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Coordinates: 37°38′04″N 122°25′49″W / 37.634558°N 122.43031°W / 37.634558; -122.43031

The main gate
A view out from the center of the cemetery

Golden Gate National Cemetery is a U.S. National Cemetery, located in the city of San Bruno, San Mateo County, 12 miles (19 km) south of San Francisco. Because of the name and location, it is frequently confused with San Francisco National Cemetery, which dates to the 19th century and is in the Presidio of San Francisco, in view of the Golden Gate. Around 1937, San Francisco residents voted to no longer build cemeteries within the city proper and, as a result, the site for the new national cemetery was selected south of the city limits.

Congress authorized construction of the facility in 1937, with the first interments in 1941. The cemetery was officially dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30, 1942. Then-Attorney General Earl Warren (and later Chief Justice of the United States) was keynote speaker at the ceremony. Golden Gate is one of a large number of U.S. Army-planned cemeteries started in the 1930s and completed during the 1940s. They were designed specifically to provide abundant burial opportunities in locations around the nation in cities with very large veteran populations.

As of 2005, the cemetery held 137,435 interments. Over the years, several attempts to expand Golden Gate National Cemetery were met with resistance from local residents, so it has remained at its original 161.5 acres (654,000 m²) since 1941.

Ironically, a number of service members who are buried at the Golden Gate National Cemetery were interned in the stables at the nearby Tanforan Racetrack during the early part of the Japanese American internment.


Monuments and memorials

The American Veterans donated a Schulmerich carillon to the cemetery as part of their worldwide living memorial carillon program. The carillon was dedicated May 30, 1958.

Notable burials


Medal of Honor Recipients

(Dates are of the actions for which they were awarded the Medal of Honor.)

The headstone of John O. Dahlgren
  • Chief Gunner’s Mate John Joseph Clausey U.S. Navy. On board the USS Bennington (PG-4), July 21, 1905 (Section C, Grave 121-B).
  • Seaman Hugh P. Mullin (Philippine-American War), U.S. Navy. On board the USS Texas, November 11, 1899 (Section A-2, Grave 294).

Other burials

Nimitz's headstone
  • Film character actor Percy Kilbride, best known role was as 'Pa Kettle' in the "Ma & Pa Kettle" comedy film series of the 1950's.
  • The 44 German and Italian prisoners-of-war interred here were captured in North Africa after the collapse of the German Afrika Korps under the command of Fieldmarshal Erwin Rommel in 1943. The POWs were housed at Camp Beale and Camp Cook in California and Camp Rupert in Idaho, where they were originally buried at the respective post cemeteries. When the posts closed, the POWs were re-interred at Golden Gate.
  • Leo Ryan, the first member of U.S. Congress to have been killed in the line of duty while serving as a member of that body.

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