ABMC assumed responsibility for the care and maintenance of the Corozal American Cemetery in Panama in 1982. At this 16 acre cemetery are interred 5,557 American veterans and others. A paved walk leads from the visitor center to a small memorial that sits atop a knoll overlooking the graves area. The memorial consists of a paved plaza with a 12-foot rectangular granite obelisk flanked by two flagpoles on which fly the U.S. and Panamanian flags. Engraved on the obelisk in English and Spanish is the following inscription:
This memorial has been erected by the
United States of America
in humble tribute to all interred here
who served in its Armed Forces or
contributed to the construction,
operation and maintenance of
the Panama Canal
Buried at the Corozal American Cemetery are American servicemen who served during the Mexican – American War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and all other major conflicts. Learn more about those Americans buried and memorialized who died during the Civil War and served during the Mexican War, Civil War and Spanish American War.
Corozal American Cemetery
Calle Rufina Alfaro
Corozal American Cemetery is located approximately three miles north of Panama City, Republic of Panama. The main entrance is shared between the American cemetery and the Panamanian cemetery. You will see a wrought iron gate and a sign that reads Corozal American Cemetery on the entrance pillars to mark this main entrance.
Travel via Car:
The cemetery is located just off Avenue Omar Torrijos Herrera between the Panama Canal Railway Company Train Station and Ciudad Del Saber (formerly Fort Clayton). Turn right on Calle Rufina Alfaro at the Crossroads Bible Church and proceed about a half mile to the cemetery, which is located on the left side of the road.
Travel via Airplane:
Panama City is about seven miles from the cemetery.
Travel via Public Transportation:
Taxi and bus service are available from Panama City.
News & Events
During Memorial Day weekend ABMC sites will pay tribute to the more than 218,000 individuals commemorated at these overseas cemeteries.
More than 500,000 Americans lost their lives in World War I and World War II defending democracy on soil and water far from the United States. The sacrifice of these men and women will be honored during ceremonies at America’s military cemeteries overseas, where more than 200,000 of these individuals are buried and memorialized.
Memorial Day–the federal holiday in which we honor our veterans and remember those who died while in the armed services–originated in the aftermath of the Civil War.