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ShaneO (#47009366)
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Bio Photo Please check out my WWII virtual cemeteries!

If you have any photo requests available, please make a few, as at the 20 per week rate, it will take me 10 years to get my 73,000 WWII KIA entries completed.

If you see incorrect entries or duplicates (dups usually from the Findgrave crashmaster)...let me know asap!!! If you would like me to transfer a memorial, I will transfer them.


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Tim Cook
RE: You would know...
When World War II began, the minimum requirements to become a pilot/officer was to be a college/university degree graduate. Due to a shortage of pilots, the Army decided to create a title of Flight Officer, a non-commissioned rank for
men who met the physical requirements but did not have a degree. Essentially "flying Staff Sergeants."
So the minimum rank for a FLT O is SSGT. When WW II
ended, the title of FLT O was eliminated and those men who opted to stay in the service were given the rank of Master Sergeant and could go on to enter the Lieutenant officers program and become full fledged pilots if they met the requirements that had been in place at the start of the war.
As far as contributors who show Warrant Officer, I think that is OK if that's what they entered the service as. Unfortunately, there are a handful of contributors on here who refuse to add any TITLE and decline my updates for that. Even an Aviation Cadet, at a minimum, has the rank of PVT. Many had already achieved the training to become Staff Sergeants. The way I look at it, anyone who died with their boots on for our country's service deserves a minimum rank listed on their memorial page. On the flip side, I get update requests all the time wanting me to add PVT, CPL, SGT etc. even though they were discharged 20,30,50 years earlier and I have to explain that non-comm titles are no longer appropriate...
Added by Tim Cook on Feb 21, 2017 9:41 AM
Bobby Hunt
RE: Wilson G Baird
Hi Shane.

I have had to give up any cemetery visits. In December, was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme level 4. Am undergoing treatment now, for another couple weeks. Given 6 weeks to one year.

Will see if I can find someone for you. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your effort.

Added by Bobby Hunt on Jan 28, 2017 7:02 PM
pamela carnot
RE: Edward P Carnot
A Mt. Nebo in Fl., but I don't know which one. Picture was given to me.
Added by pamela carnot on Dec 13, 2016 9:21 PM
Arthur Bergstrom
OK to use Arthur's gravemarker photo that you took on his page in the Kenora Great War Project, credit given to you?
Added by JAS on Oct 25, 2016 9:27 PM
Lt George Goddard and his crew #4429616
George and his crew have been remembered and honored by the Czech villagers for 70 years. Memorials have been dedicated at the crash site for their fallen airmen.

Their World War 2 story was chronicled in the book; "Miss Fortune's Last Mission" by William J. Boyce/John H. Torrison with John DeMers (Bright Sky Press) for more information, photos and videos.

I hope that you will add this information to their Find A Grave page. Bill, John, and some of the crew's families visit their grave on Memorial Day 2015. I would be happy to sent you a copy of our book. Thank you

Added by valdersviking on Oct 08, 2016 5:45 PM
John Dowdy
thank you for responding John, I will send you a picture of it and here is the information you requested...

Shane a lady reached out to me she found this 44th BG fliers dog tag on a beach she wants to try to find descendants to give it to any help?
It was found on the beach in Hawaii. Sand Island beach park on August 12, 2016.

I did look up his name and I did not see any surviving next of kin, so I just want to have it go to someone and someplace that it will be valued and appreciated. And maybe this dogtag might have a bigger story than meets the eye, so I am also curious but don't know how to look it up.

If you would like me to send it to you, I can surely do that. I would ask if you would kindly share any interested facts that you find so that I can have stories to tell the grandkids.

Olivia C.
Added by John Dowdy on Aug 17, 2016 7:27 AM
Here is a virtual cemetery for the men who's name is inscribed on the memorial in Mt. Ephraim:

One man, James Busey was accidentally added. Actually, his father, Samuel was inscribed on the memorial as he lived in Mt. Ephraim and was the point of contact for his son. Somehow things got mixed up. James was from the Washington D.C. area.

I also wrote and posted stories for several of these men on Facebook:

and one more that I posted later on:

I have tried to put together a life story of sorts for each person and post it on Facebook on the anniversary of their death. Still a work in progress.

Jeff Vilardo

Added by jeffvilardo on Jul 10, 2016 9:17 PM
Kathie Rodgers
RE: Edward Novak #154179232
Yes that is the same Edward Novak listed on the memorial at Greenwood Cemetery. I have found out that the memorial is everyone from the area who died in the war but not necessarily buried there. So will you be deleting the other Edward Novak from Greenwood. There is another Edward Novak who served in WW II and is buried in Swan Lake but he survived the war. I was walking Greenwood today and found a headstone I didn't know if you had I will upload if you don't the inscription told of this person being captured at the Battle of the Bulge and died somewhere in Germany. It's for PFC. Charles A. Lubke do you have a memorial for him?

Kathie Rodgers
Added by Kathie Rodgers on Nov 14, 2015 3:05 PM
Cheryl Larkin
Corp. Harry Rudolph Anderson
Dear Shane, I want to thank you for being out there and doing what you doI stumbled upon your website and there was my father..I still have the telegram listing him as missing in action. The last letter he wrote my mom said he couldn't tell her where he was, but that it would all be over soon and he would be coming home to usMy mother lost contact with his family and I had 3 pictures and stories to tell me who my dad was. I always intended to go to Minnesota and find my "roots". Time passes, work, family, stuff gets in the way and I never made that trip..Now that I am in the December of my life it's funny how one wants to complete things..going through some old files, my fathers birth certificate was still in the small brown envelope, along with the telegram. This led me to looking up May 27,1945, the date on the telegram, and Tinian where he was listed as missing in action. After seeking different squadrons with names listed..I just typed in Harry Rudolph Anderson and there you were with a picture of my Father I had never seen..thank you for giving me another glimpse of my history. Sincerely, Cheryl Ann Anderson..Larkin
Added by Cheryl Larkin on Oct 26, 2015 1:00 PM
Carol Taylor-Lanza
Orville Burton Severson
Shane thank you so much for keeping these men's memories alive in so many ways. My husband and I truly appreciate you. I sponsored Buddy's page so there will not be ads on it anymore. He deserves that. Also it will allow me to add more photos which I've been able to get some from his nieces. Thank you again and my God Bless you and your fellow comrades.
Added by Carol Taylor-Lanza on Jun 06, 2015 7:19 PM
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