Respect and Appreciation for a Neighborhood Treasure

Respect and Appreciation for a Neighborhood Treasure

By Pam Taylor


Over the years, SBRA has brought you news and information vital to our understanding of what goes on at the VA, our neighbor to the east, such as construction proposals, threatened misuse of the grounds, and groundbreaking programs started on the campus. We would also take a moment to remind ourselves of the sacred beauty of the Los Angeles National Cemetery, located across from what is now the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System.


The cemetery was established on Santa Monica ranch lands donated by Senator John P. Jones and Arcadia B. de Baker. It has steadily grown in size since its late 19th century origins (the first interment was in May, 1889, of a Civil War veteran named Abner Prather, a member of the 4th Indiana Infantry). Some of the built features are unusual, including an administration building-chapel (1939-40) built by the Works Progress Administration in a distinctive Spanish Revival style of stucco and tile.


There are 14 Medal of Honor recipients buried here, including Private Charles W. Rundle, who served during the Civil War in Vicksburg, Mississippi (Grave 1-11 in Section 34), and Sergeant George H. Eldridge, a soldier in the 6th U.S. Calvary, fighting in the “Indian Campaigns” in Wichita River, Texas (Grave B-1 in Section 37).


“Bonus” was a war dog and is buried with his handler, Ensign Charles E. Temple (Grave 1, Row A, Section 101) and another beloved war dog named “Blackout” was buried with his handler Marine Sergeant George L. Oshier (Grave 2, Row A, Section 99).


Next time you drive by the Los Angeles National Cemetery, please give a tip of the hat to the women and men (and canines!) who have so faithfully served our country.

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