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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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steve s
Thanks for the transfers, John!
Added by steve s on Jul 04, 2015 12:13 AM
William Thomas
thank you so very much for taking the picture of William Thomas's headstone. :) Your effort is very much appreciated. I have put in a request for Paralee also. Thank you for honoring this veterans memory
Added by alliswell on Jun 26, 2015 4:28 PM
Martha McCaffrey Dobbins
Chattanooga National Cemetery
Thank you for your time and effort in locating and photographing Hughie tombstone. Have a good week!
Added by Martha McCaffrey Dobbins on Jun 22, 2015 10:33 AM
vivian sims
My last name is also Sims[by marriage]
Our son is also John. I have found a lot of very interesting people in my husbands tree.
There were many interesting stories.
I am trying to find more about Nelson R. Sims, who
is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Jo Daviess
Co. Illinois.
I believe that he is related.
Vivian Sims
Added by vivian sims on Jun 20, 2015 10:59 AM
StL Calvary
FYI, Stl Calvary has a couple MOH including
Clarke, Powhatah Henry
Flynn, James E
Gaienne, Louis Rene

Calvay has its fair share of Spanish Amer War Veterans, Marked and unmarked.

Happy hunting,
Added by Kathie on Jun 19, 2015 8:11 PM
Lt. Martin Jones
John, Thank you for taking the time to fill my request. It is very much appreciated. - Scott
Added by Boozie on Jun 18, 2015 12:17 PM
Martha McCaffrey Dobbins
Chattanooga National Cemetery
Thank you for your time and effort in locating and photographing Hughie tombstone. Many thanks for all your work for military. Have a good week!
Added by Martha McCaffrey Dobbins on Jun 18, 2015 11:25 AM
Diane Pedersen
Dillard Newsom
Thank you for his headstone photo. I appreciate you taking time to do this for me.
Added by Diane Pedersen on Jun 12, 2015 9:55 PM
will mathis
Thank You
so much for photo

Will Mathis
Added by will mathis on Jun 07, 2015 5:01 PM
Mark Peebles
Thank you very much for adding the information and links I requested. I more than appreciate it.


Mark Peebles
Added by Mark Peebles on Jun 06, 2015 4:36 AM
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