Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Fred and Betty (Carringer) Seaver

I finally got up to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery to take some pictures of my parents gravestone. It was a beautiful day (75 F, no wind, clear skies, view unlimited) and very quiet in the cemetery on top of Point Loma.

Here is my parents gravestone. They were both cremated and placed along the side of the road after Fort Rosecrans closed in-ground burials.

My father, Frederick Walton Seaver, served as a Mailman 3rd Class aboard the USS Halford during World War II.

Their gravestone lies alongside the road heading south from the cemetery office on the west side of Catalina Blvd (which leads south to the Cabrillo National Monument). It is the first stone just south of the tree in the picture below (picture looks north - I am really grateful for this placement - it is very easy to find!).

Looking south from their gravestone, you get some idea of the extent of the cemetery and the scenery (that's the Pacific Ocean in the background - next land in this direction is Antartica):

Looking to the east, there is another section of the cemetery - the trees mark Catalina Blvd (there are more graves beyond the road):

Looking to the West, you can see the extent of the section, with the Pacific Ocean in the background (next stop west is Japan).

Nearly all of the gravestones - both free-standing and in-ground - at this cemetery are "standard issue" - name, rank, service, birth date, death date - similar to those shown in the pictures above. All in a row, row after row. About 96,000 of them.

There are a few interesting tombstones in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - I will post some of them over time on the South San Diego County Graveyard Rabbit blog.

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