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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. I also merge duplicate memorials.


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

FAG contributor Stewart Blandon completed Section 2E. Stewart also created an excel spreadsheet for the burials in the cemetery that has been vital for the project.

FAG contributor Kathleen Clemence completed 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. Not in NGL: Oliver Melander, James C. and Nodie Schrader.

Section H: Completed. 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. Not in NGL: Frederick Bachmann, Robert Colvin, Alice & Arthur Sorenson.

Section J: Completed. Not in NGL: Carlo Barroni, John Edward Scoggins.

Sections K and L: Photography and posting photos of the reverse sides of the markers is completed. Section K is completely photographed.

Section M: Completed. 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: Completed.

Section N: Completed. Not in the NGL: William E. Thomas.

Sections O to V: Completed June through Sept. 2014. Section R completed by Kathleen Clemence.

Section W: Completed May 2014. 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 all markers in this section was completed in May 2014. 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. 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 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 2014.

Section 2D: Completed June 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

Sections 2E to 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, CA3-CA5 (posted), CA8 (posted), CA13-CA14 (posted), CA15 have been photographed. Not in NGL?: Margana K Williams

Section CB: Mostly photographed.

Section CC: Photographed.

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

Section CE: Photos for Sites 1-76, 224-312, 336-387, and 537-624 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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Alex Bruder
Lahey, Grumann Manitowoc County
My great grandmother's maden name was Lahey. I know I'm related to the Grumann's too.
I have access to family history, let me know what you are looking for. My email is
Added by Alex Bruder on Sep 16, 2014 7:09 PM
Mary Sharon Wilmes
Herman Leo Wilmes
Dear Tom: Thank you for your work to photograph this cemetery. I am taking the liberty of copying the photo for Herman Leo Wilmes, my great-Uncle. I appreciate it very much.

Sherry Wilmes
Added by Mary Sharon Wilmes on Sep 08, 2014 1:48 PM
Memorial# 3549013
Thank you for all the work you have done. May I add you photo from this memorial to the Ayles family tree on Thank you, Brenda
Added by huffybuffy on Sep 05, 2014 11:12 PM
Robert Humphrey
Thank you for adding the gravestone photo and for the date correction.
Added by Janet on Sep 01, 2014 11:33 AM
Grave Walker
RE: Houlihan
your very welcome :)
Added by Grave Walker on Aug 24, 2014 4:07 PM
Renaldo Browne
Dossantos Tombstone
Tom, can you retake the tombstone photo's of Cecelia Dos Santos and Joseph Dos Santos, so I can upload the single photos to my aunt (Cecelia) Thank you

Added by Renaldo Browne on Aug 23, 2014 9:09 AM
Clyde Jump
Thank you for adding the location/plot identification for Clyde, along with such a clear and professional-like photo. Your care and kindness is very appreciated.
Added by INDIANATURTLE on Aug 12, 2014 4:12 AM
Fran Sanchez
Estanislao Sanchez
Thank you so much for the great shot of his marker. Your hard work is appreciated.
Added by Fran Sanchez on Aug 10, 2014 9:52 AM
Audrey Arnold
Beautiful photo
Regarding John Andrew Rowan buried at San Bruno. I want to thank you so very much for the clear image in the photograph that you took of my uncle's gravesite.

I never met him and I've not yet got to visit that area of California, though I hope to visit in October of this year.

I am currently working on a similar project using old family photos to post to those gravesites I can locate of passed members. My mother passed away and left me with boxes of photos (joy).

But what a wonderful project you're involved in. Thank you so much for this inspiration. And, please, thank the rest of your team of photographers for me.

Peace, Audrey Arnold (Pena)
Added by Audrey Arnold on Aug 04, 2014 7:53 PM
Diane Reich
RE: Warren Quisley
hmm, I couldn't find him either. I will delete memorial. Thanks for catching this.
Added by Diane Reich on Aug 03, 2014 9:43 AM
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