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ShaneO (#47009366)
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Bio Photo Please check out my WWII virtual cemeteries!

If you have any photo requests available, please make a few, as at the 20 per week rate, it will take me 10 years to get my 60,000 WWII KIA entries completed.

If you see incorrect entries or duplicates (dups usually from the Findgrave crashmaster)...let me know asap!!! If you would like me to transfer a memorial, I will transfer them.


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Stanley Shepard
LLoyed Anderson and Edward Barrows
Here are two Vets one missing Lloyd Anderson find a grave 56641856 and a distant relation Edward Barrows find a grave 130635261 he has a letter I found from a vet that served with him when he died it tells how bad it was some time. As a disabled Vietnam Vet I some time took life one hour at a time. They are not on your list it would be great if they where. They all gave every thing they had.
Added by Stanley Shepard on Dec 27, 2014 12:20 PM
Stanley Shepard
Cass County, Minnesota WW II war dead
Hi ShaneO
I finished my research on World War II war dead for Cass County, Minnesota. I ran all the names aginst your list and this is a list of find a grave memorials for Cass County that did not show up on your virtual cemeteries. 58108965, 56279444, 56778593, 56279611, 442278, 56778710, 58109511, 56778818, 56511226, 58108653, 56780396, 58108721, 58109539, 56298488, 639054, 56779095, 140187145, 56655467, 19345372, 56364431, 56291157, 3462223, 58109491, 140410680, 563654584, 58108889, 56374498, 41606747, 56648562, 13172511.
Am working off of two list for Minnesota. The Army list is by County and give cause of death and the Navy and Marine Core list just list them as dead and is in alphabetical order by last name and list there town or county. Am putting them on a virtual cemeteries on my home page. Fell free to use them if you want.

My grand daughter asked me what Memorial day means to me. This is a letter I sent to her.

Grandpa, what does Memorial Day mean to you?
To MacKenzie
When I was growing up in the 1950’s in Ashland, Massachusetts; every Memorial Day, the town would have a parade. Everyone was involved in the parade, if you were not marching, you where watching. The school band, Fire and Police departments, VFW, the Boys and Girl Scouts and every organization in town would march. When I was older, I marched with the Boy Scouts. We would start in town and march out to the cemetery where some people gave speeches. They would read the Gettysburg Address and then read of the names of the soldiers who died in battle; have a 21 gun salute, play taps and then march back to town, where there was a memorial with all the names of the fallen soldiers. I did not realize then that most of the names on the memorial were never brought home. They were buried in the country they fought in or buried at sea. Some were missing in action (MIA). The grownups back then took Memorial Day very seriously. They lived and had a part in World War I, II, and the Korean War. Memorial Day is one day set aside to remember the brave soldiers; who gave their lives for what we have today. And to honor the Veterans that have passed on. In the Longville and Pine River area, we have four examples of what Memorial Day is about. In the Riverside cemetery in Longville, my Aunt Alice has a brother-in- law George L Engelhart; he died in World War II in the Netherlands. He has a memorial stone at Riverside but is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial.
Also in the Riverside cemetery, my Cousin Dianne’s husband, has an Uncle Kenneth E. Slagle; he has a memorial stone, also. He is MIA somewhere inside North Korea.
Also in the Riverside cemetery is Dwight B Mayer; he died in Vietnam in 1967. My cousin Dianne told me he was like a big brother to her. On my way to Vietnam in 1970, I stopped to visit my Uncle Tracy in Blind Lake Township where Dwight lived and I got to talk with his dad.
In the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Pine River there is a John Charles Knott , he died in Vietnam on July 20, 1970.
these four brave men from the Longville and Pine River area are examples of what Memorial Day is all about. One is buried overseas; one is lost somewhere inside North Korea and the others were brought home. They gave everything for what we have today. They are examples of many, many soldiers that gave all for what we have today.
I have put locations of these soldiers on a web site called find-a-grave feel free to go to this site and leave a note and/or flowers. You can search anyone’s grave site, it doesn’t have to be just these four soldiers.
This Memorial day, I will put flowers and an American flag on my farther grave in Pequot Lakes; he was a World War II Vet and this is how I pay my respects to all the solders that died in battle and the ones that have passed on since.
As the old soldier in the movie “Memorial Day” said: “You don"t get to choose the war or what happens when you get there , theirs no right or wrong in combat theirs only what you did. Do your best and try to live with it.”
Your Grandpa Shepard
Added by Stanley Shepard on Dec 26, 2014 1:38 AM
The Lady in Black
My veterans virtual cemeteries
Hi Shane:

