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Jerry Coleman's plaque on Mount Soledad

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Over the weekend I went to the beach in La Jolla and decided to make a side trip to the top of Mt. Soledad.  The weather had finally cleared up on Sunday and the views were tremendous.  I also thought a viewing of the military memorial plaques surrounding the controversial cross atop the mountain would be appropriate on Memorial Day weekend.

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I was watching an episode of Ken Kramer's About San Diego on PBS not long ago when he mentioned that a particular military veteran's plaque was near that of Jerry Coleman's.  I decided that I'd make it my mission to find the "Voice of the Padres"' plaque.

I found a picture of the plaque online so I knew what it looked like, but it still took 3 laps around the memorial and about 45 minutes for me to eventually find Jerry's amid the thousands there.  I tried scanning from a distance at first looking for the position of the photos on each plaque, but eventually had to get up close and do a more detailed search.

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My tenacity paid off and I eventually found it.  It was on the center ring of the monument on the northern side and about waist high.  I placed an arrow on the above picture, if in case you want to visit it yourself.

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Fortunately Jerry wasn't among the war dead that we honor on Memorial Day, but as a recently deceased military veteran he was in our thoughts all the same.

On a side note, a member of the Mighty 1090 radio team took a picture of Jerry Coleman's headstone at the military graveyard in Miramar yesterday and many members of their staff tweeted it out.