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).
First Lieutenant Aurelious P. Alberga was one of the first black Army officers in World War I. He trained at Fort Des Moines, IA, the only facility for black officers. He was acting captain of Company A, 365th Infantry, responsible for the organization of recreational activities for his barracks. Following the war he helped establish the Booker T. Washington Community Center in San Francisco, aimed at improving the lives of African American youth in the city, and helped found the Northern California branch of the NAACP. Alberga died September 22, 1988, and is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery.
Andrew Calleditto, a native of New Mexico, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on October 30, 1942. PFC Calleditto was a Navajo Code Talker in the Pacific Theater during World War II and he served through November 24, 1945. In 2001, the Navajo Code Talkers were presented with the Congressional Silver Medal. Calleditto's honor was posthumous. He died August 3, 1946 (Section H, Grave 2074).
David Curley, a native of New Mexico, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on May 5, 1942. PFC Curley was a Navajo Code Talker in the Pacific Theater during World War II and served until March 20, 1945. Curley was one of the twenty-nine original Navajo Code Talkers who developed a secret code devised from the Navajo language to transmit messages for the USMC. He was also among the first of the Navajo Code Talkers to see action. In July 2001, the original Navajo Code Talkers received the Congressional Gold Medal. Curley's honor was posthumous. He died in 1979 (Section 2B, Grave 1734).
John Doolie, a native of New Mexico, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on March 26, 1943. Cpl. Doolie was a Navajo Code Talker in the Pacific Theater during World War II and served until January 1946. In 2001, the Navajo Code Talkers received the Congressional Silver Medal. Doolie's honor was posthumous. He died on December 31, 1947 (Section I, Grave 5307).
One of America’s most valiant naval officers—Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz— is buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery. A number of distinguished officers who served under him are also buried here. Nimitz served as a fleet admiral in the U.S. Navy and assumed command of the Pacific Fleet after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, bringing the country into World War II. In 1942 Adm. Nimitz went on the offensive, leading to the decisive Battle of Midway. From there, he led successive campaigns – Guadalcanal, New Guinea – that eventually broke the Japanese hold on the South Pacific. In September 1945 Adm. Nimitz represented the United States during the surrender of Japan on board the USS Missouri. Nimitz died February 20, 1966 (Section C, Grave 1).
The 44 German and Italian prisoners of war interred at Golden Gate National Cemetery were captured in North Africa after the 1943 collapse of the German Africa Corps, led by Lt. Gen. Erwin Rommel. The POWs were housed at Camp Beale and Camp Cook in California, and Camp Rupert in Idaho. They were originally buried at their respective post cemeteries. When the posts closed, the POWs were re-interred at Golden Gate (Section E).
In addition, 24 African-American sailors who perished as a result of an explosion while loading Liberty ships at Port Chicago, California, on July 17, 1944, are buried here. Their remains were unidentifiable, so they are buried as unknowns (Section P).