Hillcrest Cemetery, Anderson Township, OH

Saturday I had intended to try and find the St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery in Dayton, however, I ended up visiting a few other cemeteries. I didn’t get a lot of good shots, but I still had a good day.

Today, I give you Hillcrest Cemetery.

From the road, Hillcrest looks like any other cemetery; you can’t tell that it is in such disrepair as they keep the grass mowed that can be seen from the road.

The first thing that struck me when entering the cemetery was the large number of veteran headstones, there were stones there, that I saw, from both World Wars… many, many stones.

The second thing that couldn’t be ignored was the shameful way that the cemetery has been maintained. It was obvious that the grass had not been cut this year, and in some parts of the cemetery, much longer.

There were trees that had fallen over the stones that were mostly obscured by the grass.

It saddened me that the final resting places for these heroes has been so neglected.

Once I got home, I did some research to try and find out the story behind Hillcrest Cemetery.

As it turns out, the ownership of the cemetery is in dispute and has been for many years. In many cases, the township will take ownership, but Anderson Township claims that if they do this it will be financially ruinous.

In appx 2002 the Ohio National Guard did some maintenance at the cemetery, but it looks as though little has been done since.

In my research, I discovered that many Buffalo Soldiers rest here. Soldiers that never saw equal rights in their lifetimes, still being mistreated after their demise.

There has been articles written about the cemetery and the maintenance issues in the past, so I’ve sent some follow up emails to some of the people that were (or could be) involved with getting some help for the forlorn cemetery.

Any ideas would be appreciated my friends, it is a true black eye for our country to allow these conditions to exist.

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~ by trippybeth on June 18, 2013.

8 Responses to “Hillcrest Cemetery, Anderson Township, OH”

  1. Interesting history. I’m sure there are many of these forgotten cemeteries – nice find.

  2. my father Robert perry moore is buried who do I contact to find his grave

  3. I am currently working to get a data base filled at Find a Grave for this Cemetery.
    I have a Frank and Mattie Moore but we are FAR from done w/ our research.

  4. My uncle, Amos Foster Jr., is buried at this cemetery. I’ve never been there and don’t know where is grave is or if he has a headstone. He died in late 1946 or early 1947 when he was in the Army. I believe he was buried there in February of 1947.

  5. My father LT Jones is buried at Hillcrest. Looking through some old family records, I happened on LT Jones’s death certificate. He was a US Army Veteran who died in 1965. Many years ago, my Mom and I went to the cemetery to try and locate his grave. We found the same conditions that are described in your blog. We were unable to locate his grave. We were hoping to have luck going simply by Mom’s memory. No luck.

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