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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. Touch 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
Pauline C Fryer Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 1, 2007
2. Pauline C Fryer Grave Marker
She is buried in San Francisco National Cemetery, Section OS, Row 18, Site 1.
away); Music in the Military: Presidio Band Barracks (approx. ¼ mile away); The Ordoñez Gun (approx. ¼ mile away); War in the Philippines (approx. ¼ mile away); North West Corner of Original Presidio (approx. ¼ mile away); Presidio of San Francisco (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
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Frederick Funston Philippine Insurrection Congressional Medal of Honor grave marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2006
3. Frederick Funston Philippine Insurrection Congressional Medal of Honor grave marker
He is buried in Section OS, Row 68, site 3. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: FUNSTON, FREDERICK • Rank and organization: Colonel, 20th Kansas Volunteer Infantry • Place and date: At Rio Grande de la Pampanga, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 27 April 1899 • Entered service at: Iola, Kans. • Date of issue: 14 February 1900 Citation: Crossed the river on a raft and by his skill and daring enabled the general commanding to carry the enemy's entrenched position on the north bank of the river and to drive him with great loss from the important strategic position of Calumpit. Note, there are 36 Medal of Honor Recipients buried in San Francisco National Cemetery.
William H Tompkins-Spanish-American Congressional Medal of Honor grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2006
4. William H Tompkins-Spanish-American Congressional Medal of Honor grave Marker
He is buried in Section WS, site 1036A. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: THOMPKINS, WILLIAM H. • Rank and organization: Private, Troop G, 10th U.S. Cavalry • Place and date: At Tayabacoa, Cuba, 30 June 1898 • Entered service at: Paterson, N.J. • Date of issue: 23 June 1899 Citation. Voluntarily went ashore in the face of the enemy and aided in the rescue of his wounded comrades; this after several previous attempts at rescue had been frustrated. Note, there are 36 Medal of Honor recipients buried in San Francisco National Cemetery.
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By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
5. San Francisco National Cemetery
The marker is located just inside the gate on the left side of the driveway.
Major General Irvin McDowell<br> Some notable Americans buried here image. Click for more information.
By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
6. 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
7. 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.
By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
8. 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
9. 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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By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
10. 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.
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By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
11. San Francisco National Cemetery Office
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By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
12. Gate Post
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By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
13. San Francisco National Cemetery
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By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
14. San Francisco National Cemetery
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By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2009
15. San Francisco National Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 263 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 18, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   2, 3, 4. submitted on September 5, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on March 18, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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