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Procedure of Burial for Veterans at Oak Grove Cemetery

1) To accommodate the needs of Oak Grove Cemetery staff in relation to preparation of gravesite location 24 HOURS notice is needed for burials at Veterans Lots. Therefore, written request for burial MUST be received 24 HOURS PRIOR to proposed burial time & date. The request MUST be sent to the Office of Veterans Services by fax 781-395-6342, or in person. The request for burial must including lot requested (i.e.-WW II, Korea, Vietnam), Veteran’s name, copy of military discharge (if not available via AGO/Military Records), proof of MEDFORD residency (Mass license, utility bills, etc)

2) Absolutely NO Veteran burial will be authorized verbally. All Veterans approved for burial in the War lots of Oak Grove Cemetery by the office of Veterans Services will be supplied approval in writing by the Director/Grave Registrar on Department letterhead. Copies of the written approval will be supplied to the Undertaker and Oak Grove Cemetery in writing 24 HOURS prior to requested date & time for burial of said Veteran.

3) Every effort will be made to accommodate request made outside of the 24 hours time required period, but cannot be guaranteed for approval.

4) No burials for Veterans/War Lots will be approved without written proof of Military Service, and Medford Residency Requirements. There will be no exceptions granted by this office.

Criteria for burial in Veterans/War lots:
A) Medford Residency at time of entry into military services
*Appeals of this criterion may be made to Mayor’s Office if veteran is denied (in writing) burial in a veteran’s lawn from city/town where member enlisted from.
B) Honorable discharged from Military Services
C) Veteran’s military service dates MUST meet required dates (established by Federal Government), for particular conflict for which the Veterans remains are, being sought to be buried.)

Federal recognized War Dates are as follows:

World War II – December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946

Korean War -June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955

Vietnam – August 5, 1964 (February 28, 1961, for veterans who served “in country” before August 5, 1964), through May 7, 1975

Gulf War – August 2, 1990 through a date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation.