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Sarah Gruwell (#47186162)
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Bio Photo I'm a thirty-something female who works in a local doctor's office as a front desk personnel. I live in Great Falls, MT with my mom, little sister, and two cute pooches. I've always found cemeteries relaxing and a great place to visit or learn an area's history. I've enjoyed adding to the local cemeteries here in town on FAG and enjoy fulfilling requests. If there is a correction that needs to be made on any memorial I manage, just let me know. I may not be the fastest individual to process those edits, but they ultimately get done. Or if you're just looking to chat about cemeteries in general, I'm open as well. :)

The names in my family tree are:

PATERNAL:
Gruwell
Esswine/Eszwein
Kempth/Kemp
Shepherd
Greenep
Stotts
Copeland
Dixson
Stanley
Gregg (MacGregor)
Pennock
Lucas
Ankrom
Clary
Shingley
Elliott
Cook
Wilkinson
Fuller
Hutton
Pike
Fisher
Smith
Wheaton
Wall
Clator
Kinkey
Wells
Blackburn
Fee
Hook
Burke
Cheeseman
Hadley
Bowater
Jones
Mendenhall
Martin
Cox
Morton
Cantrell
Herman
Courtney
Wilkinson
James
Palmer
Campbell
Cameron
Ashman
Stanton
Parker
Peake
Neale

MATERNAL:
Rich
Head
Bounds
Bailey (Baillie)
Brown
Sumrall
Patterson
Bennett
Cameron
Armstrong
Fillingane
Dearman
Carroll
Morehead
Van Kuykendahl
Coburn
O'Conner
McRae/Nicholson (not sure which it is right now)
Nixon
Smith
Walley
Clarke
Pickering
Ellis
Carlen/Kerlinn/Carlin/Kerlin
Hughes
Humphrey
Caimot
Clay
Hudson
Jennings
Harris
Pulliam
Bowman
Turner
Watson
Pyel
Harvie
Hutchinson
Moor
Hunt
Rhoades
Margeson
Ford
Yates
Hill
Coates
Hubbard
Ward
Hoyt
Griffith
Meredith
Powell
Gillespie
Gwyn
Middleton
Baskin
Stuart
Montgomery
Pickens
Millward
Overton
Waters
Gardiner
Rankin
Stone
Cruce
Houlditch
Coleman
Deverill
Carmichael
Mabry
Hampton
Wright
Palmer
Swift
Kent
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Joe Figueiredo
Searching for Gruwell Family Members
Ms. Gruwell:
My name is Joe Figueiredo. I am a volunteer researcher at the United States Army Heritage and Education Center, [USAHEC], www.usahec.org, in Carlisle, PA.
I have been researching the story of a WWII Army paratrooper and I am hoping you may answer some perplexing questions.
His name is: Robert R. Gruwell, DOB: October 8, 1923. Born in Los Angeles, CA [?]. His mother is listed on military papers as Virginia Cooper. I do not know if Robert was born out of wedlock, if his mother was married to a Gruwell and then divorced, or if he was a stepson of Virginia Cooper's, etc. His sister is also Virginia Cooper, but her married name may be Virginia Bunkofske.
Robert was a Private in the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Robert parachuted into Southern France on August 15, 1944 and was killed in action that same day. Robert was buried by person(s) unknown in an unknown grave in Southern France. Robert's body was deem Non-Recoverable by the US Army in 1950 and remains so to this day.
During my research, I discovered Robert's name is listed as MIA, [he has no grave marker], on a tablet by the American Battle Monuments Commission, [ABMC], www.abmc.gov, in the Brittany American Cemetery, Saint James, France.
I also discovered another Gruwell was buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.
His name is: Roy A. Gruwell, Jr., DOB: 1917, living in San Luis Obispo, CA at the time of enlistment into the US Army. He enlisted in the Army on February 20, 1941 and was a Technical Sergeant. He was KIA somewhere in France on August 14, 1944, ironically one day before Robert was killed.
I have been wondering if Robert and Roy were brothers, cousins, or was Roy an uncle to Robert, or related in some other way?
On a whim, I looked on Find A Grave and found information about Roy P. Gruwell, that was placed on the site by you.
Do you have any information at all relative to Robert or Roy, but especially Robert. I hope to have his story placed on the USAHEC web site in the near future.
I have found Robert's story very compelling as an example of a soldier who died for his country, but his grave is lost to history. Surviving members of his unit, the 517th PIR have not forgotten him, www.517prct.org.
I know this is a long winded message but I wanted to explain the information as thoroughly as possible.
Thank you in advance,
Joe Figueiredo
joefig1995@comcast.net
If you wish to speak by phone, please let me know and I will send you my number.
Added by Joe Figueiredo on Sep 27, 2017 3:02 PM
PBadtram
RE: Barry's
Glad to help!
Added by PBadtram on Aug 23, 2017 10:16 PM
J S Grundstrom
Ekstrom 52477286 transfer
Thanks!
--Janet
Added by J S Grundstrom on Jul 26, 2017 8:26 PM
Sheila White Hughes
Hi Sarah
I just added you as a friend because your virtual cemeteries are much more interesting than mine, and I don't want to lose track of your page so I can visit as I get time. --Sheila
Added by Sheila White Hughes on Jul 14, 2017 12:05 AM
Tim Koenig
Emil Daellenbach
Hi Sarah: Thanks for your help in linking Emil to his family members. - Tim
Added by Tim Koenig on Jun 19, 2017 10:22 AM
D. R. Potter
RE: Georgie Wood
Your very welcome! Happy to help a fellow researcher. Please let me know if there are other photo requests I can fulfill.
Happy hunting!
D. R.
Added by D. R. Potter on Jun 06, 2017 9:43 PM
Robert Dolezal
Iva Florencs Eller
Hi: Just a few facts to add to Iva. She was born at Tracy, Montana that's just out side Great Falls. She Married Norman Ashworth on 17 Nov. 1927 at Great Falls. Norman was born 24 Nov 1901 at Armington, Montana died 4 Feb 1937 at Great Falls. They had three children Charles Edmund,born 1 Sept. 1928 Died 4 Sept. 1987, Lee born abt. 1933 and Bernice abt. 1935 all were born at Great Falls. Burial sites for Norman,Iva and Charles are at Highland Cemetery Great Falls, Cascade, Montana. My late wife Helen McDermott and Robert Cook Jr. were related Robert Cook's given name was James Robert Cook. Charles Edmound Cook went by Edmound and later by Ed.I have some more information that I will share on the Cook family As Ever Robert (Bob)Dolezal Sr.
Added by Robert Dolezal on Apr 23, 2017 8:44 PM
Tricia
A birth date needs changed
Sarah, thank you so much for all you do!!! I have another photo of John Magnuson, son of John and Emma, and it shows clearly the birth year of 1900 instead of 1901. With the grass on your photo, it sure looks like 1901!
It would be great to have that date changed to reflect the birth year correctly.
Thanks so much!!
John Magnuson
Highland Cemetery
Great Falls, Cascade, Montana.
Added by Tricia on Apr 07, 2017 9:12 PM
Kerstin
RE: Kenneth Elmore in Highland Cemetery, Great Falls, MT
Hello Sarah,
I have delete the photo.
Thank you.
Greetings
Kerstin
Added by Kerstin on Apr 05, 2017 12:03 AM
Sharon
Phyllis Eckersley # 51373804
Hello Sarah, Would you please transfer Phyllis Eckersley memorial to me. #51373804. My number is # 47654912
Added by Sharon on Mar 25, 2017 12:48 AM
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