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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).
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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: www.navymemorial.org, www.usmm.org and www.uboat.net

I am currently creating memorials for other U.S. Merchant Mariners who died in WWII. I've recently found records on ancestry.com 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).
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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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rrfamilyhistory
RE: Mary and Norman Louderback
Thanks. Where the office said they were there was open space. I did not locate a headstone for any of the names you listed. I walked the rest of the section with no luck. Thanks again for the welcome.
Added by rrfamilyhistory on Nov 30, 2016 12:12 AM
Gray Chandler
Emma Bowling photo
Thanks for your quick response.
Gray
Added by Gray Chandler on Nov 01, 2016 8:00 PM
Lanie
Pinewood Memorial Park
Thank you for adding the Collier family grave photos from Pinewood Memorial Park. I really appreciate your doing so!
Added by Lanie on Oct 22, 2016 11:37 PM
M W Bencal
Augustus Warren "Gus" Darnell #87216400
Hi Patricia,

You have done an amazing job of documenting Gus Darnell in his memorial!

Gus' second wife, Mabel, affectionately known as Darnell, was the second wife of my husband's paternal uncle, John Robert "Jack" Bencal, Sr #145220238.

While researching Gus Darnell, I learned that a Liberty Ship was commission in honor of Gus as the SS Gus W. Darnell. The SS Gus W. Darnell was later commissioned as the USS Justin - - http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/46/46228.htm

I might not have the terminology right in the above paragraph. For that, please forgive me.

(I also need to do some updating on Mabel's memorial, which I will do as soon as I send you this message.)

I thought you might want to add to Gus' memorial that a Liberty ship was commission in his name.

Thank you for creating the wonderful memorial for Gus, and thank you for all that you do to remember those who have passed.

God Bless,
Maurene
Added by M W Bencal on Oct 13, 2016 10:21 AM
darealjolo
RE: Glen Mathews, Memorial #56292144
I cheated! It was from my 'library collection'as I call it!
Added by darealjolo on Oct 08, 2016 6:29 AM
Pamela Whitaker
RE: Greg Hamilton, Memorial # 159999937
It was my pleasure! I am glad that you like them.
Added by Pamela Whitaker on Oct 06, 2016 5:55 PM
ALLAN MORRIS
RE: Bobby Smith Nichols, Memorial #145114398
No relation to this family. I was a coworker of Bobby and had thought of him. I added the obituary to remember him with just a little more information for someone that might be researching his family in the future.
Added by ALLAN MORRIS on Oct 05, 2016 8:54 AM
Don Blauvelt
Josiah Wright, Jr. (c1756-1792)
Thank you very much Patricia! See also the inscription section of his memorial.
Added by Don Blauvelt on Sep 26, 2016 5:32 PM
darealjolo
RE: Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial Photos
This is something we have wanted to be able to do for years, but have only recently come across a program that allows this to be done. It does of course require considerable editing to ensure that the inscription is perfectly horizontal.
There used to be a program by which, instead of drawing the line around the inscription, the entire inscription line could be highlighted with colour.
We use yellow as we think that stands out best.
Kind regards
Added by darealjolo on Sep 23, 2016 9:32 AM
Don Blauvelt
RE: Cherry Hill Cemetery Survey
Hi Patricia,

Thanks for the note. On the web type in "Cemetery Survey of Pitt County." It should result in reference to digital copies in pdf form of both the 2007 Vol One and Vol Two published Pitt County Historical Society work. They are secured to prevent directly copying the text in them, but are fully searchable.

Regards
Added by Don Blauvelt on Sep 21, 2016 7:49 PM
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