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Near Gustine/Santa Nella in Merced County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery

 
 
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2010
1. San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery Marker
Inscription. This cemetery is dedicated to the memory of all the patriotic men and women who answered their country’s call to service. Their inspiring contribution will help preserve in the hearts and lives of all Americans the spirit of patriotism, the love of country, and the willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
George Bush
President of the United States
Edward J. Derwinski
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Allen B. Clark
Director of the National Cemetery System

 
Erected 1992.
 
Location. 37° 6.878′ N, 121° 4.732′ W. Marker is near Gustine/Santa Nella, California, in Merced County. Marker is on West McCabe Road. Touch for map. Marker is mounted on the wall of the Administration Building. The location of the cemetery and the California Korean War Memorial are well marked on both south and north bound I-5. Marker is at or near this postal address: 32053 West McCabe Road, Gustine CA 95322, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Marine Division – FMF (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Submariners Memorial
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2010
2. San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery Marker
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pacheco Pass (approx. 2.6 miles away); 1843 - Rancho de San Luis Gonzaga - 1931 (approx. 8.7 miles away); The Old Adobe of Rancho San Luis Gonzaga (approx. 8.7 miles away); Men of Gustine War Memorial (approx. 10.7 miles away); Enterprise School (approx. 10.7 miles away); Gustine Museum (approx. 10.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gustine/Santa Nella.
 
Regarding San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery. The creation of San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery is the sixth in the state and 114th in the National Cemetery Administration.

The Romero Ranch Company donated the land for the cemetery to the Department of Veterans Affairs on Feb. 3, 1989. Construction of the 105-acre first phase began July 15, 1990. The water-pumping station on the California Aqueduct, the last element of construction, was completed in May 1992. The first phase yielded about 15,000 gravesites and 8,000 in-ground cremation sites.
 
Additional keywords.
AMVETS Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2010
3. AMVETS Dedication Plaque
[This plaque is mounted next to the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery Marker]

AMVETS Department of California Service Foundation
and
AMVETS National Service Foundation
Dedicated this memorial carillon
as a living memorial
to America’s Veterans
who served their country honorably
for the cause of freedon

San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
Gustine, California
November 21, 1998

“…as these bells ring…honored
dead rest…freedom lives…”
National Cemeteries
 
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The Airborne Soldier image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2010
4. The Airborne Soldier
[Statue is located across the drive from the Administration Building.]
Plaque reads:
Dedicated to
"The Airborne Soldier"
These men have served America with unsurpassed
courage and honor, both in war and peace, since
the beginning of World War II, for many this
hallowed ground is their final resting place.
The Airborne Soldier and the Cemetery Flagpole image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2010
5. The Airborne Soldier and the Cemetery Flagpole
The 11th Airborne Memorial is a granite and bronze monument that was dedicated on May 11, 2002, in honor of all airborne soldiers. The sculptor was William Porteus, a member of the 511th unit.
Memorial Garden As Viewed from the Administration Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2010
6. Memorial Garden As Viewed from the Administration Building
The Bivouac of the Dead image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2010
7. The Bivouac of the Dead
[Plaque is located on the Memorial Path]

From The Bivouac of the Dead
By Theodore O'Hara
The muffled drum's sad roll has beat
The soldier's last tattoo;
No more on life's parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
On Fame's eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards, with solumn round,
The bivouac of the dead.
Along The Memorial Path image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2010
8. Along The Memorial Path
Along The Memorial Path image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2010
9. Along The Memorial Path
Entrance to the Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2010
10. Entrance to the Cemetery
Blue Star Memorial Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2010
11. Blue Star Memorial Plaque
[Located on the entrance drive]

Blue Star
Memorial

A tribute to the Armed Forces
that have defended the
United States of America
Sponsored by
Yosemite Gateway District
California Garden Clubs, Inc.
In cooperation with
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 861 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on December 5, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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