Edit ModuleShow Tags

Inside the Icon: Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

In honor of Veterans Day, November 11, we pay tribute to their final resting place in Point Loma.


Photography by Ruthanne Annaloro

Visit the Icon

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, 92106

Heroes in History

Fort Rosecrans is located on the site of the Battle of San Pasqual in the Mexican–American War of 1846, in which 19 of Brigadier General Stephen W. Kearny’s men lost their lives.

Landscape Laws

While fresh flowers may be placed at gravesites, potted plants are only permitted during the five days before to five days after Easter and Christmas Day.

Landmark Territory

Located on more than 77 acres of land, it was named a California Historical Landmark in 1932.

Team Effort

There are a total of 21  employees between Fort Rosecrans and Miramar national cemeteries. Volunteers clean the gravestones throughout the year and assist with the annual Memorial Day and Wreaths Across America ceremonies. 

Family Matters

The burial benefit at Fort Rosecrans is extended to eligible veterans and their spouses and children. All share one gravesite or may have two adjoining sites.

By the Numbers

As of August 2014, there are 112,408 interments in a total of 86,769 gravesites.

Men of Honor

Many notable servicemembers are interred at Fort Rosecrans, including Major Reuben H. Fleet, World War I aviator, whose name adorns the Balboa Park science museum; and Major General Joseph H. Pendleton, for whom Camp Pendleton is named.

Closed for Now

The cemetery is currently closed to new interments, except for the burials of eligible veterans and their family members in existing gravesites.

A Naval Movement

Initially named Bennington National Cemetery, the site was renamed Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in 1934. A monument within the cemetery marks the deaths of 62 sailors in a boiler explosion aboard the USS Bennington in 1905.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

Neighborhood Guide: South Park

Where to eat, drink, and play in the quaint Balboa Park-adjacent enclave

San Diego Neighborhood Guide: Encinitas

Where to eat, drink, and play in the North County locale

San Diego Neighborhood Guide: College Area

Spreading from SDSU to El Cerrito and Rolando, the enclave has global dining, third-wave coffee, and more
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Win a Trip for Two to Yellowstone Country Montana
    Win a trip for two to Bozeman, Montana including roundtrip airfare and lodging
  2. Sushi’s Next Gen Is Here at Himitsu
    In La Jolla, a Sushi Ota protégé sticks to an age-old tradition of quality
  3. 10 Hot Plates: San Diego's Top Food News in October
    The latest restaurant rumors, openings, and coming-soons
  4. San Diego Events Calendar: October 2018
    How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
  5. San Diego's Top Doctors 2018
    Our annual list of 717 physicians in 88 specialties, plus five physicians open up about the emotional burdens of their fields
  6. San Diego Magazine's Travel Awards 2019
    Cast your vote now for your favorite hotels, travel companies, and attractions
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Vote Now for Your Orangetheory Winner!

Winners will be announced at our Sweat event on May 12

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags


Win Tickets to the 41st Annual SDCCU Holiday Bowl

This year’s Utah vs. Northwestern match-up marks the Holiday Bowl’s second straight paring of teams that are ranked nationally in the top 25

Winter is Waiting in Montana’s Yellowstone Country

Win a trip for two that includes roundtrip airfare from Long Beach and a stay at the Element by Westin in Bozeman, Montana
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags