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Dave (#47976571)
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So many are asking about the bio picture I'm using, it's from a poem written by Monte Leon Manka titled The Shadow on the Wall.

I enjoy working with Find A Grave and I especially enjoy adding photos to memorials so that family members can visit their family member's grave at anytime.

Please REMEMBER I do this in my FREE time out of respect for the families. If mistakes are made, BE KIND and remember this isn't a paying JOB.

We are here to help each other, and it would give me honor to know I have helped one. Thank you for caring about the family I also care about so deeply.

You may use any of my photo's for genealogy purpose's, providing a note of credit is given, and send me a message on where it is being used.

Note: Requesting Memorial Transfers
For transfer request please use the edit button, then Suggest, for each request, this is the only way I'll handle it otherwise your requests will go unanswered. Be sure to include YOUR FAG number.


FYI: For our Veterans Graves

While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.

These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.

A coin left on a tombstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect.

Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.

A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together.

A dime means you served with him in some capacity.

By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.

According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.

In the United States, this practice became common during the Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war.

Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a down payment to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.

The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced to as far back as the Roman Empire.
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Messages left for Dave (1209)[Leave Message]
RE: Re: Lois Finkel.
I have temporarily fulfilled your request. I go to Resurrection several times a month and I will check on Lois each time. Thanks, Colleen
Added by Colleen on Feb 26, 2015 5:18 PM
RE: Re: Robert Finkel.
Do you want me to wait for Lois's death date scroll to be added to her crypt or go with what's there now? One of Robts pics shows her crypt as it is now. Whatever you want. Cem said it may be a few weeks on the death date. Thanks Colleen
Added by Colleen on Feb 26, 2015 3:35 PM
RE: Re: Robert Finkel.
You're very welcome
Added by Colleen on Feb 26, 2015 3:25 PM
Sgt. Frank Torigian
Hello Dave,

Thank you so for the photo of Frank's marker.

Kind regards,
Ken -
Added by KPS on Feb 25, 2015 7:15 AM
Steve Poole
RE: Re: William Landy
You're welcome
Added by Steve Poole on Feb 25, 2015 5:47 AM
Jan Dishon
Corp George Williams
Thanks so much for the photo from the memorial.
Added by Jan Dishon on Feb 22, 2015 12:38 AM
Sue Hale Sheppard
Harold Hoback #142630172
Thank you for linking Harold Hoback #142630172 to his parents.

I would be pleased if you would read my Bio and visit my parents' memorials by clicking on their links.

Added by Sue Hale Sheppard on Feb 21, 2015 12:15 PM
John V. Burns
RE: Re: 1st Freddie Lewter.
From what I have read, it appears the aircraft pretty much exploded in the air. So, probably bodies were pretty much scattered across the landscape. Would be good for the family but I doubt there is that possibility. Unless a team could visit the area of the explosion and talk with any possible living locals and I doubt that would ever happen in this day and age.
Added by John V. Burns on Feb 21, 2015 5:23 AM
Long Black Veil
RE: Re: Herman Simpkins
Thank you Dave. Wonderful job well done.

Thank you for all you do on find a grave.

God Bless
Added by Long Black Veil on Feb 20, 2015 12:12 PM
John V. Burns
RE: Re: 1st Freddie Lewter.
On 2nd thought, you are correct on this. His body was never recovered. Sorry bout that. Long winter day here makes for boredom and thoughtless moves.
Added by John V. Burns on Feb 19, 2015 6:46 PM
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