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Salvarsan (#47181938)
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Army Blanket, Olive Drab - 1922

You have my expressed permission to use any of my photos (or the following commentary):

Who would hold hostage - under the fictive pretense of copyright - the photo of a grave stone?

I have not changed my opinion on copyright, but for those of you who feel strongly about protecting your copyright...

Have you noticed that Ancestry is posting ALL of your copyright-protected photos on their profit-driven website?

Why isn't that a violation of your copyright?

The only valuable grave stone photo: Jimmy Hoffa

Sick and obnoxious: creating a memorial page for somebody you know is still alive.


King, Wisconsin

As of 15 Jun 2013, I have photographed every visible headstone in this cemetery - all have been posted.

That's over 6,500 headstones.

With that many photographs, they can't all be "great".

If you would like me to take a more thoughtful photograph - better lighting, background, grass trimmed away, etc - feel free to ask.

I have researched every headstone up to and including Word War I. I have published two books, which list all of these burials and include selected biographical sketches and cross-reference lists:

The Muffled Drum (Civil War) 2013

The Ghostly Bugles (Indian Wars thru WWI) 2014


For context, see the message I received on 8 Jan 2015, from an account holder who believes "military rank is meaningless", military service should "forgotten", and that you must die in a war to have rank applied to your memorial.

Following military customs and courtesies, men and women who died while in service should have their rank applied to their memorial page as a prefix.

Following military customs and courtesies, and federal law; men and women who RETIRED from the military are also authorized to "take their rank with them" after their service. Their rank should also be applied to their memorial page as a prefix.

RETIRED could mean a 20-30+ year career of honorable service, or it could mean a much shorter service period that ended in a medical retirement - eg, a Private who suffered a severe combat wound before serving even a year.

Of course, if the deceased veteran had expressed another preference, then it should be honored.

TO FINDAGRAVE: The drop-down choices for PREFIX need to be updated, corrected, and appended. There is "WO" and "CWO", but only one kind of Lieutenant? Only 2 kinds of SGT? Since when is CORP an appropriate abbreviation for Corporal? (should be CPL)


Oft I remember those I have known
In other days, to whom my heart was lead
As by a magnet, and who are not dead,
But absent, and their memories overgrown.

With other thoughts and troubles of my own,
As graves with grasses are, and at their head
The stone with moss and lichens so o'er spread,
Nothing is legible but the name alone.

And is it so with them? After long years.
Do they remember me in the same way,
And is the memory pleasant as to me?

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Michael Goodnight
Well, I guess that settles it then. A person caught up in a bureaucratic snafu on their last name. Thanks for the research!
Added by Michael Goodnight on Feb 23, 2015 5:13 PM
Betty Paulsen
Is there a way I could get a copy from you of his papers. If not that is fine.
Added by Betty Paulsen on Feb 23, 2015 4:22 PM
Betty Paulsen
Thank you, I will change it on my records. Thanks for checking to make sure. I appreciate it. I wish
Betty Paulsen
Added by Betty Paulsen on Feb 23, 2015 4:16 PM
Betty Paulsen
RE: Jacob HORN vs HOM
Thank you so much for your help.
Added by Betty Paulsen on Jan 28, 2015 2:10 PM
Julie Mofle
Rentmeester Transfers
Thank you very much for the transfer of the Richard and Geraldine Rentmeester memorials. I am their only family member who is active on Find A Grave and I am sure when I show them to their children, they will be touched by the tributes. You did a wonderful job on both and I will take good care of them and add some photos, too.
Again, thank you!

Added by Julie Mofle on Jan 14, 2015 4:13 AM
Cheryl Ayres
Re: Military Rank
You are talking about something that has no baring on their service at all, it is just a rank which is meaningless, it doesn't tell anything about a person, it doesn't tell what battles were fought or what war, medals earned or wounds. As I said before, I am not ignoring their service. The rank isn't in the name category, it is in the bio section. It is still being honored & isn't being disrespectful. Pride goeth before the fall, to much pride is a weakness, love is much stronger in winning a war. So your saying that birth,death & marriage records should be changed to enter a rank because of military service. Why not recognize it 18 to 20 years before you chose to serve on your birth certificate, or on death certificate 50 years after your service ended. Yes their are soldiers that have been maimed, that happens in wars but there is more to a person's life than the ugliness that I am sure they wished had never happened. I have a brother-in-law that won't even talk about his experience in Vietnam, he wants to forget, it was too horrifying, so you think on his memorial he should have rank added to his name because he served his country when I know that he wanted to forget? You cannot assume everyone wants to be prideful of their military service. If I had memorials in national cemeteries ( of which I don't), yes I would put a rank because it shows that they want it recognized & most likely were career soldiers but not in private cemeteries where the majority only served maybe 2 to 4 years & wish to forget. It isn't the families fault that they can't afford a different gravestone. A more fitting honor is a simple note thanking them on their memorials for protecting you rather a meaningless rank added to their name, it would mean much more. People should be remembered for what kind of person they were in life with happy memories & not just military service & ugly war. You can think what you want, I am very patriotic but chose a different way of honoring then you. I chose to honor with a more human & total life accomplishment of a person's life than just a total military standpoint. You have every right to do what you want to your memorials which I respect & have no intention to change your opinion, don't try to bully others to do your will, be respectful to others opinions even if you do not agree. Thank God, our forefathers created the constitution to protect my rights. I do understand your point I just respectfully disagree & wish you would also be respectful of my point of which so far you have not, everyone has different points of view. I have only responded to give you a better understanding of my points of view not to argue. Please respect.
Added by Cheryl Ayres on Jan 08, 2015 11:20 PM
John Van De Loop
LTC Allan B. Ellis
Hello. I am researching early Wisconsin National Guardsmen and I came across LTC Ellis on this site. Can you tell me from where you got his photo? I am trying to identify an officer from the same time period of whom I have a photo and know his rank and branch, but have no name. Was hoping you could direct me to another source that I may peruse for the gentleman for whom I am searching. Thanks!
Added by John Van De Loop on Dec 10, 2014 2:53 PM
Nadeen Sobottka
Jacob Schwingler
Hi Jim, you'd probably already assumed that I've added the additional information to all the Civil War Vets that you have provided. On this last fella, Jacob, you've made a notation that the 2nd Ind. Batt. should be 3 Ind. Batt. The stones does read 3, it's just difficult to read. Regards, Nadeen
Added by Nadeen Sobottka on Nov 22, 2014 6:50 AM
Johnny James
Vetrans Recognition
First of all thanks for doing a wonderful and long ednurinf=g task of taking that many photos at one cemetery.

I find so many Find A Grave contibuters do not put in the BIO's of people the military experience (even if it is only just WW2, Civil War, etc. - anything else is a plus)or post the photo of military plaque, etc. that sits along side the gravestone.
I feel this a dis-respect to those that served no matter what role they played in the wars - they were there and faced death from direct attack or disease - like so many did in the early wars of this country.

I completely agree - our copyrighted photos are no longer copyrighted as the biggest breaker of the law is - WHO IS IN FOR THE PROFIT.
But I have found others who do it as well as cemetery associations have done such as well whether they hired someone or not, they have them.

Keep up the good work.

Added by Johnny James on Nov 22, 2014 1:41 AM
Nancy Singh (mom
James Warren Crum
Thank you so very much for taking a pic of my great uncle's headstone. I have so many fond memories of him and seeing this photo means so much to me.
Added by Nancy Singh (mom on Nov 12, 2014 8:27 AM
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