Battle of Iwo Jima Memorial Memorial. Located on the South Mesa area of US Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, the monument is dedicated to the 6821 US forces whom died during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima, February 19 to March 26, 1945. The memorial has a large brick platform with a bronze front inscribed tribute plaque and a bronze Iwo Jima Island scultrue on top. The bottom plaque which is embedded in black volcanic sand from the Iwo Jima beach, honors the milestones in the struggle for the island's...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) South Mesa, Camp Pendleton CA, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA
Black, Karen b. July 1, 1939 d. August 8, 2013 Actress. She is best remembered for her appearances in the notable films "Easy Rider" (1969), "Five Easy Pieces" (1970), "The Great Gatsby" (1974). "Rhinoceros" (1974), "Airport 1975" (1974), "The Day of the Locust" (1975), "Nashville" (1975), and Alfred Hitchcock's final film, "Family Plot' (1976). Born Karen Blanche Ziegler, her mother wrote children's novels and her paternal grandfather was a classical musician and 1st violinist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 15, she...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA
Bohn, Merritt Franklin b. May 13, 1905 d. December 11, 1978 Actor. Born in Illinois, he made his film debut in "Ada" (1961), followed by "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962), "Looking for Love" (1964), "Wild Seed" (1965) and "Nevada Smith" (1966). On television, he appeared in "Colt .45", "Maverick", "Sugarfoot", "The Twilight Zone" and "Batman". He died of pneumonia in Torrance, California, at age 73. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA Plot: Sunset Slope Block 316 Lot 1 GPS coordinates: 33.1169090, -117.1999207 (hddd.dddd)
Cale, J.J. (John Weldon) b. December 5, 1938 d. July 26, 2013 Musician, Songwriter. He will be best remembered for his introduction of the music blended genre which became known as the "Tulsa Sound". His original scores became cover hits for Eric Clapton "After Midnight" (1970) and "Cocaine" (1976). Born John Weldon Cale, he was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Music became a major part of his life by the time he reached his teenage years. During this period, he participated in several rock bands including an ensemble with Leon Russell. He moved to Nashville...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cause of death: Heart attack Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA
Chosin Reservoir Battle Memorial Memorial. In a formal ceremony September 15, 2010, US Marine Corps Commandant General James T. Conway dedicated the Korean War battle memorial on the 60th anniversary to the day that the 1st Division Marines from Camp Pendleton landed in Korea. The granite monument is a tribute to the more than 4,400 Marines and US Soldiers whom did not survive in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, one of the most brutal battles during the Korean War. Located on Camp Pendleton base's South Mesa, over looking...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) South Mesa, Camp Pendleton CA, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA
Dance, Helen Margaret b. February 15, 1913 d. May 27, 2001 Music Journalist and Producer. Born into a prosperous family, Helen Margaret Oakley was educated in Toronto and Switzerland. A jazz enthusiast, she was a music journalist contributing to the Chicago Herald Tribune, Down Beat magazine, Tempo, Swing, and Jazz Hot. She organized jazz concerts and produced recording sessions for the Okeh and Master/Variety record labels. After her brother was killed in France during World War II, Helen volunteered for the Women’s Army Corps where her journalistic...[Read More] (Bio by: O'side Native) Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA Plot: GPS (lat/lon) 33°13.961' -117°19.132'
Driscoll, Bobby (Robert Cletus) [cenotaph] b. March 3, 1937 d. March 30, 1968 Highly acclaimed child actor. Won a special Oscar for his starring roll in 1949's "The Window." Bobby Driscoll was the first child actor put under exclusive contract to Disney studios. Besides the suspense movie "The Window," he is best known for his work in "Song of the South" (1946) and "Treasure Island" (1950). He walked away from Hollywood in 1957 to take a normal job. Unfortunately, his life quickly slid downhill after numerous arrests for drug possession, assault and forgery and also a 6-...[Read More] (Bio by: A.J. Marik) Cause of death: Heart attack brought on by liver failure and advanced arteriosclerosis Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA Plot: Calvary Section, block 243, lot 7
Ecke Sr., Paul b. January 28, 1895 d. June 21, 1991 Poinsettia Rancher, Horticulturalist. He arrived in America with his family in October, 1906. Settling in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles the family became involved in agriculture. Albert established a fruit orchard and dairy farm, and began growing flowers - his real passion. Paul was particularly interested in the poinsettia, a tall leggy red plant that grew wild in the area. Because of it’s annual bloom cycle near the winter holiday season, Paul felt the poinsettia would be an ideal...[Read More] (Bio by: O'side Native) Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA Plot: Sunrise section, Block 104
