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John S. Sims (#47168005)
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Bio Photo I am a retired Lutheran minister living in metro Chattanooga, TN (Hixson). The Chattanooga National Cemetery is my favorite place to go for Find A Grave and I feel honored to be a data manager for it. Where you see "[jsims]" it is data that I have entered on a given memorial that I do not manage. In addition to having three family members at Chattanooga National, I simply consider it sacred ground and am pleased to help in honoring the memory of all the veterans there. This is my personal perspective: "For every American who loves this country, every veteran is family."

Having attended the annual Medal of Honor Museum banquet on 26 April 2015, I was reminded by Sammy Lee Davis (the "real" Forrest Gump) that my generation owes much more homage to Viet Nam veterans than many of us gave them in the 1960s. I am thus adding a virtual cemetery for Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients and I have joined the Associates of Vietnam Veterans as a Life Member.

My other current research focus is on a graves registration project for the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans. I welcome any inquiries or correspondence on 1898-1902 veterans. I am also just beginning as a volunteer at the Medal of Honor Museum located near my home and I'm enjoying all the new things I'm learning about those MOH recipients; among them, Desmond Doss, whose burial is at Chattanooga National, is a new "modern" hero for me.

Some of my friends have asked me why I research and memorialize "Yankees" and especially USCT. I have also been asked why should I or anyone memorialize the German POWs. To all who wonder, I direct you to the hymn, "In Christ There Is No East or West."

I give general permission for the use of any photographs that I have taken in non-profit heritage projects or family trees. It would be "nice" to hear where this happens and to be given credit. I will gladly consider the transfer of "ownership" for any memorial made by the request of a biological family member.
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Thanks for the photo.
Added by Shipbird on Jul 30, 2016 3:05 PM
Honoring our ancestors
James Madison Blanchard
Thank you for the photo!
Added by Honoring our ancestors on Jul 18, 2016 8:16 PM
RE: Photo Request
I have talked to a few people about having fulfilled a request for a Spanish American Veteran.
We all agreed that the are very rare indeed.
From now on I'll be sure to keep an eye out for them.

Thanks again for the request. It was really cool.
Added by DDM on Jul 18, 2016 4:37 PM
Daniels Marker photo
Thanks SO much!!! It is very much appreciated!

Added by MSL on Jul 18, 2016 3:22 PM
William Croghan
Othello Cross Pic
thanks so much for the picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Added by William Croghan on Jul 18, 2016 2:31 PM
RE: Photo Request
You are very welcome.
As a son of a veteran (Dad served in Korea) these are always very special requests for me.
In my travels I don't see a lot of Spanish Americam War veterans. I thought that was pretty cool when I saw that note on the marker. (There are several Civil War Veterans buried in Oak Grove. Many are grouped together on the south side of the cemetery. It makes for a very beautiful display.)
If you are ever in Fergus Falls I would encourage you to drive through. This particular grave is located in the west side of the cemetery towards the middle north to south. I did see some other Surratts near by....hoping for some more requests. Hint hint.
I'm very happy you enjoyed the pictures and I'm even happier I could help confirm some family history.
What a gratifying request this was. Thanks for the submission.

Added by DDM on Jul 17, 2016 1:55 PM
Re Long
Everyone that is anyone knows cousin Phyllis. She is amazing. Wish I were as good!
Her Great Grandpa and my Gr Gr Grandpa were brothers. She tracked me down in 2009. How on earth she found me, I will never know!
Small world! WOW!! I have Smith on both sides in my tree it would appear. I would love to exchange info. And know how Her Phyllis adds to my "Long" side. Is your wife still around? I would love to meet her and share?
So Great To meet new Cousins!!
Email me any time!! Huge Hugs!!
Added by Kathleen on Jun 16, 2016 5:19 PM
Ralph Hammond-Green
George William Peckham
Thank you for taking and posting the picture of the crypt and of his marker.
Added by Ralph Hammond-Green on Jun 09, 2016 1:25 PM
Thank you so very very much so very kind of you! Have a awesome week!
Added by Marijo on May 23, 2016 4:06 PM
Barbara Anne (Brownell) Potter
Thank you for finding and then transferring my family member. You are appreciated.
Added by Barbara Anne (Brownell) P... on May 09, 2016 8:19 PM
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