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Bio Photo I will be happy to take pictures in Belton, but I am on a fixed income that is very small and just cannot afford to travel outside my area. Hopefully, one day that will change.


While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.

These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.

A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.

A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.

According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.

In the US, this practice became common during the Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war.

Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a "down payment" to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.

The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced to as far back as the Roman Empire.

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Barbara Kane Foster
Coin Poem
I know that it is not a poem but I had to copy an add it to my personal stuff. I had never heard of this tribute to those whom have passed. This one of the reasons I love this site because I keep learning more and more info that I may not have ever known without someone telling their story and leaving their mark in history. I just wanted to say thanks for adding this to your profile which I read for most people I click on.
Added by Barbara Kane Foster on Feb 11, 2015 4:55 PM
Alyssa Atwood Thomas
RE: 129631428 Jewell King
Thank you so much for the information and the obituary! I will add it to her info.
Added by Alyssa Atwood Thomas on Jan 05, 2015 7:40 PM
A. Cook
RE: Autumn Lee Kunkle 58701661
The older memorial should be used. I have informed the other contributor that her memorial is a duplicate. But whether or not she will move her picture and delete the duplicate is not certain. I will gladly transfer this memorial to you so you can add to it
Added by A. Cook on Jan 05, 2015 9:11 AM
RE: Carolyn Elizabeth Murray
You are most welcome. It's my pleasure, especially connecting lost babies with their parents...and it was a bonus to find a relative to pass her to!
Added by Merf on Dec 21, 2014 9:10 PM
Carolyn Murray
I've transferred baby Carolyn Murray to your care, since I found she was the daughter of your relative. I've linked her already, and provided the document - which has her mother's name spelled wrong, but that's not uncommon.
Added by Merf on Dec 21, 2014 8:31 PM
Bobby Hendrix
RE: James McNeil
Lieut is the abbreviation for Lieutenant.

Sorry but No, I won't remove Lieutenant from his memorial. James McNeil earned his rank serving in the Confederate Army and he was proud of his service.It has nothing to do with searching for his name on Find a Grave. If you type in James McNeil in the search bar, the memorial for Lieutenant James McNeil appears.

Added by Bobby Hendrix on Nov 25, 2014 8:12 PM
S. G. Shanafelt
Charles H. Mills of Mooresville, Indiana
I am just now reading your kind note left for me a couple of years ago concerning Charley. I can't say why I or 'we' do what we do but I will say that this precious couple named Charley and Fannie Mills deserve to be recognized. The had no children that could honor them so I felt the need to do the best I could. Charley and my Great-Grandfather Henry 'Vos' Shanafelt, were the best of friends growing up together in Indiana and later in Texas; and Vos sent for Alice Worth to come to Texas to become his wife and Charley went back to Indiana to marry Fannie Worth, Alice's sister. So, related by marriage through my Great-Grandmother. The stories on Vos and Charley are well documented and quite funny. They were BOTH VERY handsome young men and most likely caused havoc wherever they went. I will post a photograph of them so you will understand why the memorial tribute was such a calling for me. Again, thank you for the note and for all you do for Find A Grave....Shari
Added by S. G. Shanafelt on Oct 12, 2014 10:54 PM
Linda Davis
RE: Thomas B. Corbin
You don't have to complain about them. The flowers with bios just disappear.

Added by Linda Davis on Jul 24, 2014 6:46 PM
Linda Davis
RE: Thomas B. Corbin
Found my copy of the SAC...

The Silver Star was given Posthumously to Specialist Fourth Class Thomas Berry Corbin (ASN: 53436725), United States Army, for gallantry in action on 1 January 1968, while serving as an ammunition handler with Battery C, 2d Battalion, 77th Artillery, 25th Infantry Division, at Fire Support Base BURT in the Republic of Vietnam. The fire support base came under an intense enemy mortar attack followed by a heavy ground assault. Although serving as a member of the ammunition section Specialist Corbin positioned himself in front of a howitzer section which was in serious danger of being overrun. Throughout the ensuing battle he remained in his position and placed devastating machine gun fire upon the assaulting Viet Cong force. When Specialist Corbin's position came under hostile automatic weapons fire from an enemy bunker 30 meters to their front he maintained his position until ordered to move back to allow the firing of beehive rounds into the enemy force. While assisting the gun crew to maneuver their howitzer Specialist Corbin was mortally wounded by the intense enemy fire. Due to Specialist Corbin's valorous actions the mission was successfully completed and the enemy attack repulsed. Specialist Corbin's personal bravery, aggressiveness, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.General Orders: Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 692 (February 19, 1968)Action Date: January 1, 1968Service: ArmyRank: Specialist Fourth ClassCompany: Battery CBattalion: 2d BattalionRegiment: 77th ArtilleryDivision: 25th Infantry Division

Added by Linda Davis on Jul 24, 2014 6:18 PM
Linda Davis
RE: Thomas B. Corbin
You posted a long statement about his Silver Medal with a flower. I sent that on to Betty to post on the memorial as I know the flower was going to get deleted.
Added by Linda Davis on Jul 24, 2014 6:14 PM
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