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"National disgrace": Retired Navy captain describes naval cemetery in disrepair

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 The 160-year-old Mare Island Naval Cemetery in Vallejo has fallen into such disrepair, one retired Navy captain called it "a national disgrace, 

"You can see headstones are physically crumbling down, completely broken into pieces," Matt Saintsing of ConnectingVets.com, a CBS Radio site, told KCBS-AM in Los Angeles. "Plants are overgrowing into fences, without any kind of maintenance or repair."

Saintsing wrote about the Mare Island Naval Cemetery after 76-year-old retired Navy captain Ralph Parrott and his wife paid a visit and were appalled by the conditions.

The cemetery, dating back to 1854, was given National Historic Landmark status in 1975. Mare Island is the final resting place of three Medal of Honor recipients and Anna Key Turner, the fifth child of Francis Scott Key, who penned "The Star Spangled Banner."

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