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Patricia O'Neal (#47113049)
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Bio Photo Family names that I'm researching are OSBORN (CT), O'NEAL (FL, AL, GA) IVES (FL), NC), TUTTLE (NC), MACKEY (FL, SC), DUNN and BARDIN (both AL), as well as McKEE (McKEY), MILLS, STEWART and CORNELLS (AL). I'm also researching BROYLES (VA, TN) and especially SHIPP (VA).
I have completed the Lost Ships project, which includes a memorial for each man aboard the 33 US merchant ships that were "lost" during World War II. These memorials contain information about each ship and its fate, information that many of the families of the merchant seamen never knew. These men have neither cemetery nor grave, only the ocean; their families have no piece of earth to adorn in memory of their lost loved one. I hope these memorials will somehow help to ease that loss.

See the list of virtual cemeteries on the right for names of the ships. The 'Lost Ships' are all identified by (L) after the name of the ship.
My main sources:, and

I am currently creating memorials for other U.S. Merchant Mariners who died in WWII. I've recently found records on that lists the race and nationality of many mariners so I am including this information for any mariner who is listed as 'Negro', 'Black or 'African' in the hope that it will help those of African ancestry to identify their family member(s).
NOTE: Any photo that I post to this website is free to be used by anyone. I gladly donate them, as well as any biographical information, to further genealogical research. I believe family histories, public records, archived newspapers and anything else that contributes to the gathering of genealogy should be free and accessible by the public. That being said, it's not just a necessity for record keeping and provenance to acknowledge any source, but it's common courtesy to give due credit to other genealogists/historians that we 'borrow' from.

Although the administrators of findagrave don't consider this a genealogy website, that is precisely what it has become for many of us. AND IT'S FREE. In fact, this is one of the very few websites with genealogy data that has remained free for everyone. For this reason, I'm especially grateful for findagrave, and to all of its volunteers and contributors - "Thank you."

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RE: Jane M. Curran, Memorial #150349766
You are very welcome.
Added by CBontemps on Aug 31, 2016 6:21 AM
Jo Ann Kaufman
Excellent work!
Thank you so much for connecting the Carl Jakubowski dots so thoroughly. Your Lost Ships project has taught me much that I never knew about my aunt's brother.
Added by Jo Ann Kaufman on Aug 17, 2016 9:51 AM
thomas mueller
Robert Henry Mueller Svce#Z19583/70495745

Thank you so very much for the detailed account of the ill-fated MSTS Coamo.

At last I can now visit a grave marked for my dad; that being the site in Battery Park. Both yourself and the ABMC have been an enormous help in this respect.

A question, if I may - where or from whom did you learn that the Coamo was awarded a Gallant ship citation bar?

Kind regards,
Thomas Mueller
Edwin J.O'hara Chapter
Added by thomas mueller on Aug 05, 2016 10:32 AM
Patrick marker
Thank you very much for the marker photo for Edgar Eli Patrick and Helen Louise Jordan Patrick. Appreciate it very much!
Added by Janet on Jul 27, 2016 11:51 PM
Donna McPherson
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I do not follow the guidelines of Findagrave. I feel if someone can add info just go for it. Should you need others please let me know.
Added by Donna McPherson on Jun 02, 2016 4:04 PM
Peter Morgan
John Madden in Shepherd
Hi Patricia,

I am about to fulfill your request for a photo of the marker of John Madden. As you will see, there are a number of Maddens listed, also on the reverse side. If there are memorials created, I will upload the photos. If not and you want to create memorials & submit photo requests, I will gladly claim them and upload the photo.

Added by Peter Morgan on May 29, 2016 5:35 AM
Dale J. Carrigan
Dear Patricia,

You're doing wonderful work in posting info on the crews of "lost ships." I had never heard about Dale Carrigan and his loss on the Louise Lykes, and neither had other locals around Buffalo Lake, MN. I'm guessing it involved operational security. I'm going to read your research at our Memorial Day services on Monday. Thank you very much!

Alan R. Koenig
PhD, History, UNL, 1995
Added by Redleg on May 28, 2016 10:05 PM
RE: Don Roy Laws, Memorial #76980623
I just sent you email about Don Law's memorial instead of using the Public Message method because it is rather detailed answering some "No Reply" type questions that you sent to me. After reading my email message, we can work out the best way to combine all the information onto a single Find A Grave memorial. If you will please transfer the one you made I will update it with family information and then delete the duplicate that I made.
Added by Sherlock on May 28, 2016 9:02 AM
Memorial 76980623
I did not see the memorial you made for Don Laws when I made memorial 151544852 on 9-1-15. Just saw your memorial today. My memorial had him attached to his parents and siblings. Your memorial had information about his ship and other details I did not know about. Is there a way to merge the duplicates so not lose all this information?
Added by Sherlock on May 24, 2016 6:47 AM
Patrick Patterson
RE: VanBuren W. Etheridge, Memorial #74904592
My pleasure and I would be happy to hear of the outcome of your project. Very interesting. I have a friend from NC GENWEB that also documents graves in NC. I am sure she would be very interested in your project as well. This is wonderful research because it is available to everyone from volunteers like yourself. Pat Patterson
Added by Patrick Patterson on May 15, 2016 4:43 PM
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