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Michael V Drachman (#47533584)
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Bio Photo These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They may or may not sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead.

~ Robert G. Ingersoll


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For me a simple attribution, Michael V. Drachman 2000-2015 works for any of my bio's for personal use. (Pictures ).

Should you use my pictures and wish to publish them elsewhere, say Ancestry or other similar PAY sites, please,, Post the link to the site here at Find A Grave..

Please remember that even though Ancestry has acquired Findagrave, Ancestry is a pay site, posting pictures there, or similar pay sites, transfers your ownership, like FB. This is mentioned (in very fine print) in all of their disclosures.

Findagrave was built by thousands of volunteers who's time was donated for the benefit of family members and friends,,who in many cases are not able to visit the resting places of their family members. These efforts were always intended to be free of charge and should remain that way,,,,,

"I have a burr under the Saddle on this one" that being pay sites "profiting" from Volunteers work....


In the end, never let yourself become complacent to those who have went before us. Always make time to remember the sacrifices that have been made for us by our Ancestors.

Never forget the Men and Women of our Armed Forces who have guarded our Constitution with their lives, some giving all to secure our rights, liberties and freedoms.

Remember the 100's of thousands soldiers who never came home, many who lie in a unmarked graves, never found or a foreign cemetery as that would indeed make those lives,, lost in vein... Reach out,, honor a Veteran.

Allow us not to embrace any politician. aristocrat, celebrity, who in the name of change, forgets or attempts to direct us to think otherwise..

A Nation which forgets its Defenders,
will itself be forgotten ..

.. God bless America..

"Remembering some Hero's"

Christopher (Chris) Scott Kyle 1974 ~ 2013

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Re: Manuel A Vigil
Thank you for the information regarding Manuel A Vigil. Not only does VA list him at UVMP his obituary also says he was buried there. I have remove the plot information but left him at UVMP.
Added by J on Jun 29, 2015 8:59 PM
Marsha Rigby
RE: Linking
My grandfather was very in to genealogy and researched his family back to the 1400's. It's all on Thora's ancestors only go to the 1700's and 1800's. Thora's father is Eduard Vilhelm Andreas Pfeiffer 10 Jul 1842 Kobenhavn, Denmark died 30 Mar 1898. Her mother is Alvilda Marianne Sendrup 2 May 1842 Kobenhavn, Denmark died 17 Mar 1883. Thora married Morten Andreas Carl Nicolaysen 22 Apr 1876 Skive, Viborg, Denmark died 19 Aug 1941 Salt Lake City, Utah. His father is Nicolai Sophus Nicolaysen 27 Nov 1838 Ydbye, Thisted, Denmark died 18 Sep 1913 Viborg, Denmark. His mother Johanne Rosine Amalie Fischer 22 May 1843 Logstor, Aalbor, Denmark died 16 Sep 1925. You are welcome to look at them and see if there is anything else of interest. Thanks
Added by Marsha Rigby on Jun 28, 2015 9:32 PM
Marsha Rigby
RE: Linking
Instead of linking them can you just add him as her brother in a comment? I'll see if I can do the same on his memorial and add Thora to his comments as a sister.
Added by Marsha Rigby on Jun 28, 2015 12:53 PM
Marsha Rigby
RE: Linking
Thora and Valdemar came to America in 1905. In fact we didn't know Valdemar came to American until we started looking for Thora's immigration records. So their parents are not here in America. They were born and died in Denmark. I know you have to have the parents memorial numbers to link children to them, but is there no way to link the children? Maybe something Find a Grave needs to work on. I would think that if you had a number you could link to it.
Added by Marsha Rigby on Jun 28, 2015 12:47 PM
Ernie Jones
Veteran's market photo
Thank you so much for the photo on Lt Decker's Memorial. Everyone appreciates the work you do. Many thanks.
Added by Ernie Jones on Jun 27, 2015 10:54 AM
Andy Wolf
Wilfert Rupprecht
Thanks very much for the photo it is greatly appreciated. This was an unknown fact in our family's history!
Added by Andy Wolf on Jun 26, 2015 5:54 AM
Melody Cope Tuft
Moses Ludlow, memorial #60505682
I left a copy of Moses Ludlow's obituary to add to his memorial. Moses is my great-grandfather. I would be willing to manage his memorial, along with his wife, Alice Wesson Ludlow, if you are not related.

I also noticed you do a lot for our armed servicemen and women. THANK YOU!

Melody Tuft
Added by Melody Cope Tuft on Jun 18, 2015 5:59 PM
RE: Vets buried abroad
The only photo I have is a poor quality yearbook scan from the Tacoma Public Library--if I ever get there I'll get one of better quality. Or, I do have one when he was a very young child with his father and grandfather. Family members do not seem to have any. I think my father-in-law decided that we wouldn't be interested in the more extended family photos.
Added by markinch on Jun 16, 2015 12:34 PM
Valerie Krouth Miller
Headstone Photo Update Needed
Hi Michael, We had corresponded last year as you took the photo of my dad's headstone at the Veterans Cemetery in Bluffdale and uploaded it. The cemetery had accidentally put in the incorrect headstone and the new headstone is in place now. Would you please take a photo of the new headstone and upload it in place of the incorrect one which stated my dad was a defender of FACE, family & freedom instead of FAITH, family & freedom. His is memorial #133652829 Major Harold Walter (Hal) Krouth. I live out of state so I cannot do it for myself. Thanks so much for your time! Here is my previous message if you need it...

Many Thanks
Dear Michael,
Thank you so much for not only adding the photo of my dad's gravestone (Harold Walter Krouth)but also his photos and explanations of his AF medals. You went above and beyond the call!

Unfortunately, upon further inspection, there is a major mistake on his gravestone so my mother has put in a written request for a corrected one. Would you be willing to take a new photo of the corrected gravestone when it is installed? I live out of state and cannot do it myself. My email is if you wish to contact me privately. Thanks again for all you do for others! Valerie Krouth Miller
Added by Valerie Krouth Miller on Jun 16, 2015 11:29 AM
RE: Thank you!
I really do appreciate it, Michael. So many promising young men did not return. Are you in the US or Europe? I do know that the Dutch have the most amazing appreciation for the price paid by American soldiers in WWII. There is even a waiting list to "adopt" Dutch graves of US soldiers.

I've wanted to establish something that would be lasting, as this young man doesn't have any close relatives left (his only sibling died of congenital heart weakness 10 years before he did). Two cousins were named for him, but they are aging out now, too, and never knew him, of course.

So thank you for all you're doing to respect these folks and keep these memories alive.
Added by markinch on Jun 15, 2015 5:56 PM
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