I've just put together virtual cemeteries for all the major conflicts on my profile page, so feel free to take a look. I don't have them separated by served or KIA--there's far too many for me to do them that way, and I just don't have the time. I'm adding to them as I go along, so feel free to check back.

Happy Holidays,
Added by The Lady in Black on Dec 10, 2014 12:15 AM
Loren Bender
Leander M. Young
Shane I have one I could use some help on. Leander M. Young died in World war II he was from Grand island Nebraska and I found him buried in South Dakota Find A Grave #106389154. I am trying to prove his father Find A Grave #50510757 same name was killed in World War I in 1918 in France. Not used to working on World War I heroes do you have any leads. Thanks . If my hunch is right the son was born the same year his Father was killed. Thanks for any help you can give me. Loren
Added by Loren Bender on Dec 09, 2014 8:49 PM
Michael & Allison Dillingham
Ernest A Rydeen
Find A Grave Memorial# 37233186

A poster (with some very poor pictures) of Mr Rydeen's canteen during WWII is at my local VA Hospital. I also found an article about Mr Rydeen on line (

Was going to post both, but album size is maxed out with the 5 photos that are on his memorial.

Please let me know if you'd like these items for addition to his memorial.

Added by Michael & Allison Dilling... on Dec 05, 2014 6:03 AM
John Dowdy
john W. shaw
Shane, Shaw appears as part of this crew and is mentioned in several forums as being KIA with this crew on this date. On the USAAF web site state is listed as unknown. That usually means that something may be wrong with the record keeping.
but i feel that this is the same guy.
Added by John Dowdy on Dec 02, 2014 5:37 PM
Erik Brun
99th IN BN Foundation

From all of us at the foundation, thank you!

We represent the Vets and descendants of the 99th Infantry Battalion (Sep) and we greatly appreciate this wonderful tribute to the soldiers of the Battalion.

This is our Website
and we have a very active Facebook group.

We have assisted in the publication of a book and a documentary that has just aired on some PBS affiliates. Information about both are posted on our Page and in our group.

We look forward to your continued help at connecting the lost sheep.

Erik Brun
Added by Erik Brun on Nov 30, 2014 5:59 PM
Debbie J
RE: James A Riley
Sorry. He had no marker. Two of us have walked the entire cemetery and photographed the entire cemetery and found no marker. The book of markers printed in 1965 by the sexton states does not list him therefore he had no marker in 1965. i am aware that a marker was ordered for him but no kne knows what happened to it. Nothing else can be done. The internment does list him so we know that was a grave purchased in 1949. He is buried with his parents also no marker for them
Added by Debbie J on Sep 29, 2014 7:31 AM
Confirmation/high school certificates
I have the confirmation certificate and high school diploma for Mr. Hanson AND confirmation certificate for Herbert Merry Hanson AND high school diploma for Cora Ethelinda Hanson. If someone is interested in these documents, let me know.
Added by charmswake on Sep 27, 2014 11:53 AM
Tina Galey-Horrall
RE: Wayne Anderson
Yes. All the information of this gentleman is of his family(?). I'm sad the military did not mark his grave.
Added by Tina Galey-Horrall on Sep 25, 2014 5:11 AM
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