Fort Rosecrans Travel Guide

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  • Office and Information Kiosk

    The photo shows the view from the Office and Information Kiosk looking towards the east. Across the street--Catalina Blvd./CA. Highway 209--you'll see the site for burial services.When the office has closed, general information can be obtained from the Kiosk which stays open during visiting hours. Simply type in the name of the service man or woman...

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  • Enter By Walking, By Car Or Bicycle

    The public may enter when these gates are open. There are no guided tours, so I will try to give you a sense of the place. To the right there is a plaque, beyond the plaque there are restrooms--American for toilets. Straight ahead is the area where Military Burial Services are held and if you come during such service, be sure to behave...

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  • The Bivouac of the Dead!

    Bivouac is a temporary encampment, often in an unsheltered area and this poem was written in tribute to those who gave their lives for this country. This plaque is located just to right of the gated entrance on the east side. The position of the plaque is inconspicuous and I point it out for any who have had a loved one die while serving their...

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  • For Your Convenience

    This may seem an unusual tip, but in this area it can be very useful.Just to the right of the east gate entrance you will find the restrooms. They are primative, but serviceable and though there is no glass in the window, the view is lovely.These toilets are open to the public so, if the need arises feel free to use them.

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  • Full of San Diego's History Too!

    On the left side of the east entrance gate the older part of the cemetery is located. The most notable aspect of this section is the various sized and shaped headstones. Quite different from the regimented headstones seen throughout the cemetery and many of these are not actually headstones but rather monuments honoring those who died fighting...

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  • The Battle of San Pasqual

    Here at Fort Rosecrans a boulder from the San Pasqual battle field was placed to memorialize the dead from both sides of this battle.Out by the San Diego Wild Animal Park is the San Pasqual Valley where a decisive battle was fought on 6 December 1846, to win California from Mexico. The American Army officer, S.W. Kearny, a hundred and twenty of his...

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  • U.S.S. Bennington Memorial!

    This is California State Historic Landmark 55, commemorating over half of the ships crew, 102 men, who were injured or killed on the U.S.S. Bennington in a horrific boiler explosion while anchored in San Diego's harbor. Sixty-two sailors, of the 102 who were effected by the blast, were killed or died soon after the event that took place on 21 July...

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  • The Cemetery!

    Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is under the authority of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and would be interesting to anyone who has had a loved one die in the U.S. Military, to anyone who is a war history buff and to those who like a spectacular view.The cemetery straddles Catalina Bouldevard just before reaching the Cabrillo National...

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  • The U.S. Mormon Battalion!

    This is not the only monument to the U.S. Mormon Battalion in the city and county of San Diego. Out in Anza-Borrego Desert there is a marker commemorating this brave group of people who marched 2,000 miles, the longest march in military history, to help the U.S. Army fight in the Mexican - American War. They arrived in San Diego January 1847. In...

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  • Gettysburgs National Cemetery Address...

    This beautiful monument reads:The address by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863."Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Now we are engaged in...

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  • Ca. Historical Marker No. 55 Fort...

    The plaque reads: NO. 55 FORT ROSECRANS NATIONAL CEMETERY - A burial ground before 1847, this graveyard became an Army post cemetery in the 1860s. It is the final resting place for most who fell at San Pasqual in 1846, and for the USS Bennington victims of 1905. It became Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in 1934 and was placed under the Veterans...

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  • USS Wasp (CV-7) Monument

    The eighth USS Wasp (CV-7) was a United States Navy aircraft carrier that found her demise around 2:44 when three B1 Type Japanese submarine torpedoes where spotted heading three points forward of the starboard beam, although six were fired, three sadly hit her gasoline tanks and magazines area. The Bravery of her crew is carried on in memory and...

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  • USS Ommaney Bay (CVE–79) Monument

    USS Ommaney Bay (CVE–79) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier of the United States Navy, named for Ommaney Bay, Alaska. She left on New Year's Day 1945, two days later while in the Sulu Sea a Japanese suicide plane nicked her island then crashed her starboard side. Two bombs were released; penetrated the flight deck and below, setting off a series...

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  • USS St. Lo (CVE–63) Monument

    USS St. Lo (CVE–63) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier of the United States Navy during World War II. On October 25, 1944 St. Lo became the first major warship to sink as the result of a kamikaze attack. Around 1047 a battle began when an air attack by the Shikishima Special Attack Unit in the Gulf of Leyte. A plane flown by Lt. Yukio Seki...

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  • USS Bennington (PG-4) Monument

    USS Bennington (PG-4) Monument commemorates the deaths of 62 souls in a boiler explosion on July 21, 1905. The ship had just returned from maneuvers in the Pacific, was anchored in San Diego Harbor. The crew was ordered to depart in search for Wyoming (BM-10), which had lost a propeller at sea. Around 10:30 a.m., an explosion in the boiler room...

