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Sgt Ed Elstan (#47188165)
 member for 7 years, 6 months, 25 days
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Bio Photo I am a retired mechanic-truck driver (3516/3531) and a former Marine Veteran, May 1965-May 1971. Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Division, Vietnam DMZ 21 months May 1966-Feb 1968.
I try to take the most legible pictures I can. I believe in recording history for future generations. This is the best way I know to HONOR and Remember the deceased. I am adding memorials from books and graveyards so others can find their friends and family members.
If you would like some one transferred to you just ask. -(USE THE EDIT TAB)- on the memorial you want transfered. Glad to do links and I will add obituaries to BIO section also. (USE THE EDIT TAB!)
If I can help you with information let me know.

Semper Fidelis Sgt. Ed Elstan

Any pictures I have added you are welcome to use them for your personal use.

A GENTLE REMINDER....please DO NOT SCAN obituaries and post in photo section. Per Find A Grave guidelines, they need, instead, to be typed and submitted as an addition to the bio section with the names of the living removed. Thank you.

******* "IN GOD WE TRUST" *******

I have lost some of my best Marine brothers to Agent Orange:

Thomas J. Jackson May 1972

Richard L. Guinn Apr 1982

James R. Franklin Dec 2003

Joseph R. Cash Mar 2010

John R. Okopinski Oct 2011

Kenneth Y. Hamm Mar 2013

Philip G Buttaro Oct 2014

Also lost my best friend from childhood to Cancer: Thomas T. Wingate Mar 2013

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Messages left for Sgt Ed Elstan (10)[Leave Message]
RE: William james Allison
I'm sorry. I've got it fixed now.
Added by Christina on Apr 27, 2017 7:56 PM
Just to say "Thanks" for your service.
Hi, Saw that you created a memorial for Anthony Russo. Wanted to say a big thank you for yours and your family's sacrifice to our country. My Father was in the US Navy in WWII as were 3 of my Uncles in the Army in WWII. So, my family understands what you and your family endured! I also had several cousins in Nam and lost several friends there.

Thanks, too, for all the wonderful volunteer work (or maybe it's a labor of love) you do on Find A Grave. Continued blessings of good health so you can continue what you enjoy in life!

Mary (Contributor #47792069)
Added by Mary on Apr 23, 2017 10:30 AM
shelia driver
Driver history
I am hoping that you can help me. I am looking for the burial site of Robert William Driver (1857-1933). Son of John William Wright Driver and a child named John Leonard Driver. I know he died in Carroll county Georgia. I have checked the cemeteries where his family is buried. No success. His wife is Malinda Emelia Waggoner ( 1865-1920). No success in my search. We have started a project of putting some kind of a marker on the graves of ancestors, So far with help from you guys we have found and placed 3 markers and have a list of 4 more to do. Thank you for the work you and your crew do. Thanks again.
Added by shelia driver on Apr 18, 2017 2:12 PM
Pfc William Daniel Phillips
Just want to thank you for the photo of my 3rd cousin, 1 x removed. Never met him but know he is at rest. Your photo is much appreciated! Your doing a great job! Thank you again.
Added by liz on Apr 15, 2017 7:36 PM
Kay Cholewinski
Thank You
This is my fathers gravesite and want to thank you for the photo.
Added by Kay Cholewinski on Apr 15, 2017 1:41 PM
Heather Zenz in Ferncliff
Sec W lot 174
Heather Zenz d2011
John Rogers d1948
Lura Rogers d1979
Mary Allison d2012
William Allison d2007

I've added photos for everyone in the lot.
Added by Christina on Apr 03, 2017 7:43 PM
Glen Marquis
RE: Bernhard Ruhe
You are welcome.

Added by Glen Marquis on Mar 26, 2017 8:17 AM
Pat Millican
Jame Allison Boyd #10546247
Sgt. Elstan,

1st- Thank you for your service to our country. Your willingness to serve is greatly appreciated.

2nd- Thank you for taking an updated photo of James Allison Boyd #10546247 in Bethany UMC in Fayette County, Georgia. He was a 2nd cousin of mine. His death date had not been added to the tombstone when I was there several years ago to take photos. I wanted to let you know I am adding the new photo to my family history database. I don't know when I would be able to get back down there to take a new photo. So, again, thank you for taking it and thank you for giving permission to use the photo. I will. of course, give you credit for taking it.


Pat Millican
Added by Pat Millican on Mar 21, 2017 8:35 AM
Lyn Johnson
Proud Daughter of a Vietnam Veteran
Thank you for your service in Vietnam!

I am the proud daughter of Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Aubrey Johnson, 1st Air Calvary A-229th, Vietnam June 1967 to June 1968. My daddy is now fully disabled, side effects of Agent Orange. He to has had to bury many of his friends from this era, several were his childhood friends. So I am truly sorry for your losses. I was a bartender at the Carrollton VFW several years ago, and I loved it! I really got to know the Veterans by sitting down with each and every one of them talking, laughing, listening and even crying with them. Unlike most children of a Vietnam Veteran, my daddy did talk about the war. So I am very passionate and outspoken when it comes to Vietnam Vets.

My daddy wrote a book titled "To the Limit" by Tom A. Johnson about his Vietnam War experiences as a helicopter pilot. It took him 10 years and countless rejections before it was published. (Internationally in hard cover and paperback.) His book has been part of a healing process for so many Veterans and we are so grateful for this.



Ms. Lyn Johnson

P.S. The book can be found on or my email address is on my profile page.
Added by Lyn Johnson on Jul 24, 2016 11:10 PM
Memorial #139517225
I am a long ago friend of Sarah Ellen Spangler Long and can give you a little Information about her but I do not have her obituary and do not believe there was one published giving personal details. Sarah was born in Atlanta Ga, to Major Paul and Dolly Ivey Spangler, she has one sister, Pauline Spangler. She married Calhoun A. Long, Jr. in December 1950 at Gordon Street Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga. Sarah and Cal had three children, two of which are deceased, one son survives, Calhoun A. Long III, as well as Five Grandaughters and one Grandson. I am not sure where Sarah's Parents are buried but think it is very likely Westview in Atlanta. Thanks so much for entering Sarah and her Husband on Find A Grave.

I am a contributor on Find A Grave mostly for my own family.
Added by LEAH MOORE on Apr 18, 2016 1:15 PM
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