The World War II West Coast Memorial is located on a high ground overlooking the entrance to San Francisco Harbor. It is at the intersection of Lincoln and Harrison Boulevards in the Presidio of San Francisco, California near the southern edge of the Golden Gate Bridge.
This memorial was erected in the memory of those soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guardsmen, and airmen who met their deaths in the American coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean during World War II. It consists of a curved gray granite wall decorated with bas relief sculpture and a statue of liberty on its right flank. On the wall are inscribed the name, rank, organization and state of each of the 413 American missing whose remains were never recovered or identified. The terrace affords an excellent view of the neighboring shore and the exit from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Pacific Ocean.
West Coast Memorial
San Francisco, CA
The West Coast Memorial is located within the Presidio, a national park site within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and a National Historic Landmark District.
Travel via Car
The Presidio is located just south of the Golden Gate Bridge, along Route 101. The West Coast Memorial is located at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Kobb Avenue within the Presidio, and near the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Travel via Public Transporation
The Presidio is accesible form many points in San Francisco by shuttle, bus or train.
Once at the Presidio, there is a free shuttle. Visit the Presidio's website for the most up-to-date information on shuttle schedules.
News & Events
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More than 500,000 Americans lost their lives in World War I and World War II defending democracy on soil and water far from the United States. The sacrifice of these men and women will be honored during ceremonies at America’s military cemeteries overseas, where more than 200,000 of these individuals are buried and memorialized.
Memorial Day–the federal holiday in which we honor our veterans and remember those who died while in the armed services–originated in the aftermath of the Civil War.