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Fort Rosecrans Restaurants

  • The Jennings House

    Originally I went to this location of the Living Room Coffehouse; Bistro and European Pastries because the building was one of San Diego's oldest. Frank Jennings built his home in 1886 and from his living room he could see the Bay of San Diego. That was long before Point Loma grew and now the view is obsured unless you go up stairs.Since 1998 the...

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  • Good Mexican Food!

    Miguel's Cocina is about four miles down the hill from Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, at Shelter Island. It is the second, out of seven locations, of Miguel's Cocina opened originally in Coronado and the food is very good. They have a terrace patio and three cozy dining rooms to choose from. After exploring the Point Loma penninsula and not...

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Fort Rosecrans Nightlife

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    Overlooking the Pacific Ocean

    by lmkluque Updated Oct 2, 2012

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    There is no nightlife at Fort Rosecrans. The gates close at 5:00 p.m. and since Fort Rosecrans is a Military Reservation it is only military personnel who can stay beyond that time.

    The shame of it is that the view of the the setting sun from this stand point can be beautiful and awe inspiring.

    If it is sunset views that interest you, go down to Sunset Cliffs Park on the westside or to Shelter Island on the eastside of Catalina Boulevard and you shouldn't be disappointed. At Shelter Island you'll also find a great many places to spend an interesting evening or if you'd rather something more lively try Ocean Beach.

    Dress Code: The dress code at most places in Shelter Island will be casual to stylish. In Ocean Beach, dress as you like and at the park, be sure to bring a jacket as the ocean winds get pretty chilly when the sun goes down.

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Fort Rosecrans Local Customs

  • Twenty-One Gun Salute

    To Honor A Fine Sailor: 21 September 1989.This scene is most commonly seen in movies. A President or very high ranking officer may have a volley shot from 21 actual guns, however, the average serviceman has 7 guns shooting off three rounds, which equal 21. The sound is loud and the punctuation is strong.Click here, if you are interested in the...

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  • POW / MIA Flag!

    This flag serves as a symbol of our desire to remember and to keep looking for loved ones who are Prisoners Of War or Missing In Action. The idea for the creation of this flag originated in 1971 to remind us of the vast numbers of military personnel who had not been accounted for in Southeast Asia. Over the years since then this flag has gained...

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  • Procession Of Flag And Ashes

    Many times I have visited this cemetery and the only time I've actually seen a funeral service is when we buried my dad. However the gates remained open for other visitors and as long as you behaved in a respectful manner, there would be no problem for you to continue on with your visit.Update: I have now seen several funerals while visiting and it...

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Fort Rosecrans Warnings and Dangers

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    View On The Westside Of Catalina Boulevard

    by lmkluque Updated Oct 3, 2012

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    This is an obscure warning and most likely unnecessary, but one that you should be aware of. Though Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is open to the public, the land was ceded to the United States by the state of California and therefore, when you enter the area you are no longer in the state of California and the laws may be different here.

    This fact shouldn't be unsettling, just keep in mind that the rules may be a bit different.

    Most of all know that the gates close about 5:00 pm and you should leave before they do or you'll have to spend the night up here. No, not really. I'm sure that if a tourist miss judged their time that the U.S. Navy will let you out.

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Fort Rosecrans Off The Beaten Path

  • Light House At Cabrillo N M!

    It is more likely that you would come upon Fort Rosecrans on your way to Cabrillo National Monument, and for more information have a look at my Cabrillo National Mounment page.However, if your original destination is the cemetery, you may include a visit to Cabrillo National Monument and the Old Point Loma Lighthouse for more San Diego history and...

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  • Take The Side Road To The Tide Pools!

    Another side trip from Fort Rosecrans is just past the cememtery and down the hill from the road. You'll find the operational lighthouse and the tide pools. At low tides it is fun to climb down the near-by cliff path and check out the tide pools.Until recently the road to the new lighthouse and tidepool was free. However, this past year the toll...

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  • The Views Are Calming!

    Catalina Boulevard is the road to take to get to Fort Rosecrans, the Tide Pools and Cabrillo National Monument.On the way to Cabrillo Monument this cemetery, which lies on both sides of Catalina Blvd., is passed. Drive through, if only for the panorama. The west side of the road, the views are of the Pacific Ocean and on the east side of the road...

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  • On A Clear Day...!

    This is a southeast view from the cemetery and if the day were a clear one, the Hotel Del Coronado could be seen. There are various vantage points to view the city and areas as far south as Tijuana.The second photo shows a view of Fort Rosecrans and Cabrillo N.M. from the SD Bay. Beyond the point is the Pacific Ocean. One of my favorite things to...

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  • Feburary 22, 1967 Sect. 3 Plaque

    Located to left of the entrance this plaque reads: An Act to establish and to protect National Cemeteries approved February 22, 1867 Section 3. "And be it further enacted, That any person who shall willfully destroy, mutilate, deface, injure, or remove any monument, gravestone, or other structure, or shall willfully destroy, cut, break, injure, or...

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