National Cemetery Administration
Golden Gate National Cemetery
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed federal holidays except Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Visitation Hours: Monday thru Friday: Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Weekends: Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Golden Gate National Cemetery is closed to new interments. The only interments that are being accepted are subsequent interments for veterans or eligible family members in an existing gravesite. Periodically however, burial space may become available due to disinterment from an existing gravesite or for other reasons. If burial space is available at the time of request, the cemetery will assign such gravesites to other eligible Veterans or family members. Since there is no way to know in advance when a gravesite may become available, please contact the cemetery at the time of need to inquire whether space is available.
Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A Veteran’s spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial. For more information visit our eligibility web page.
Cemetery is located in the North end section of San Bruno. From San Francisco International Airport, proceed North on Highway 101 to San Bruno 380 exit and proceed to El Camino Real North. Turn right on El Camino Real; then left on Sneath Lane. The cemetery is on your right.
Fax all discharge documentation to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-866-900-6417 and follow-up with a phone call to 1-800-535-1117.
Cemetery policies are conspicuously posted and readily visible to the public.
Floral arrangements accompanying the casket or urn at the time of burial will be placed on the completed grave. Natural cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time of the year. They will be removed when they become unsightly or when it becomes necessary to facilitate cemetery operations such as mowing.
Artificial flowers and potted plants will be permitted on graves during periods when their presence will not interfere with grounds maintenance. As a general rule, artificial flowers and potted plants will be allowed on graves for a period extending 10 days before through 10 days after Easter Sunday and Memorial Day.
Christmas wreaths, grave blankets and other seasonal adornments may be placed on graves from Dec. 1 through Jan. 20. They may not be secured to headstones or markers.
Permanent planting, statues, vigil lights, breakable objects and similar items are not permitted on the graves. The Department of Veterans Affairs does not permit adornments that are considered offensive, inconsistent with the dignity of the cemetery or considered hazardous to cemetery personnel. For example, items incorporating beads or wires may become entangled in mowers or other equipment and cause injury.
Any items of value should be removed prior to this date. Please keep in mind that glass containers are not allowed on cemetery grounds.
Permanent items removed from graves will be placed in an inconspicuous holding area for one month prior to disposal. Decorative items removed from graves remain the property of the donor but are under the custodianship of the cemetery. If not retrieved by donor, they are then governed by the rules for disposal of federal property.
VA regulations 38 CFR 1.218 prohibit the carrying of firearms (either openly or concealed), explosives or other dangerous or deadly weapons while on VA property, except for official purposes, such as military funeral honors. Possession of firearms on any property under the charge and control of VA is prohibited. Offenders may be subject to a fine, removal from the premises, or arrest.
Golden Gate National Cemetery is located in the city of San Bruno, San Mateo County, 12 miles 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 that city’s Presidio, in view of the Golden Gate Bridge. About 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 U.S. Supreme Court justice) 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.
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 acres since 1941.
Medal of Honor Recipients
Corporal Edward A. Bennett (World War II), U.S. Army, Company B, 358th Infantry, 90th Infantry Division. Heckhuscheid, Germany, Feb. 1, 1945 (Section 2B, Grave 1071-A).
Master Sergeant Vito R. Bertoldo (World War II), U.S. Army, Company A, 242nd Infantry, 42nd Infantry Division. Hatten, France, Jan. 9-10, 1945 (Section C, Grave 52-A).
Chief Gunner’s Mate John Joseph Clausey U.S. Navy. On board the U.S.S. Bennington, July 21, 1905 (Section C, Grave 121-B).
Corporal John O. Dahlgren (Boxer Rebellion), U.S. Marine Corps. Peking, China, June 20 – July 16, 1900 (Section Z, Grave 1950).
Private John Francis DeSwan (Spanish-American War), Company H, 21st U.S. Infantry. Santiago, Cuba, July 1, 1898 (Section R, Grave 195-A).
Private Mosheim Feaster (Indian War Campaigns), Company E, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Wounded Knee Creek, S.D., Dec. 29, 1890 (Section O, Grave 319).
Sergeant Paul H. Foster (Vietnam War), U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. Near Con Thien, Republic of Vietnam, Oct. 14, 1967 (Section V, Grave 4764).
Sergeant Edward H. Gibson (Philippine Insurrection), Company M, 27th Infantry, U.S. Volunteers. San Mateo, Philippine Islands, Dec. 19, 1899 (Section L, Grave 7791).
Harold Gonsalves of California enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 during World War II. PFC Gonsalves served with the 4th Battalion, 15th Marines, 6th Marine Division. On April 15, 1945, in the Ryukyu Chain, Japan, Gonsalves gave his life to protect fellow marines from a grenade blast by absorbing it with his body. He received the Medal of Honor on June 19, 1946 (Section B, Grave 61).
Captain Nelson M. Holderman (World War I), U.S. Army, 307th Infantry, 77th Division. Argonne, France, Oct. 2-8, 1918 (Section R, Grave 17).
Machinist’s Mate William R. Huber, U.S. Navy. On board the U.S.S. Bruce, June 11, 1928 (Section 2B, Grave 4085).
Boatswain’s Mate First Class Reinhardt J. Keppler (World War II), U.S. Navy. On board the U.S.S. San Francisco, Nov. 12 – 13, 1942 (Section C, Grave 379).
Seaman Hugh Patrick Mullin (Philippine Insurrection), U.S. Navy. On board the U.S.S. Texas, Nov. 11, 1899 (Section A-2, Grave 294).
Private First Class Stuart S. Stryker (World War II), U.S. Army, Company E, 513th Parachute Infantry, 17th Airborne Division. Near Wesel, Germany, March 24, 1945 (Section B, Grave 719).
Private First Class Robert H. Young (Korean War), U.S. Army, Company E., 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. North Of Kaesong, Korea, Oct. 9, 1950 (Section O, Grave 8).
One of America’s most valiant naval officers—Adm. Chester W. Nimitz— is buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery. A number of distinguished officers who served under him are also buried here. The 44 German and Italian prisoners-of-war interred here were captured in North Africa after the collapse of the German Afrika Corps under the command of Lt. Gen. 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. Additionally, 24 African-American sailors who perished while loading Liberty ships in the Port Chicago incident on July 17, 1944, and whose remains were subsequently unidentifiable, are buried as Unknowns in Section P.