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Russ Pickett (#46575736)
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Bio Photo      I enter records here on Find A Grave for two reasons: First to help others find the graves of lost family members and second to remember our War Hero's who have "Given Their All" for our country!

When creating bio's for our war veterans I strive to make them as "accurate" as possible using all the records I can find for them.

A Delawarean by birth, A Soldier & Christian by choice, and a proud American patriot!

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Neglected graves are a shameful thing!

"Time will not dim the glory of their deeds."
General of the Armies, John J. Pershing

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Some think the reason I put a link to this page on bio’s that I worked on for the below soldiers & sailors is because I want to be noticed. “Not True”. I do it because I want to take responsibility for what I’ve written in case there are questions. Simple as that.

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I've completed the following States displaying World War II Soldiers & Sailors who died during the war:

Delawareans Who Gave Their All - WW II

Mainers Who Gave Their All - WW II

Marylanders Who Gave Their All - WW II

New Hampshirites Who Gave Their All - WW II

Vermonters Who Gave Their All - WW II

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I'm currently working on Connecticut, the District Of Columbia and the State of New York:

Connecticuter's Who Gave Their All - WW II

District Of Columbia's Who Gave Their All - WW II

New Yorkers Who Gave Their All - WW II

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Not A Word Spoken - None Needed
Support Our Veterans!!

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If you'd like me to fix any of the records that I maintain ... please click on the "Edit" button on the top right of the record, click on "Suggest a Correction" ... Enter your note and/or correction and I'll fix them as quickly as possible.

When requesting a transfer use the edit tab on the memorial and follow the below from F-A-G.

From F-A-G

"Explain your relationship in the request! Any non-direct relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc) are not required to be transferred. Keep in mind that the original contributor may also be related to the memorial and may not make the transfer. Bulk surname requests should not be made."

Also note from FAG rules:

"No photos of obituary's are allowed, No bio's in flower sections are allowed. The record added to the right cemetery first may stay and the burial unknown will be deleted regardless of the dates.

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     I'm currently working on updating and entered Soldiers and Sailors who "Gave Their All" during World War II. To see more on this project please click on my website below...

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     I originally started researching my Family Tree when my oldest son, Chris, came home from school one day and said that they had to write up their family tree as a project. This, of course, led me to many cemeteries and I quickly became interested in them also.

I've always enjoyed history and the two fell together.

     Again, If I've created a record that someone needs deleted (since some families do not want their loved ones on the internet) or that you want me to update please let me know and I'll be glad to update it for you.

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It's the SOLDIER,
not the reporter who has given us Freedom of the Press...

It's the SOLDIER,
not the poet, who has given us Freedom of Speech...

It's the SOLDIER,
not the campus organizer, who has given us the Freedom to Demonstrate...

It's the SOLDIER,
not the lawyer, who has given us the Right to a Fair Trial...

It's the SOLDIER who:

Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC

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Robert Dunford
Sgt. Gordon Neal Turner (#56349755)
Hello Russ.
Thanks for approving the additions to the memorial. I am not a relative but was in the parents cemetery and saw the inscription on the back of their memorial. I was curious to see if his memorial existed and am pleased to see it was. Everything seemed to match except one point. The inscription states that he was in 28th Div. and you have 29th.
I am not sure where he was born but in 1920 the US census has him living in Denmark, Lewis County, New York. He had a twin sister, Elizabeth, who is buried in the parents cemetery under Francis Elizabeth, died Oct. 4, 2000 (#116619065).
Bob Dunford
Added by Robert Dunford on Jan 16, 2017 3:58 PM
Joanie Hanby
RE: Sgt John Joseph Hanby
Thank you for updating his site. He was married to Ida L. Hanby (now deceased) at the time of his death.
Added by Joanie Hanby on Jan 15, 2017 9:24 AM
Edna Crawford King
Maine Military
Hi Russ, I just wanted to let you know that I added a couple of pictures to your inventory of names for that group of young men from Maine who died during WW2.
I was looking for information on a Navy friend of my dad's and Ancestry led me to the Univ of Maine 1945 Yearbook. I had no idea that his friend came from Maine or that his son (also serving in the Navy) was killed in 1972.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that you had added 2 out of the 3 that I checked out(the 3rd one surprised me by being buried in New Market VA-Benj F White, jr). Frank Koris also had a nick name listed on the page 'Parney'--I'd love to hear the story that goes with that. And I see you kept F.A.G. updated when Erwin Austin's remains were found in 2012; my husband said he remembers hearing about that at the time.. Thanks for your loving efforts; so no one is forgotten. Edna C King
Added by Edna Crawford King on Jan 14, 2017 6:20 PM
Raymond Teske
RE: Pvt. Charles Wersebe
Thank you. I will write bio info for the two you have listed by you. I hope you do not mind that I added the photo of the markers/crosses.
I am learning that writing there text requires 60 to 90 minutes for each one. (And I am only 73 and not retired.) My father left such a rich history and personal stories about many of the trooers. You may be aware that 438 members of the Chicago Black Horse Cavalry (horse component of the 106th Illinois National Guard) were federalized on 25 Nov. 1940 for one year of training. Many were businessmen, attorney, other professionals, etc. After one year a few used exemptions and went home--especially age. My father was eligible to go back to Chicago; however, he stayed. Took horses away in April 1942. Dad graduated from Wright College and was in ROTC. Twice they tried to make him and he refuse and did others. As of Christmas 1942 members of the regiment were fixed and these are the ones, with very few exceptions, that land at Normandy. Of the original more than 200 made it to Austria together. At times the Chicago newspaper embedded reporters following the original 438. At the end of the war the survived the war--regardless of the branch they transferred to (epecially if they became officers). On Sept. 15, 1945 they retuned to Fort Sheridan from around the world and discharged. The Chicago newspaper lists the names of about 384 who returned on that date. Believe it or not, they reformed as horse cavalry. They changed to tanks in 1948 and I have Dad's invitation to attend the ceremony. The mechanized component federalized in Urbana on the same date had about the same number in the end. In other words, they were together for the most part in units, platoons, etc. Because he was the troop radio technician, and the supply sergeant gave him his own jeep in England, Dad was everywhere--and they could not keep out of combat. Of course, the troop CP was always within mortar or cannon range of the Germans. Because he was out and about, including visiting friends in other troops, and constantly going back and forth to HQ, his world and knowledge were much broader than the average trooper. I have letters he received after the war and mother gave me mother than 200 letters--he tried to write her every day. There is a lot of rich material and details. My oldest son is helping me put together a web site and discussion board. That is all foreign to me. Some day he will take it on himself and keep it going. Now his generation, the grandchildren, are starting to connect.
Thanks for you help.
Added by Raymond Teske on Jan 14, 2017 10:46 AM
Janice Hollandsworth
Pvt Clark Wedger
Did you get my e-mail about his headstone application? For some reason it showed Outlook Team as the sender and I tried it twice but it went that way both times. It may be in your junk mail.
Added by Janice Hollandsworth on Jan 13, 2017 7:49 PM
carol fasc
Gerhard Grau
Hi...I added a headstone with a inscription for Gerhard (1920-1942) who was lost at sea during WWII..this is in Buffalo Cemetery in case you'd like to add to Erie County...Carol
Added by carol fasc on Jan 12, 2017 7:26 PM
Raymond Teske
Pvt. Charles Wersebe
Hi Russ,
My father served with Pvt. Wersebe in the 121st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. My wife and I traveled to france and visited the graves of all of the members of the 121/106 squadrons. My plan was to write the stories of each member of the two squadrons and put them on findagrave. The cemetery administration seemed so pleased. We even spent the night in St. Avold so we could catch the morning sun. And the assistant director went with us taking flags and sand to make the names visible. I noticed that you created a site for Pvt. Wersebe. You covered much of what I planned to include. I would like to add more if it will not offend you. I went ahead and added the photo my wife and I made of the cross since it is much better quality. Sadly, my father was very close to many of these men and left me memoirs and verbal stories. I have the Individual deceased personnel files, radio logs minute by minute for the entire war, history of training etc., after action reports, morning reports, and 1:25000 maps. Sometimes my wife and I find the foxholes they dug in forests.
Do you mind if I add more information?
I also hear from people seeking info about their loved ones and to date have helped a number of them with closure.
Raymond Teske, Jr.
Added by Raymond Teske on Jan 12, 2017 4:45 PM
Margaret Reed Maryott
Samuel Carter #13233333
Hi Russ, First I would like to thank you for all of the wonderful work and contributions that you have made to Find A Grave, especially the ones that you have made for my family. Samuel Carter is my third great grandfather and I thank you for making his memorial and the photo of his headstone. His wife is is Ann Voshell Carter, born on 1 Nov 1811 in Kent, Delaware. I made a memorial for her (106484115) and I was wondering if you had taken a photo of her grave or any other Carter family members near Samuel's grave.You have given me permission to use your photos in the past and I did not ask your permission to use Samuel's this time, please forgive me. What landmark is Cooper's Farm Cemetery near? I would appreciate hearing from you, Margie (Margaret) Maryott
Added by Margaret Reed Maryott on Jan 08, 2017 4:32 PM
RE: Inserting web links in bio's
Hi Russ, I see that particular grave record.

The grave records does not outline / discuss the steps on exactly how to insert hyper links into a bio.

Can you please tell me the exact steps on how to insert a hyperlink into a page?

Thank you.
Added by usafdo on Jan 08, 2017 3:49 AM
Inserting web links in bio's
Hi Russ, thank you for all the information you add to the graves of our fallen military personnel.

Can you please tell me how to inset a "hyperlink" in a find a grave record that connects to other records? Thank you, A. L. D.
Added by usafdo on Jan 07, 2017 6:43 PM
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