National Cemetery Administration
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed federal holidays except Memorial Day.
Visitation Hours: Open daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This cemetery has space available to accommodate casketed and cremated remains.
From San Jose Airport, drive south on 101 then East on State Route 152 (toward Los Banos). As you drive over Pacheco Pass go left on State Highway 33. Drive about three and a half miles on Highway 33 then turn left on McCabe Road. Travel four miles. The cemetery will be at the end of the road.
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.
A small mini-museum is located in the Administrative office. Items include swords from World War II, statues of a veteran at the Vietnam wall, changing of the guard at Arlington's tomb of the Unknown Soldier and an airborne pilot, among others. Medals and uniforms are also on display, along with patches of many units. A flipper-flasher holds posters covering World War II and the Korean War.
Military Funeral Honors
There are several organizations, both military and service organizations, that provide a funeral honors detail for services. Those providing the honors details are primarily VFW groups, as well as American Legion, Lemoore Naval details (two days) and the California State National Guard from Fresno, Calif. Or your can request military funeral honors through your funeral home from the Department of Defense.
Fresh and artificial floral displays may be placed on the graves at any time. Floral containers are available throughout the cemetery.
Floral displays will be removed when they become faded and unsightly or as necessary to facilitate cemetery operations. All items will be removed bi-weekly. The pick up schedule is posted at traffic circle at the end of Tres Cerritos Boulevard.
Plantings are not permitted on the graves at any time.
Easter and Memorial Day: Small potted plants are permitted on graves five days before through five days after the holiday.
Christmas Season: Christmas wreaths or grave blankets are permitted on the graves and will be removed no later than Jan. 15 of each year. Grave floral blankets may not be larger than two by three feet.
To maintain the dignity of the cemetery, commemorative items, flags, balloons, pinwheels, glass or breakable items, votive lights, statues, shepherd’s hooks, etc., are not allowed. Cemetery staff will remove non-floral items immediately. Items appearing to be of sentimental or keepsake value will be retained for one month before disposal.
No item or object may be attached to a headstone or marker in a national cemetery.
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.
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.
Monuments and Memorials
The California Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated Aug. 1, 1998. The memorial is a composition of 16 individual granite five-foot monoliths arranged to form a circle. Each monolith contains the names of 2,495 Californians who gave their life fighting in the Korean War. The memorial was sponsored by a number of veteran service organizations, individuals and corporations.
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.
Medal of Honor Recipients
Seaman William Troy, (Korean Campaign), U.S. Navy. On board the USS Colorado during the capture of the Korean forts, June 11, 1871 (Section M-1, Grave 53).