San Diego in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
USS Gambier Bay CVE 73 and Composite Squadron VC-10
United States Navy
—In Memory of the Men Lost in Action —
Eternal God who alone spreads out the heavens and rules the raging seas, may this memorial bring continued remembrance to the one hundred and thirty seven men who died defending their country in time of danger, and whose bodies found their last resting place in the waters of the Pacific. May it call to mind that they were called by their nation to defend liberty and preserve unity.
We do not what those who died in air and sea battles, often against hopeless odds, to have died in vain. They died tha war would end, an aggressor would be stopped, that peace would come to make the world safe for their families and generatopms. In the name of our Lord. Amen.
Saipan • Guam • Palaus • Philippines
[Map of the Philippines]
Commissioned December 28, 1943
Sunk by cruisers October 25, 1944
U.S.S. Gambier Bay, CVE-73
World War II
[Names and ranks of 120 of the ship's crew who were lost in action]
Composite Squadron, VC-10
[Names and ranks of 18 VC-10 members who were lost in action]
May they rest in peace at the bottom of the sea until the day the sea gives up its dead and we are all together again.
Erected 1996 by The USS Gambier Bay & VC-10 Association.
Location. 32° 41.072′ N, 117° 14.65′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Dr. S. and Cabrillo Memorial Drive, on the right when traveling east on 3rd Dr. S.. Touch for map. The marker is located in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Point Loma. Marker is in this post office area: San Diego CA 92152, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Hoel * USS S. B. Roberts * USS Johnston (a few steps from this marker); Moreton Bay Fig (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Holy Mass Celebrated in California (approx. 0.3 miles away); Post Chapel, Building 213 (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Memory of the Mormon Battalion (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Memory of the Heros of the Battle of San Pasqual (approx. 0.3 miles away); Buque Escuela Juan Sebastian de Elcano (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
More about this marker. Directions to the marker: Follow Catalina Blvd. south to the Fort Rosecrans Military Reservation, north entrance. (Catalina Blvd. becomes Cabrillo Memorial Dr. beyond the entrance.) Proceed approx. 1.25 miles south. The memorial circle is on the left at 3rd Dr. S.
Also see . . .
1. Lost in Action. Website about the Gambier Bay and Composite Squadron VC-10 by The USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73) and Composite Squadron VC10 Inc. (Submitted on June 23, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Memorial Monuments of Task Unit 77.4.3. This site includes videos from the Memorial Service and Monument Dedication held at 10:00 AM on October 24, 1996. (Submitted on June 23, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
3. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. (Submitted on June 23, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Heroes • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels •
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