery interments were transferred to Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Interred at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery are 140 Axis prisoners of war (POWs) from World War II who died in captivity. 133 are German, 4 are Italian, and 3 are Japanese. These POWs were disinterred from various Texas prisoner of war camps and reburied at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Among these POWs is Hugo Krauss, a German murdered by fellow German POWs at Camp Hearne in 1943. When originally interred, these graves were isolated from the American graves. There are two POW graves that have been erroneously documented as "Nazi" graves because they are marked with the Knight's Cross, a symbol often associated with Nazism. In the context of these POW headstones, the Knight's Cross markings indicate that these two soldiers were awarded the Knight's Cross, one of Germany's highest military awards. These soldiers were probably members of Germany's famed "Afrika Korps", and may have been taken prisoner in North Africa.
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  • This is a wonderful place to visit to understand the dedication of our Armed Forces Members and their families. It is a somber, but a very patriotic event for everyone.  more »
  • My parents and a brother are buried at FSHNC and I no longer live in town. So every once in awhile I get a chance to pay respects and on this occasion I was stunned by how nice every in the cemetery....  more »
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  • Often visit to meditate, get inspired for my poem writing while sometimes sketching and taking pictures of the beauty seen in this place. Enjoying a lunch on a bench.. Upon occasion just stopping in to pay respects to random people where my inner heart tells me to leave a card for a person's family member. Respectfully, Amen.
  • I am so dam upset that everytime I take flowers or a flag to my husband some low life takes them. I had left him a personal flag of ours and it's was there since Tuesday I have not been here since Tuesday today is Friday I'm here and someone stole it. I don't know if it was taken when the Boy Scouts or whoever it was that came to collect the flags that they put out for Memorial Day! they also took the flag but if they did I would appreciate it if they would put it back. I know I can't prove it was them I can't prove who's doing this. this isn't the first time that this gets done to my husband and I don't understand why just him! here I thought I was putting him in a safe respectful Cemetery but it doesn't seem like that's the case. there's got to be a way that someone can monitor this things happening.
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