Medal of Honor Recipients
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Recipients receive the Medal of Honor from the president on behalf of Congress. It was first awarded during the Civil War and eligibility criteria for the Medal of Honor have changed over time.
Recipients buried or memorialized here:
Major Edward A. Bennett (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company B, 358th Infantry, 90th Infantry Division, for actions near Heckhuscheid, Germany, February 1945. Bennett died in 1983 and is buried in Section 2B, Site 1071-A.
Master Sergeant Vito R. Bertoldo (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company A, 242nd Infantry, 42nd Infantry Division, for actions near Hatten, France, January 9–10, 1945. Bertoldo died in 1966 and is buried in Section C, Site 52-A.
Lieutenant John Joseph Clausey. He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Navy on board the U.S.S. Bennington for extraordinary heroism when a boiler exploded on the vessel at San Diego, CA, July 21, 1905. Clausey died in 1951 and is buried in Section C, Site 121-B.
Corporal John O. Dahlgren (Boxer Rebellion). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for actions during the battle of Peking, China, June 20–July 16, 1900. Dahlgren died in 1963 and is buried in Section Z, Site 1950.
First Lieutenant John Francis DeSwan (Spanish-American War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company H, 21st U.S. Infantry, for actions at Santiago, Cuba, July 1, 1898. DeSwan died in 1956 and is buried in Section R, Site 195-A.
First Sergeant Mosheim Feaster (Indian Wars). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company E, 7th U.S. Cavalry, for actions at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota, December 29, 1890. Feaster died in 1950 and is buried in Section O, Site 319.
Sergeant Paul H. Foster (Vietnam). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, in recognition of heroism and unhesitating self-sacrifice that saved his comrades from further injury near Con Thien, Republic of Vietnam, October 14, 1967. Foster is buried in Section V, Site 4764.
Sergeant Edward H. Gibson (Philippine Insurrection). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company M, 27th Infantry, for actions at San Mateo, Philippine Islands, December 19, 1899. Gibson died in 1942 and is buried in Section L, Site 7791.
Private First Class Harold Gonsalves (World War II). Harold Gonsalves of California enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 and 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 using his body. He received the Medal of Honor on June 19, 1946, posthumously and is buried in Section B, Site 61.
Captain Nelson M. Holderman (World War I). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, 307th Infantry, 77th Division, for actions northeast of Binarville, in the forest of Argonne, France, October 2–8, 1918. Holderman died in 1953 and is buried in Section R, Site 17.
Lieutenant William R. Huber. He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Navy for actions after a boiler accident on board the USS Bruce, then at the Naval Shipyard in Norfolk, VA, June 11, 1928. Huber died in 1982 and is buried in Section 2B, Site 4085.
Boatswain's Mate First Class Reinhardt J. Keppler (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service in the U.S. Navy on board the USS San Francisco in the Solomon Islands, recognition of actions during a battle off Savo Island, November 12–13, 1942. Keppler is buried in Section C, Site 379.
Major Charles J. Liteky (Vietnam). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company A, 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade, for actions near Phuoc-Lac, Bien Hoa Province, Republic of Vietnam, December 6, 1967. His citation was awarded under the name of Angelo J. Liteky, issued in 1969. He left his medal at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, in protest of U.S. policies in Central America. Liteky died in 2017 and is buried with his wife Judy (1942–2016) in Section CF, Site 362.
Seaman Hugh Patrick Mullin. He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Navy on board the USS Texas for the rescue of a shipmate from drowning while the vessel was in Hampton Roads, VA, November 11, 1899. Mullin died in 1948 and is buried in Section A, Site 294.
Private First Class Stuart S. Stryker (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service in the U.S. Army, Company E, 513th Parachute Infantry, 17th Airborne Division, in recognition of intrepidity and unhesitating self-sacrifice near Wesel, Germany, March 24, 1945. Stryker is buried in Section B, Site 719.
Corporal Robert H. Young (Korea). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service in the U.S. Army, Company E., 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, in recognition of instinctive leadership that influenced the conduct of his company and its success north of Kaesong, Korea, October 9, 1950. Young died in November and is buried in Section O, Site 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 Section CB, Site 618.
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, Site 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, Site 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, Site 5307).
Robert Bradford Marshall was born May 22, 1867, in Amelia County, Virginia. He entered the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as a topographer in 1889, became Geographer of the Pacific in 1907, and Chief Geographer USGS in 1910. Marshall became a close friend of conservationist John Muir and he mapped Yosemite National Park and many of the high peaks of the Sierras. He was appointed Superintendent of National Parks in 1915 (the second, and last, to hold this position before the establishment of the National Park Service and position of Director) until resuming the role of Chief Geographer in 1917. From February 1917 through March 1919, he served as a lieutenant colonel in the Office of the Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army. In this office he was responsible for all military mapmaking done by the USGS. Marshall resigned from the government in 1919 and devoted himself to developing the "Marshall Plan of Irrigation and Water Control of the Central Valley of California"—a plan to store the rainwater of southern California. Marshall battled for nearly three decades to prove his plan was feasible. He retired in 1937. He died June 21, 1949, just before the completion of the Shasta Dam, one of the key features of his Central Valley Project (Section G, Site 2147-B).
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, Row C-1, Site 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, 27 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 (Sections H and L).