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San Francisco National Cemetery

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
1. San Francisco National Cemetery Marker
Inscription. “Let it be your greatest joy to teach my child that I was one who loved my country more than life. It is the only legacy I can bequeath to him, but it is one that a prince might well be proud of.” — From the diary of an American Soldier Killed in Battle.

Formerly the post burial ground, in 1884 this site was designated a National Cemetery—the first on the West Coast. It is a burial place for veterans of all wars, including hundreds disinterred from abandoned Western military posts and battlefields, and thousands from the Pacific Theater of World War II.

In all, nearly 30,000 soldiers and their family members are buried here. the cemetery was closed to burials in 1992.
 
Location. 37° 48.066′ N, 122° 27.712′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Lincoln Boulevard, San Francisco CA 94129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S.S. Oregon Marine Corps Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Military Intelligence Service Language School (about 700 feet away); Montgomery Street Barracks (approx. 0.2 miles
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By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
2. San Francisco National Cemetery
The marker is located just inside the gate on the left side of the driveway.
away); Music in the Military: Presidio Band Barracks (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Ordo˝ez Gun (approx. ╝ mile away); War in the Philippines (approx. ╝ mile away); North West Corner of Original Presidio (approx. ╝ mile away); Presidio of San Francisco (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
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Major General Irvin McDowell<br> Some notable Americans buried here image. Click for more information.
By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
3. Major General Irvin McDowell
Some notable Americans buried here
Major General Irvin McDowell, commander of the Union forces at the First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) in 1861; later he commanded all army posts along the Pacific Coast.
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Brigadier General Frederick Funston<br> Some notable Americans buried here image. Click for more information.
By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
4. Brigadier General Frederick Funston
Some notable Americans buried here
Brigadier General Frederick Funston, awarded the Medal of Honor in 1901 for his bravery in the Philippines. He directed Army relief efforts in San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake.
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Private William H. Thompkins<br> Some notable Americans buried here image. Click for more information.
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5. Private William H. Thompkins
Some notable Americans buried here
Private William H. Thompkins, on of 177 members of the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry buried here. U.S. In the 1860s these African American horsemen were given the name “Buffalo Soldiers” by their American Indian foes, who respected their bravery in battle. Thompkins won a Medal of Honor for service in Cuba in 1898.
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Pauline Cushman Fryer<br> Some notable Americans buried here image. Click for more information.
By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
6. Pauline Cushman Fryer
Some notable Americans buried here
Pauline Cushman Fryer, one of the most famous Union spies of the Civil War. Though buried with military honors as a brevet major by the Army, here tombstone simply reads “Pauline Cushman Fryer, Union Spy.”
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Station #17 — San Francisco National Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
7. Station #17 — San Francisco National Cemetery
Private John Brown, Company H, 2nd Infantry, was the first person to be buried in the Presidio cemetery on July 23, 1852. Today there are over 24,000 graves, including a female Union spy, General Frederick Funston of 1906 Earthquake fame, and an Indian scout, “Two Bits”, who served in the U.S. Army during the Indian campaigns following the Civil War. Donated by the Presidio Society.
San Francisco National Cemetery Office image. Click for full size.
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8. San Francisco National Cemetery Office
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9. Gate Post
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10. San Francisco National Cemetery
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By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
11. San Francisco National Cemetery
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By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
12. San Francisco National Cemetery
 
 
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