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Patricia O (#47113049)
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Bio Photo My mother (OSBORN) was from NC and my father (O'NEAL) was from AL/FL. Other family names I'm researching are IVES, TUTTLE, MACKEY, DUNN and BARDIN, as well as McKEE (McKEY), MILLS and STEWART. My mother left a hand written history of her life, some genealogy her grandmother had recorded, and the beginnings of her father's genealogy. It was enough to get me started a few years ago and now "the quest" is my passion.
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. My goal now is to transfer these memorials to the families so that their biographical information can be included and they can be linked to their loved ones.
See the list of virtual cemeteries on the right for names of the ships.
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NOTE: Any photo that I have posted 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 open to the public. For this reason, I'm especially grateful for this website, and to all of its contributors - "Thank you."

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Eric Leindecker
RE: Lizzie Morris, Memorial #105327410
My main sources come from I look at/for birth & death certs along with anything else I can find. Then I compare what I find to make sure it all seems right. It is surprising how many of them can be wrong.
Added by Eric Leindecker on Jul 23, 2014 9:27 PM
Tim Allen
Frank Archie Zamora, #75073555

Thanks for adding the information to his memorial. I'm not related so definitely no need to transfer but thanks for the offer. I was actually creating a memorial for the older son Joe Ernest because I have a copy of his death certificate which led to finding the whole family on a tree in Also, the family tree shows his name as Francisco Archibaldo but there was no verification of the name spelled that way. I thought that was a very interesting story of how he died.

Take care,

Added by Tim Allen on Jul 15, 2014 4:42 PM
RE: Marvin Daniel Smith, Memorial #86281859
Thank you for the transfer.

Added by Allan on Jul 01, 2014 10:43 PM
RE: Marvin Smith Memorial

Thanks for the offer. If Marvin Smith is not related to you I would be happy to have him.

Added by Allan on Jul 01, 2014 1:27 PM
Tracie Curnell
Stephen F Glover
I'm not related, but I've been trying to photograph 2 local cemeteries and get them all on Find A Grave. I'm very aware that WWI and WWII casualties could not be shipped home for burial so each stone I run into is a memorial stone, and that lead me to trying to find them and link them internationally to their actual burial sites.I appreciate the work you've done.

Tracie Curnell
Added by Tracie Curnell on Jun 19, 2014 12:14 PM
Dwane Carrell
wall pic added
Added by darealjolo on Jun 02, 2014 11:00 AM
Dwane Carrell
wall pic added
Added by darealjolo on Jun 02, 2014 10:03 AM
Douglas C. Johnson
Cecil Harold Morgan, Jr.
Thanks for the excellent image of the grave marker of Cecil Harold Morgan, Jr. at Pinewood Memorial Park in Greenville, Pitt County, North Carolina. And after reading your Bio., thanks for a lot that you do.
Tanks again,
Added by Douglas C. Johnson on May 28, 2014 2:03 PM
A Harrington
RE: Jeremiah Joseph Harrington, Memorial #70973539
Hello Patricia,

Jeremiah Joseph Harrington was my uncle that I never knew. He was my father's oldest brother. Their family lived in Charlestown, MA. Jeremiah (Miah) was so young when he died. You can transfer ownership to me if you'd like. I may have some additional information to add. I hope people realize Memorial Day is more than beaches and cookouts. These young people gave their lives for us!

Best regards,
Arthur L. Harrington
Added by A Harrington on May 28, 2014 6:06 AM
RE: Robert Jackson, Memorial #87216886

Thank you so very much for all the work you have put into these ship memorials. About 10 - 12 years ago I became interested in trying to determine just what information was available on the Tillie Lykes scattered through the National Archives and I went on a grand tour from Washington D.C. to Fort Worth, TX to Galveston, TX. My research on the nature of operations of these merchant vessels in June of 1942 told me that Tillie's disappearance with all hands lost while operating in the Caribbean theatre was a VERY unusual circumstance - considering the nature of her cargo (non-volatile) and where she was. Even in the worst of circumstances it was reasonable to expect 40% to 60% of the crew to survive. What on earth could have gone wrong to wipe out everyone on board with no trace? There were whispers among the family that a secret load of explosives was on board. The ships manifests that I retrieved from NARA showed only machinery, burlap, sugar, salt and other non-volatiles destined for 3 separate ports in Puerto Rico. The U.S. Navy reported the Tillie was sunk by U-502 some 1000 miles south of the Yucatan - WAY off the course to Puerto Rico. It occurs to me writing this now that the Navy might have had intelligence to support their presumption - if the gentleman who survived ended up in Panama then maybe the he got carried in that direction by currents. If the he was found near that spot the Navy probably presumed the sinking happened close by. Nothing I came up with shed any light on what the smoking gun was ... there had to be one. I finally came up with a theory after all my research - I had plotted Tillies likely course day by day through the region and she skirted by 2 UBoats coming out of Galveston and missed one coming through the Florida Straits - but there was a brand new minefield placed by the Navy just north of Key West where they were planning to gather ships for convoys to go thru the Florida Straits. The Navy laid the mines at the end of April and within a week one of her own destroyers the USS Sturtevant ran right into it and sank killing 30 men. Within a month there were 3 more sinkings by mines including a ship with 1/6 of the worlds supply of tungsten on board. One of those sinkings was a small Norwegian vessel on the very day the Tillie sailed through the area. This mystery vessel had no wreck that had ever been charted or dived on like the others. I began to suspect the Navy had sunk the Tillie in that minefield and covered it up with the hapless u-502 story. Now I feel ridiculous for saying it now but at the time it was a really compelling theory.

I've gone on quite enough for now. Again thank you Patricia for bringing the Tillie Lykes and her men into the light of recognition and memorial.

Kindest Regards
Mark J
Added by Mark on May 24, 2014 5:13 AM
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