Established in 2005, the USS San Francisco Memorial Foundation is dedicated to preserving the history of the storied WWII heavy cruiser, and the organizing of the annual Memorial Ceremony the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, dedicated to the 100 sailors and 7 Marines killed in action during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal 12/13 November 1942. By way of introduction, here is the official mission of the Foundation:
The Mission of the Foundation
a. To build and maintain a membership list of all men who had served on the USS San Francisco (CA-38) during World War II , together with their relatives, and others who support the memories of the history of American men and women fighting for victory, liberty and freedom.
b. To honor those members of the United States Marine Corps, Navy, Army , Air Force , Coast Guard and Merchant Marine, together with all men from other countries who gave their lives for Victory and our Freedom.
c. To conduct a Military Memorial Service each year on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend in San Francisco at the USS San Francisco Memorial Park.
d. To establish and maintain a Web Site of an archive of Historical materials and public information for the USS San Francisco Memorial Foundation. To facilitate the historical research of World War II in the Pacific, and to provide material to schools, colleges and universities to enhance their efforts of education
To promote a Historical Center in the memory of Admirals Callaghan and Scott.
Lands End, where the USS San Francisco Monument and Memorial is located, has been designated, “USS San Francisco Memorial Park”.
God bless the crew of the USS San Francisco (SSN-711), and may God continue to Bless America.
The USS San Francisco Cruiser (CA-38) Society held its final meeting in 2011 before closing its doors. We hope our shipmates and all members of the USS San Francisco Society will become members and supporters of the USS San Francisco Memorial Foundation.
The National Park Service has rehabilitated the parking area at the Memorial, designating parking spaces, planting flowers and adding restroom facilities. The USS San Francisco Memorial Park is now the staging area for veterans shuttling to and from the V.A. hospital at nearby Fort Miley, while their parking lot is being re-surfaced.
The National Park Service is building a new visitors’ center on Geary Blvd. between the Monument and the world famous Cliff House. The Foundation will have space in the visitors’ center for an historical display.
The reworked parking area and Visitor’s Center is being funded by a grant of $5,000,000 from the Goldman Foundation.
The San Francisco Memorial Foundation is supporting the newly formed Admiral Callaghan Society at St. Ignatius High School, Callaghan’s alma mater.
Admiral Callahan’s Medal of Honor Citation
Rear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan, USN
Medal of Honor
Commander Task Group 67.4
Flagship USS San Francisco (USS SAN FRANCISCO)
Killed in Action 13 November 1942
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
Citation: For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty during action against enemy Japanese forces off Savo Island on the night of 12-13 November 1942. Although out-balanced in strength and numbers by a desperate and determined enemy, Rear Admiral Callaghan, with ingenious tactical skill and superb coordination of the units under his command, led his forces into battle against tremendous odds, thereby contributing decisively to the rout of a powerful invasion fleet, and to the consequent frustration of a formidable Japanese offensive. While faithfully directing close-range operations in the face of furious bombardment by superior enemy fire power, he was killed on the bridge of his flagship. His courageous initiative, inspiring leadership, and judicious foresight in a crisis of grave responsibility were in keeping with the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the defense of his country.
Our principal event, held on Sunday of each Memorial Day Weekend, is a costly affair. We need to pay for the chairs, sound system, signage, event insurance and program printing. This averages about $6,000 a year. We depend on regular contributions for the event from the San Francisco Naval Order and our Foundation Officers and Directors, but the remainder must be raised each year.
Departed shipmate Eugene Kochan constructed a detailed wooden model of the USS San Francisco (CA-38), and his son Mark Kochan, of Medford, Oregon, is donating the model to the Foundation. In order to display it at the new visitors’ center, it will require its own display case, which will cost approximately $1,000.
About 35 oral histories of USS San Francisco (CA-38) veterans have been recorded by our Historian, John Garvey. When funds become available, these histories will to be edited and uploaded to our website. This may cost an average of $1,000 each.
Preservation of the USS San Francisco (CA-38) Memorial itself is an expense. Constructed of the ship’s original battle-damaged bridge section, concrete, and granite and bronze plaques surrounding a flagpole, the monument has been exposed to the elements since its installation in 1950. Time and the maritime environment have taken their toll. We need to both restore the monument and build an enclosure to protect it from future deterioration. This important work will require substantial funding, and we have established a building reserve fund as a first step.
How can I help?
Become a member! Dues are only $25.00 a year. Give a membership to your son, daughter or grandchild. Spread the legacy!
Become a founding member of the Blue Gun Crew, a group supporting the USS San Francisco Memorial Foundation, by donating $500. Member’s names will be listed in perpetuity on the USS San Francisco (CA-38)’s website. Members can divide their donation into five equal $100 payments.
For those who shop online, IGive is an easy way to give a percentage of your purchase price to the Foundation, at no cost to you! Just go to IGive.org and complete a one-time registration naming the USS San Francisco Memorial Foundation as your charity.
Members can also decide to give a small fixed amount to the Foundation on a monthly basis. See below.
Keep the USS San Francisco Memorial Foundation legacy alive. Name the Foundation in your will or trust
Purchase a USS San Francisco (CA-38) cap or U.S. Navy lighted obelisk. Caps are $25 and obelisks are $35. Add $5 shipping and handling per item. Both items can be purchased on our website or via mail order to our office, and both benefit the Foundation.
of a Flag Draped Coffin
All Americans should be
given this lesson. Those who think that America is an arrogant nation
should really reconsider that thought. Our founding fathers used
GOD's word and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it's
high time Americans get re-educated about this Nation's history.
Pass it along and be proud of the country we live in and even more proud of
those who serve to protect our 'GOD GIVEN' rights and freedoms.
I hope you take the time to read this.... To understand what the flag draped
coffin really means... Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it
and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers.
Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?
Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays
meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13
colonies, but we learn something new every day!
The 1st fold of the flag is a
symbol of life.
The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief
in eternal life.
The 3rd fold is made in honor
and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of
their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the
The 4th fold represents the
weaker nature, for as American citizens
Trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in
times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.
The 5th fold is a tribute to
the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, 'Our Country, in dealing
with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country,
right or wrong.'
The 6th fold is for where
people's hearts lie. It is with their heart that they pledge allegiance to
the flag of the United States Of America, and the Republic for which it
stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice
The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is
through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag
against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the
boundaries of their republic.
The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we
might see the light of day.
The 9th fold is a tribute to
womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love,
loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made
this country great has been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons
and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.
The 11th fold represents the
lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians
eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.
The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are
uppermost reminding them of their nations motto, 'In
God We Trust..'
After the flag is completely
folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever
reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served
under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and
shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the
rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.
There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning.
In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why.
Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is
referred to, the symbol of ' Liberty and Freedom.'