Virginia – Arlington National Cemetery: Lee Marvin gravesite
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Lee Marvin (February 19, 1924 – August 29, 1987), a well known film actor, best known for his his tough-guy roles in such movies as , The Dirty Dozen, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and Sergeant Riker. Marvin won an Oscar from his dual role as a drunken gunfighter and his evil, noseless twin brother in the western comedy, Cat Ballou in 1965. Named after Robert E. Lee, his cousin four times removed, he served with the Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific and was awarded a Purple Heart for a wound that he received there.
Arlington National Cemetery, a military cemetery directly across the Potomac from Washington, D.c., was established during the Civil War on the grounds of the Arlington House, formerly the estate of the family of Robert E. Lee’s wife Mary Anna (Custis) Lee, a descendant of Martha Washington. By 1864, the military cemeteries of Washington and Alexandria were filled with Union dead. After Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs quickly selected Arlington as a replacement, in part to prevent the Lee’s from ever returning, the government confiscated the land claiming unpaid property taxes. Today, more than 300,000 people, including veterans and military casualties from every one of the nation’s wars, are interred in the 624-acre cemetery administered by the Department of the Navy.