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Oak Ridge Cemetery

North Lee Avenue and Livingston Street
Arcadia, Florida
DeSoto County

This site is located in the Southwest region of the state.


To reach the Oak Ridge Cemetery, travel north on Lee Avenue from SR 70 in Arcadia. The entrance to the cemetery is at the intersection of Lee Avenue and Livingston Street.

In the process of training Royal Air Force cadets to fly at the Riddle schools in Arcadia and Clewiston, twenty-three men were killed. Of that number, two died at Carlstrom Field in Arcadia and the remainder while at the Riddle Field site near Clewiston. These young men, with their instructor John Paul Riddle, are now buried in a specially designated area of the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia. Located in the southwest area of the cemetery, these graves are set off by a 30’ x 100’ raised curb and the presence of the British Union Jack on a pole nearby.

The Arcadia Rotary Club conducts annual commemorative services on Memorial Day to honor these brave men and their instructor