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Military Memorials & Cemeteries

The Kitsap Peninsula is home to dozens of military, cemeteries, memorials, dedications, and historic sites that provide representation for those that served our country in any of the six branches of the military. Some of the sites at the WA Veterans Cemetery in Port Orchard date back to the Spanish War. Other memorials throughout the Kitsap Peninsula represent fallen soldiers in World War I and II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Tomb of Unknown Solider at Ivy Green Cememtery in Bremerton
The USS Turner Joy (DD-951) shown above, a famed Navy destroyer from the Vietnam War, is permanently moored at the beautiful Bremerton Harborside boardwalk open to the public. It is a popular destination for history buffs, veterans, and visitors of all ages. Some say it's haunted..visit their website for details.   

VETERAN INFORMATION & ACTIVITIES

The Kitsap County
Veterans Advisory Board
webpage on the Kitsap County website offers information and links to many services and activities. Click here for details.

The VKP recently produced and excellent slide show of local Military and Veteran Memorials. We want to thank Edward Palm, PhD, (USMC, retired) for his photography. Click here to download a PDF of Kitsap County Memorial locations.

Another excellent guide is the Kitsap County Veterans Memorials & Museums written and researched by Marion (Mick) T. Hersey, Historical Memorial Preservationist. Click here to download a PDF of those locations.

Along the waterfront between Bremerton and Gorst, you see the amazing site of mothballed aircraft carriers and other ships. Click here for lots of photos the Navy fleet of inactive aircraft carriers located near Bremerton Charleston Beach Road West, Bremerton, WA 98312. Click for Google Map.

Another excellent source is the US Tombstone Project that lists sites in Kitsap as well as other Washington State and USA locations.



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Poulsbo

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American Legion Park
Front Street
Poulsbo, WA 98370
360.779.9898
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This small but entertaining park is located at the north end of the Boardwalk on Liberty Bay, and has a playground, trails and restroom. Wildlife and bird watching.
Keyport

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Keyport Saltwater Park
The Keyport Saltwater Park houses an old memorial anchor that dates back to 1942.  Directly across the street is the Naval Undersea Museum where guests may explore and learn about life under the sea, torpedoes and underwater exploration.


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Gilberton Veterans Cemetery
T25N R2E Section 19
Retsil

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Washington Veteran's Home
1141 Beach DR
PO BOX 698
Retsil, WA 98378
360.895.4700

The Washington Veterans' Home in Retsil provides long-term nursing and domiciliary care to honorably discharged veterans and eligible spouses or widows. The Home provides living quarters, medical care, therapeutic care, rehabilitation, social services, and meals. 360.895.4700

On the 31 acre campus are two obelisks honoring veterans from the Civil War and the Spanish-American Wars.

Bremerton

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Puget Sound Navy Memorial Fountain Park
315 Pacific Ave
Bremerton, WA 98373
 Located just north of the Naval Museum, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Memorial Plaza highlights the Shipyard's many contributions to the City and the nation. There are numerous fountains, statues, informative plaques and ample public view and seating areas. 
Bremerton

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Illahee State Park
3540 Bahia Vista
Bremerton, WA 98310
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ILLAHEE STATE PARK is a 75-acre marine camping park with 1,785 feet of saltwater frontage on Port Orchard Bay. The park has plenty of parking space, lots of fresh air, facilities for a number of outdoor activities and access to a variety of water sports. At the park entrance there is a set of 5"/51 guns off of the USS West Virginia, (BB-48). There are two plaques, one honors all who have served this country; the other plaque honors Mr. Earle Henry Harkins, shipyard worker and first caretaker of the park.
Bremerton

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Bataan Park
Corner of Sylvan & Olympus
Bremerton, WA 98310
360.473.5305
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One acre grassland, overlooking a spectacular view of the Olympic Mountains, is a park offering picnic tables and benches. Also houses the  Bataan Monument, honoring the survivors of the WWII Bataan Death March.
Bremerton

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Lent Landing Park
Corner of Lebo & Reid
Bremerton, WA 98310
360.473.5305
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1.5 acres, 130 linear feet of shoreline, Gazebo, picnic tables, park benches, 11 parking spaces. A flag pavilion and plaque have been dedicated to our living Medal of Honor recipient, John Druse (Bud) Hawk.
All Kitsap Peninsula

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Kitsap Military Memorials & Sites
Visit this Kitsap County's website for links to a wide range of information for military veterans. You can also view/download a PFD of military memorials and markers on the Kitsap Peninsula and watch a video. You can also visit the Kitsap County Parks to find locations of some memorials.
Bremerton

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Lone Sailor - Bremerton Marina
100 Washington
Port of Bremerton Marina
Bremerton, WA 98337
Our Lone Sailor Statue is now standing watch over Sinclair Inlet, welcoming all who come to visit our community. The Lone Sailor statue is easy to get to (ADA accessible) for just the “cost” of a short walk along the beautiful new Bremerton Marina piers and breakwater. This site is the perfect place for all to enjoy the sights and sounds of Bremerton’s busy waterfront.
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