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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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Betty (South) Young
Info. on Wm. Reissmann

Thank you for the information of William Reissmann.

I appreciate it very much.

Thanks again,

Betty (South) Young
Added by Betty (South) Young on May 04, 2015 6:42 PM
Andrew Daft
Forest Cemetery
Thank you for all of the photos! I received your corrections, but my computer is under repair so I won't be able to get to them for a few days.
Added by Andrew Daft on May 04, 2015 6:38 PM
Stephanie (Smithhart) Southerland
Woodrow Wesco
Thank you so much!
Added by Stephanie (Smithhart) Sou... on May 04, 2015 4:59 PM
Stephanie (Smithhart) Southerland
Ella Wesco
Really appreciate you taking the time to take these pictures! Thank You!
Added by Stephanie (Smithhart) Sou... on May 04, 2015 4:54 PM
Stephanie (Smithhart) Southerland
Lesley Wesco
Thank you so much for the pictures, very much appreciated!

Added by Stephanie (Smithhart) Sou... on May 04, 2015 4:52 PM
Michael Arthur
RE: Peter Sorenson #103003583
saw the pic you sent for eva and emma Sorenson...thanks very much but is it possible to get a pic of the headstones where i can read whats on them...thanks again
Added by Michael Arthur on May 02, 2015 6:50 PM
Michael Arthur
RE: Peter Sorenson #103003583
his wife would be a big help...thanks
Added by Michael Arthur on May 02, 2015 6:36 PM
RE: Teal
The link worked - thanks! What an interesting read.
Added by myWIgenealogy on Apr 29, 2015 8:23 PM
thanks for that really informative bit about William Teal. It was pretty amazing to read. Are you related to him? He is the father of two girls who married into my family tree.

Thanks for sharing all that information... It really makes a memorial feel like they were a person with a story and not just a page.

Added by myWIgenealogy on Apr 28, 2015 2:04 AM
Reverend Larry
Thank You!
I laughed when I read your opinion. I agree!
Please keep on shooting your pictures.
Cpl Lawrence Taylor, USMC 1967-1969
Added by Reverend Larry on Apr 26, 2015 10:35 AM
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