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John S. Sims (#47168005)
 member for 6 years, 5 months, 26 days
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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 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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Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Henry Sappel
Thanks for taking the time to get this great photo!
Dave T.
Added by Sons of Union Veterans of... on Feb 11, 2016 2:25 PM
Rebecca C. M.
Leroy Chappel
Thank you for the transfer of my Uncle Leroy. He was very dear to me. Thank You
Added by Rebecca C. M. on Jan 18, 2016 9:48 PM
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Just a note to let you know that I have added the grave photos of Paul & Hattie Spencer Seymore, William & Christine Spencer Jackson and Emmitt & Virginia Spencer Jewell to the family tree on Thank you for being so generous with the photos you have taken!
Added by Kay on Jan 17, 2016 2:08 PM
Thomas W. Morrow 71980157
Thank you for the photo of my cousin's monument in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Your time and interest are very much appreciated.
Added by Anonymous on Jan 04, 2016 9:25 AM
Glenn M. Massey
David Latter & Norma Ellen Baldock Hixon # 2983496, 143334484

Thank you so much for helping my family and I with our memorial photo request. We love the photos. God Bless. Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year.
Added by Glenn M. Massey on Dec 30, 2015 9:28 AM
James Robert Headrick
Thank you for taking the photo of James Robert Headrick's headstone for me. I appreciate that you are so willing to help others with their family research
Added by Teresa on Dec 29, 2015 5:55 PM
Dave Lehman
Milo Gorton #68517339

Thank you so much for all of your time and effort in obtaining the grave photo for Milo. Words cannot fully express the gratitude felt for your efforts. I list you among my friends at Find A Grave!
Added by Dave Lehman on Dec 29, 2015 2:47 PM
Douglas Dudewicz
McConnell Burial Photo
Thank you for the headstone photograph from Chattanooga National Cemetery. Doug Dudewicz
Added by Douglas Dudewicz on Dec 29, 2015 1:32 PM
Barbara Tynes Claiborne
Clarence Herman Cantrell
Thank you. Clarence Wilson Cantrell has been returned to his parents in Hickman County. God Bless
Added by Barbara Tynes Claiborne on Dec 20, 2015 7:10 PM
Sammy Boyd, Genealogist
Opal (Perkins) Boyd - Photo Request

Thank you for photographing Opal's monument and adding the picture to her memorial.


Added by Sammy Boyd, Genealogist on Dec 19, 2015 5:26 AM
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