Most people can envision the rows and rows of headstones of brave veterans laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Michigan is also home to a few large national cemeteries like the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly or Fort Custer National Cemetery near Battle Creek. On a hill overlooking Camp Grayling in northern Michigan is a small cemetery containing two American soldiers. The Stars and Stripes wave at the top of a hill in Hansen Hills Recreation Area. It is there among the trees you will find a fence with a sign U.S. GOVERNMENT MILITARY CEMETERY.
Laid to rest are Private First Class John A. Conroy and Private George A. Laine. Conroy serving in the National Guard at Camp Grayling when he died of pneumonia in August 1927. Laine drowned in nearby Frog Lake on July 14, 1939. It is lost to history as to why the men were buried where they are, but they would not have been eligible to be buried in a National Cemetery since both soldiers were on duty with the State Militia, as opposed to the active Army. The little cemetery is maintained by Camp Grayling and if you take the path for the disc golf course you will come across this little graveyard for two men who deserve to be remembered.
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