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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.   


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

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.


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Kitsap County Veteran's Memorial
3337 NW Byron
Silverdale Waterfront
Silverdale, WA 98383

Members of the Home Builders Association of Kitsap County worked with other community organizations to build the Kitsap County Veterans Memorial Park to honor all who have served in any era and is one of the few in the nation to pay tribute to six branches of service including merchant marines. Flags of all six branches fly over the memorial. Located at Silverdales Waterfront Park it offers beautiful views and is an appropriate location to reflect on what veterans have done for this country. Also honors Henry R. Johnson World War I Silverdale citizen who lost his life in the Muese-Argonne Offensive. Located near picnic shelter, children's area and public boardwalk and pier.


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American Legion Park
Front Street
Poulsbo, WA 98370
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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.

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Suquamish Veteran Memorial Park
18490 Suquamish Way Northeast
Suquamish, WA 98392
The memorial overlooks Puget Sound and sits above the tribe’s House of Awakened Culture. Four thick wood pillars jut up from the cement, their carvings facing the road. One pillar represents Chief Sealth, the other Chief Kitsap. The Suquamish Warriors hope the site will serve as a place of reflection for veterans, and a place where younger generations can see the names of tribal elders and learn of their dedication.

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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.
Port Gamble

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Buena Vista (Port Gamble Historic) Cemetery
The Port Gamble town cemetery dates from 1856 when U.S. Navy Coxswain Gustave Englebrecht of the U.S.S. Massachusetts died in a skirmish with Haida raiders, in the French & Indian War in Port Gamble. Englebrecht is credited with being the first U.S. Navy man killed in the Pacific. Town founder Josiah Keller died in 1862 in Victoria and he is buried here in a plot surrounded by an iron fence, but without a headstone. The cemetery is located at NE Walker and Pacific in Port Gamble

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Legend Harley Davidson Dealership Veterans Memorial
9625 Provost Road
Located at the Legend Harley Davidson Dealership of Silverdale, a Veterans Memorial plaque honors all the combat veterans, POW/MIA'S and all the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces world wide: past, present and future. Dedicated on May 29, 2004

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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. 

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Miller-Woodlawn Memorial Park
5505 Kitsap Way
Bremerton, WA 98312
Mast from heavy cruiser USS Bremerton is located near the funeral chapel. Several Veterans are buried here. Memorabilia left at roving Vietnam Wall is buried at the foot of the mast.

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Shine Cemetery
1st left after Hood Canal Bridge on Shine RD
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