Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, located on the Point Loma peninsula, became an Army post cemetery in the 1860s.? Some of those who fell in the battle of San Pasqual in 1846 are buried here as are the victims of the USS Bennington explosion in 1905. Veterans of WW I, WW II, Korea, VietNam and now the Gulf wars lie here in neat rows under white headstones marked with crosses or the Star of David.
The area became the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in 1934 and part of the Veterans Administration National Cemetery System in 1973. The cemetery was made California registered historical landmark #55 in 1932.
Situated on the spine of the peninsula, the cemetery has unparalleled views of the city, of the bay and of the Pacific.? It is the last thing sailors see of the mainland USA as they sail out of the bay and many navy veterans' groups have chosen to honor fallen comrades with memorials here for that reason. The cemetery is closed to new casket burials but can still accept cremated remains.