Terminal Hotel Fire, Atlant, Georgia My grandfather, who worked for Southern Railway, also died in the Terminal Hotel fire on 16 May 1938. He was never mentioned on any lists, but I know that this is in fact true from my grandmother (his wife), my father, and his death certificate. He is buried in West View Cemetery in Atlanta, and was furnished a marker by being a Spanish-American War veteran. Although, somehow his listing was missed by findagrave.com. I would hope that he can be added to the list of those who died in this tragedy. Here is my profile on him on my ancestry.com family tree:
Warren Sanford McLaughlin Sr. (Spanish-American War Veteran) Your paternal grandfather Birth 22 Sep 1880 in Homerville, Clinch, Georgia, USA Death 16 May 1938 in 5th Floor, Terminal Hotel, Spring Street SW, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, USA
Private First Class James C. Conklin Private First Class James C. Conklin was a paratrooper of Headquarters Headquarters Company of the 504th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division. He was on board of a C-47 transport plane [tail 42-68720] that was shot down by "friendly fire" on 11 July 1943. No trace was found of the plane nor crew and paratroopers.
Pfc Conklin is listed on the Walls of Missing of the Sicily Rome Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy. He was lost in or near Sicily in July 1943.
You listed a picture with his name on the cenotaph. I would like to ask your permission to use that picture for my project about the temporary American GELA Cemetery in Sicily, where over 1,200 men and women were buried between July 1943 and April 1947. If his remains would have been found, he would have been buried at Gela.
I have my project available on a DVD, titled "They stayed behind".
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