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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 a volunteer docent at the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center located near my home.... I'm enjoying all the new things I'm learning about 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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I understand honoring all soldiers because they served. It wasn't always a choice.
Added by Dign_Up_Bones on Nov 27, 2016 6:35 PM
Emma Walling
Spanish Am War
Hi John,
While photographing yesterday I found a SP Am war Vet and thought I would forward the information to you.
Joseph R. Marling memorial # 28230362. Hope he is a new name for you.
Emma Walling
Added by Emma Walling on Nov 17, 2016 1:53 PM
Sharon Pilcher
Maj R M Tankesley #42022945
Thank you so much for posting the photo of the gravestone. I have recently documented new information regarding the CORRECT death date for Rufus Miller Tankesley. His gravestone shows the year "1914" (perhaps this was the year the stone was commissioned?) and many ancestry trees have DOD as 09/09/1914, however, his actual death date was April 18, 1905 as documented by several resources listed below:

• An “American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record” published in July 1905, lists his death date as April 18, 1905
• In the “Tennessee, City Death Records 1872-1923”, the hand-written record indexes his death as R W Tanksley (should be transcribed as R M Tankesley) on April 18, 1905 with cause of death ‘heart disease’ and burial at ‘city cemetery’ (aka Citizens Cemetery)
• The following data on Confederate soldiers from Hamilton County is taken from a book by Nat Hughes and John Wilson

"TANKESLEY, Major Rufus Miller Co. D, 37TN
Born June 10, 1836 in Dandridge, TN, son of Reuben and Sarah Emmeline Miller Tankesley, he moved to Chatt. with his parents in 1852 and worked as a clerk. He was known as an Union man prior to the war, however he enl. in Co. D, 37TN. He became ill in Aug., 1862 and was furloughed to the CSA Army Hosp. at Catoosa Springs near Ringgold, GA. Though he almost died, he recovered after four months and was given command of the Catoosa Springs facility. He ended his tenure at the hospital on April 30, 1863, and rejoined his unit. At Chickamauga, he rallied on troops after the company's lieutenant colonel was struck down. He fought at Missionary Ridge and throughout the Atlanta campaign. On Dec. 1, 1863, he was promoted to major. At Jonesboro, GA, he was wounded in the side and hospitalized two months. He returned to fight at Franklin and Nashville. He was at the final surrender in North Carolina.
Afterwards, he returned to Chatt. and was general agent for the Southern Express Co. He also served as constable and was Circuit Court clerk. He was in the grocery business, real estate and had a medicine company. His wife was Addie R. Fouts. He died April 18, 1905 in Chatt.[CT, April 19, 1905; Robin Rudd, "City's Rufus Tankesley Survived Civil War Hardship,"]"

I would appreciate your help in changing the death date and feel free to include this documentation or specifically the information concerning his life (from Nat Hughes & John Wilson)

Sharon Pilcher

Added by Sharon Pilcher on Nov 15, 2016 5:26 AM
Kathleen Susan Dew Dempsey
RE: 5-26-13
Thank you
Added by Kathleen Susan Dew Dempse... on Nov 02, 2016 6:51 AM
RE: Jerry Bell
Submitted Edits for him. It takes awhile to do research on someone. As I research a memorial I input the information on the memorial as I find it.
That's why I was asking for a transfer, since it appears that nothing was being done.
Added by Tony on Oct 22, 2016 5:09 PM
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Hi John, Thank you so much for the photos you posted, and for helping us link Emmett to his family! Such wonderful work! We have just gained approval for my brother Jim to be linked to our Dad, and then we'll also request that Jim's son Jae be linked to Jim. That will make a 6-generation link up.
I have a question about linking Henry Russell Rowell to his wife, Martha. I see you've shared the identity of her parents on her memorial. Will that information disappear just by linking Henry and Martha together? I hope not, because it is valuable information to know, and we are planning to add the names of Emmett's and Ada's 8 sons to their memorials. So I hope that addition doesn't jeopardize any of the information thereon.
Our family is well. Two of my sisters and I just made a trip to GA to solve a few of our genealogical mysteries. We loved the on-the-scene research - 10 cemeteries, 1 courthouse, and 1 library. Thank you so much for your assistance.
Warm regards,
Added by bonniebeyond on Oct 22, 2016 5:05 PM
RE: Tate Delay
Thank you anyway
Added by Nannymomma on Oct 17, 2016 9:05 PM
Art Block
14 Civil War Soldiers
Thanks so much for the photos of the "unknown gravestones" for 14 of the soldiers of the 14th OH Volunteer Infantry who were all killed during the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863. I really like how you composed the photos. During that battle, a total of 45 men of the 14th OH were killed in action--essentially, all of them are "unknowns" as to exactly where they are buried. Another 25 men died of their wounds soon after the battle. Another 7 men just disappeared forever in the immense confusion of the second bloodiest battle of the Civil War--one of those 7 was my great grandmother's brother. Another 17 died as POWs, most at Andersonville. One soldier who survived Andersonville was killed by the explosion on the Sultana on the Mississippi River soon after he was exchanged. Another 160 men were wounded, but survived that wound. And, another 20 were reported as missing, most of those were POWs who survived. Out of 460 men of the 14th OH Volunteer Infantry who went into the battle, about 275 of them became casualties, 60% of the men of the 14th OH. My great grandfather was one of those who survived without a scratch.
Again, thanks so much.
Added by Art Block on Oct 13, 2016 10:54 AM
Patsy James
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I was wondering what it would cost to have a cross put on a headstone that already has been put up?
Added by Patsy James on Oct 10, 2016 8:18 PM
Suzanne A
RE: Amos P. Williams
Hi! I'm late in thanking you for your extraordinary effort in respect of my request for a photo for Amos P Williams. Your response was the fastest turn-around for a request I have ever experienced on findagrave. I did attempt to thank you that day, but had unwittingly tapped the wrong button and my message was misdirected.

Thank you so much for your efforts in supplying the information you added to the memorial. This is the soldier I was seeking, and although I didn't say it in my request, I was looking for his cause of death and wanted to learn if he had died in the field hospital or had been transferred to a general hospital. I was absolutely delighted to get all of this detail from you.

You have my deepest thanks. I hope you find much personal satisfaction in the service you provide to findagrave, you deserve it! SuzanneA
Added by Suzanne A on Oct 06, 2016 7:19 AM
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