Coxswain Timothy Sullivan, Medal of Honor Recipient

A couple of years ago, I was walking through the US National Cemetery, in Los Angeles. It was Memorial Day, and there were lots of visitors. However, as I passed one section, I noticed that there were no flowers and no visitors. I did notice that one headstone had something attached to it. As I got closer, I realized that it was a piece of paper, behind a plexiglass cover. The paper identified the person buried there as Coxswain Timothy Sullivan, Medal of Honor Recipient.

Timothy Sullivan was a member of the Union Navy and served on board the USS Louisville. One of approximately 260 Irish-born American military, who were awarded the nation’s highest military honor, Sullivan was born in 1835 and died in 1910. Many of the graves in this section had similar dates. That probably explains why there was no evidence of visitors. I decided that I would be their visitor, hung with them for about half an hour, and I’ve been back several times.

Today, Veterans Day, was very overcast, in Los Angeles, and the sky did not make for pretty pictures. The notice, identifying Timothy Sullivan as a Medal of Honor recipient was no longer there, but his headstone appeared to be freshly refurbished, and Medal of Honor was now engraved on it.

Timothy Sullivan, Medal of Honor Recipient

Timothy Sullivan, Medal of Honor Recipient

US National Cemetery Los Angeles

US National Cemetery Los Angeles

US National Cemetery Los Angeles

US National Cemetery Los Angeles

For you purists, yes, I over saturated the colors in post production. It was such a bland day, and I like a little over-saturation. Shot with an Olympus OMD-EM5, 17mm M. Zuiko lens at f8, 1/400, ISO 200.

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