Feeney, Joe (Joseph Gerald) b. August 14, 1931 d. April 16, 2008 Singer. A longtime fixture of TV's "Lawrence Welk Show". Born in Grand Island, Nebraska, Feeney started singing in his church choir as a boy soprano. He served in the Army during the Korean War and afterward appeared on the television programs "Talent Patrol" and "Youth Opportunity Hour" before his TV station manager sent a tape of his voice to Lawrence Welk on whose show he would become a popular member for 25 years, from 1957 until it went off the air in 1982. He was known as the show's "...[Read More] (Bio by: Carol STEVENS) Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA
Graham, Paul G. b. July 23, 1922 d. 2002 US Marine Corps Brigadier General. He began his military career when he enlisted in the Marine Corps V-12 Officer Candidate Program and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in April 1944. During World War II, he served as platoon commander with the 1st Battalion, 2lst Marines, 3rd Marine Division, in actions on Guam and Iwo Jima. After the war, he served as an instructor in the Department of Ordnance and Gunnery at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis until 1951. In the Korean War, he served as...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA
Haynes, Lloyd b. October 19, 1934 d. January 1, 1987 Actor. Born in South Bend, Indiana, he was best noted for the memorable roles as history teacher Pete Dixon on the TV series, Room 222" and as Mayor Hen Morgan on the daytime drama "General Hospital". His many other television credits include "12 O'Clock High", "Batman", "The Fugitive", "Marcus Welby, M.D." and "Dynasty". For feature films, he appeared in "Madigan" (1968), "Ice Station Zebra" (1968), "The Mad Room" (1969), "The Greatest" (1977) and "Good Guys Wear Black" (1978). He also was a...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA Plot: Folded Flags Block 59 Lot 3 GPS coordinates: 33.1156311, -117.2006607 (hddd.dddd)
Heisler, Stuart R. b. December 5, 1894 d. August 21, 1979 Motion Picture Director. Entering films in 1913 as a prop man, he gradually worked his way up to film editor, cutting such films as "Raffles" (1930) and "Peter Ibbetson" (1935). A director from 1936 on, he was at his best in the thriller and action genres but was also sturdy with A-list material. Heisler guided Susan Hayward ("Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman", 1947) and Bette Davis ("The Star", 1952) to Oscar nominations, and directed such stars as Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Fred Astaire, and...[Read More] (Bio by: Fritz Tauber) Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA
Martin Jr., Hugh b. August 11, 1914 d. March 11, 2011 Composer. His father was an architect, he mother was an accomplished musician from whom he learned to play the piano at the age of four. He studied at the Birmingham Conservatory of Music and Birmingham Southern College, initially to become a composer of classical music. A strong fondness for George Gershwin songs would lead to his lengthy career in popular music. He would move to New York City where he began a six decade...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA
Memorial, U.S. Coalition [memorial] U.S. Military Memorial. On April 11, 2013, families and dignitaries gathered at Camp Pendleton Oceanside, to dedicate a memorial to honor the coalition troops killed in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan. In a joint presentation by U.S. Marine Corps Major General Charles Mark Gurganus with British Brigadier General Stuart Skeates, the monument is in crested with 86 bronze name plaques, plus flags of the American, British, Danish, Jordanian, Georgian and Australian, troops lost (2012-13). Located...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA Plot: Main side parade ground, Area 11.
Murray, Raymond Leroy b. January 30, 1913 d. November 11, 2004 Major General, USMC. During his 33 year military career Murray earned numerous medals and decorations including two Navy Crosses, the Army Distinguished Service Cross, four Silver Stars and a Purple Heart. His career included service during three wars: World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He was awarded his first Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism under fire on June 15, 1944 while serving as a Lieutenant Colonel on Saipan during World War II where he was in command of the 2nd...[Read More] (Bio by: O'side Native) Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA
Osborne, Marie 'Baby Marie' b. November 5, 1911 d. November 11, 2010 Actress. Appearing in around two dozen Hollywood features, she was silent film's first major child star. Born Helen Alice Myers, she was placed at age three months with a foster family named Osborn who changed her name to Marie and later added an "e" to their surname. The Osborns moved to Long Beach, California, in 1914 and found work in the film industry; unable to afford child care, they took little Marie to the studo where she was spotted by director Henry King. After being cast as a male...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA