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Tom Brocher (#47674416)
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Bio Photo Since February 2012 a group of us have been working on a project to photograph entire sections in Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California. Progress on this project is updated frequently below. As we add photos we use them to correct memorials and link to family members or send requests to have the memorials corrected or updated. We add new memorials to this cemetery based on these photographs and on the National Gravesite Locator website for this cemetery.


FAG members Samme Templin, Theresa Miller, Christine S., and Cindy S. are helping to post the photos.

FAG contributor Stewart Blandon is working on Section 2E.

FAG contributor Kathleen Clemence is working on Section R.

FAG contributor Christine and Winmar finished photographing and posting photos from Section MA.

Please join us!! I estimate that we have posted at least 30% of the photos in the cemetery, and are posting nearly 1400 photos every week. It's a big job and we could use your help!

Please contact me if you are willing to help this project by either uploading photographs that I have taken, or by photographing other sections.

Please contact me if you have a better photograph of a headstone for a memorial (e.g., with better lighting), and I will be happy to remove my photo from the memorial. [Over time I've learned the hard way the right times of day to photograph markers in the cemetery to get the best lighting, usually in the afternoon.]

Status of photography of Golden Gate National Cemetery section by section:

Sections A to D: Completed.

Section E: Completed. Contains markers for 45 graves of German and Italian prisoner of war from World War II; there also many graves of servicemen who died between 1865 and 1910. Markers not in the National Gravesite Locator: Maltie Andrews, John Brackman, Infant Son Crawford, John Jackson, Charles Kinnaka, Francis O'Sullivan, and Jamey Schafer.

Section F: Completed. Concepcion F. DelaCruz (F, 557) is not in the NGL

Section G: Completed. Markers not in the NGL: Oliver Melander, James C. and Nodie Schrader.

Section H: Completed. Markers not in the NGL: Martha Ellen Fiedler, Bernice Peck Scott, John H. Sawyer, Lee Ellerton Dickinson, William Albert Rimmel, Bertram W. York, Michael Meglinskie, Dexter L. Drubendorfer, Bert McNulty, William Von Cleve.

Section I: Completed. Markers not in the NGL: Frederick Bachmann, Robert Colvin, Alice & Arthur Sorenson.

Section J: Completed. Markers not in the NGL: Carlo Barroni, John Edward Scoggins.

Section K: Photography and posting photos of the reverse sides of the markers is completed.

Section L: Photography and posting photos of the reverse sides of the markers is completed.

Section M: Completed May 5, 2013. Names not in NGL: Eugene Brozowski, Earl Chapman, Justin Lacau France, Merle Gadbury, Abramo Marko, Lillian A. Murphy, Elia Pera, Henry Stegnerski, George Pete Sucevich, Maude Edna Webster, William Ralph Williamson.

Section MA: This section is completed.

Section N: Photos of all markers have been posted. Names not in the NGL: William E. Thomas (1924-1983).

Section O: Photos of the fronts of O-1A to O-640 have been posted. Photography all of the reverse sides of all markers is completed.

Section P: Photography all of the reverse sides of all markers is completed.

Section Q: Photos of the fronts of the markers have been posted.

Section R: Kathleen Clemence is working on this section. She has posted her photos for Sites 2-A to 219-A (flat markers), and sites 1540-A to 5701-A. She plans to photograph the rest of this section in April, 2014.

Section S: The fronts of all the markers in the section have been posted.

Section T: The backs of the markers have been photographed.

Section U: The backs of the markers have been posted.

Section V: The fronts of the markers have been posted.

Section W: Backs of markers have been posted by Samme T. Not in NGL: Peter Koster, Audrey Minor, Louise C. Reeves, Arthemus Langston, Dorothy M Cross, Edith I Johnson, Thelma G Heinz, Audrey A Groom, Ethel T Dilley, others

Section X: Photography of the fronts of all markers in this section was completed in April 2013. Not listed in the NGL: Robert Linyard, Stanley H Manzano, Presner Felder, James Allen and Richard Anthony O'Kendo, William Latham Chamberlain, John H. Gwinn Washington, Tillie C. Fuelscher, John Casey, James O'Connor, Ichiro Garry Tsuruoka, Ernest Laverne Speicher, Ruth Hall, Herbert F Sweebohm, Charles Warren, John Marvin Williams, John Manuel Baldwin Bastida, Charles A Henderson, Clarence C Centeio, Karl Stohlstrom, Robert A Ausmus, Mildred R Webb, William Henry Doland, Toivo Evertt Malen, Philamena A Flowers, Ruth E Henkel

Section Y: Photography of the fronts of all markers was completed in Mar. 2013. Photos of the backs of markers have been uploaded. Markers not in NGL: Daniel Baldwin Elam, Charles E. Walker, Lon Ash Cook, Frank Yee, Robert G Peterson, Elise Courrier Phillips, Joseph F Weiterer, Dudley Theodore Edson, John W Haslet, Morton Morris Eierwiess, Robert Allen Washington, Antone W Caldera, Harry M DeLacy, Michael Melnick

Section Z: Completed. Markers not in NGL: John H Downing, Angel B Canja, Sr., Charles Palizzolo Sicily, Albert Brown, Melvin Rucker, William Francis Clark, Ivo Sofranc Montenegro.

Section 2A: Completed June 16, 2013.

Section 2B: Photography completed July, 2013. Uploading of fronts is completed. Uploading of backs is underway. The northwestern end contains a large percentage of infants and young children.

Section 2C: Completed April 5, 2014.

Section 2D: Completed June 9, 2013. Not in the National Gravesite Locator: Herbert L Dennis, Frederick Kurz Austria, Hing K Lee, Navor A Archuleta, Bernard F Fahey, John Louis Leglend

Section 2E: FAG contributor Steward Blandon has finished photographing the entire section and has uploaded 62% of his photos.

Section 2F: Completed.
Section 2G: Completed.
Section 2H: Completed.

Section CA: Sites 1-38, 189-394, 467-504, 655-860, 933-970, 1130-1326, 1399-1434, 1587-1783, 1856-1893, 2055-2071, 2082-2250, 2323-2359, 2506-2536, 2548-2716, 2789-2825, 2972-3182, CA1 (posted), CA2, CA8 (posted), CA13-CA14 (posted), CA15 have been photographed. Not in NGL?: Margana K Williams

Section CD: Photos for Sites 1-189, 295-494 have been posted.

Section CF: Sites 1-55 posted, 98-213 photographed, 285-338 posted.

I am currently interested in the Brocher, Lahey, Williamson, Weber, and Grumann families of eastern Wisconsin, particularly Manitowoc County.

I am also researching Nuzum, Wright, Wheeler families of western Wisconsin.

Finally, I am researching Welch, Belden, Dunbar familiies of southeastern Minnesota.
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Cindy ( Pennel )Paulson
Tom, it's me again. Mary Standiford the memorial you made #120333345 is a duplicate too.
Added by Cindy ( Pennel )Paulson on Mar 26, 2014 7:04 PM
Cindy ( Pennel )Paulson
Tom, the original memorial number for William is 80211196, yours is 120333301.
Added by Cindy ( Pennel )Paulson on Mar 26, 2014 7:00 PM
Cindy ( Pennel )Paulson
Tom, I took a photo of William Standiford memorial in Bloomingdale Cemetery Vernon Co. Wis. and placed the photo on his memorial. Looking at the whole cemetery list, I seen that yours is a duplicate. The other memorial was made in 2011 and has the same photo.
Added by Cindy ( Pennel )Paulson on Mar 26, 2014 6:55 PM
Kathleen Phillips
RE: Benjamin Davis
Thank you and I am related to Benjamin Davis. He and my father are sons of brothers.
Added by Kathleen Phillips on Mar 25, 2014 6:28 AM
Cemetery added...thanks.
Added by Travelingal on Mar 23, 2014 6:39 AM
Jade Schmitt
RE: Groves and Barnharts
No problem! The other day, I also had some issues where F-A-G messages were going to my spam box. Strange. Anyway, glad to help out! The snow is finally melting in Madison :)
Added by Jade Schmitt on Mar 17, 2014 11:25 AM
RE: Shepherd photos
The markers are in a locked mausoleum. I had assess this weekend and took as many photos that I could. The cemetery records are on line at

The records indicate that the remains were moved and I can only assume to the mausoleum.

Hope that this is some assistance.

Added by Neil on Mar 16, 2014 6:12 PM
Philip Stenmark
Thank you for the transfer of Philip Stenmark. I appreciate your help!
Added by Lori on Mar 09, 2014 10:02 PM
Linda O
Memorial Transfer
Hello Tom,

Would it be possible to transfer a great uncle's memorial to me?

Donald H. Dunlap #123776359

The fine work and the outstanding dedication is jaw dropping. Thanks to you personally and all the volunteers who give so much of your time and your energy.

Added by Linda O on Mar 04, 2014 1:17 PM
Kathy (St. John) Millsap
RE: James Alvin Brown
Good Morning, Tom,
I took down the duplicate picture of my Uncle, but left the tombstone picture because I traveled from Missouri to Calif. to leave flowers. I'd like to keep that picture. Could you transfer this memorial to me? He was Gramma's only brother and we knew him as kids.
Do you have any more info on him? Thanks.
Added by Kathy (St. John) Millsap on Feb 28, 2014 9:22 AM
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