Sailors’ sacrifice remembered at USS San Francisco memorial

USS San Francisco ceremonyAbout 200 people gathered at the USS San Francisco Memorial at Lands End Sunday afternoon to remember the sailors and marines who gave their lives aboard that ship and honor others who served in the U.S. military.

With the fog curling in the wind around the cypress trees at Lands End, retired Navy Capt. Stanley Ellexson read the names of the 100 sailors and seven marines who were killed in action on the San Francisco in the World War II Battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942. Servicemembers from other eras and branches of the military were honored as well.

Other speakers included retired Navy Capt. Dennis Murphy, head of the Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan Society at the Sunset District’s St. Ignatius College Preparatory school. Callaghan, a 1907 graduate of S.I., was among those killed at Guadalcanal.

Check out more photos from the USS San Francisco Memorial ceremony. All photos: Tom Prete / Ocean Beach Bulletin

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