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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.

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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T Burt
RE: Photo Request
You're welcome! It's always interesting to find the stones. Have a great day! ~Terry
Added by T Burt on May 27, 2015 9:45 PM
Marjorie Crews
Thanks so much for adding her parents. I greatly appreciate it.
Added by Marjorie Crews on May 24, 2015 4:55 PM
Wendi Preston
Can't thank you enough!
Thank you so very much for listing my father's grave on here. Barry R Preston in the Fort Custer Cemetary. My step-mother decided that his children (myself and my sister) didn't need to know that he had died. No information was given to his family and friends regarding his service, memorial or obituary. I have been hunting relentlessly for this information ever since I was told via text that he had passed away. I don't even know specifically how he died. My heart is shattered. He was my hero, my bigger than life fairy tale father. He was my mentor, my friend, my defender. I never got the chance to say goodbye. A friend was able to take a picture of his headstone for me and I put it on here. I live in Idaho and he is in Michigan, where we were born. I'm going back there in August to see him and now finally get a chance to say goodbye. I want to hold a service for all of his family and friends that didn't get that opportunity. My heart will never heal because he's not coming back but maybe, just maybe, it will feel a little bit better after I do this. I hope so. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart. I'm sharing this link with my family. Maybe it will help them too. Sincerely, Wendi
Added by Wendi Preston on May 21, 2015 3:48 PM
Florida Boy 64
Ralph Vitch
When you can please leave a flower for Ralph Vitch 57126129 he was in the June 27 1969 issue of Life magazine Vietnam faces of the American dead. Thank You
Added by Florida Boy 64 on May 20, 2015 11:26 AM
Michele Cull
RE: Harry Maxwell Dobson
My apologies for such a long winded response. I tend to get a little carried away when it comes to that family!
Added by Michele Cull on May 20, 2015 8:15 AM
Michele Cull
RE: Harry Maxwell Dobson
Mr. Dobson was the grandson of George Dobson who was a Scottish immigrant. He served as a captain in the 10th Mississippi Infantry. George was in the battle of Munfordville KY along with his brother in law, Col. Robert A Smith. Robert was mortally wounded at that battle. George stayed with him until he died.
My husband started portraying the 7th MS, part of the same brigade, because he wanted to be in a group that actually fought in KY. In researching Chalmers' Brigade, we found out about George and Robert. Robert's family was very well off (rich!) and well documented, including photos.
George became my mini obsession. There are letters at the MS archives that George sent home throughout the war. I have been transcribing these off and on for years. He had a hard time. There are also a few letters from his children. I wanted to document George and his family as much as I could, so I started looking for descendents. After George died in TX, Jane and the children went to England to live with her father. Madison (Mac) ended up back in the states, married Lilly Thramplefeller and had Harry. Mac died of TB before Harry was a teenager. I found a newspaper inquiry about the sword in a file at the archives. Later, at a Civil War relics show, we found the man who owned the sword and I got to see it up close and personal.
I have always felt something for George and his family and I fell that they are part of my family. Harry's yearbook photos and one photo of his grandmother Jane are the only ones I have found of the Dobsons. I have not been able locate a gravesite for George.
More than you wanted to know, but there it is!

Added by Michele Cull on May 20, 2015 8:01 AM
C. S. Manske
RE: Photo Request
The other side of Mark's gravestone has an inscription for A. M. Kulp. Plus there are 3 other Kulps next to his stone. I am posting photos to them as well.
Added by C. S. Manske on May 18, 2015 8:56 AM
Christina Ray
Margaret Jane Childress Bedwell
Thank you for the photo of her headstone, it is very much appreciated.
Added by Christina Ray on May 14, 2015 1:49 PM
RE: Reply to Question
Thanks John. I am so glad you are keeping up the good work on the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Thank you for all you do. It is a great service to the country, those who served, and the families and descendents of these military members.

Added by Janet on May 09, 2015 11:16 AM
Charlie Suggs
Grave photo for Rosalee Suggs Webb

A sincere "Thanks" for taking the gravesite photo of my late Aunt Rose. Oddly her last sister passed this past Monday in Virginia Beach at the age of 81 yrs old. My Dad which is a brother to them and another sister that passed last October will appreciate this post. I am starting to trace His family and my Mothers which both are still with us. This will be added to Aunt Rose's parents Find A Grave link in the near future. Again Thanking you so much. Maybe I can return the favor someday. I live in Jacksonville, FL.

Charlie Suggs
Added by Charlie Suggs on May 01, 2015 7:54 PM
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