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Sgt Ed Elstan (#47188165)
 member for 7 years, 11 months, 17 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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Peppy Duff
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Dear Sgt. Elstan
I'm sure you don't remember me, but I am Joann "Peppy" Kaplet Duff. You helped me put my brother's obituary on Find a Grave. (Dush "Dutch" Kapelet.
I'm writing to you because my brother-in-law just died. He served three years in Navy and 23 years in Air Force. Retired as Master Sergeant.
He was cremated and had his ashes scattered. Is it possible for his obituary to appear on Find A Grave.
His name is Clarence O.Dargie and his obituary is on the Davis-Watkins Funeral Home website in Fort Walton Beach, FL.

I would appreciate it if you could see what you can do?
Joann Duff
Lancaster, Ohio
Added by Peppy Duff on Sep 13, 2017 10:08 AM
Carol Hudson
Hopeful Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery
Hi Sgt Ed - Thank you for your service. My ex husband served in Viet Nam around the time you were there. He was in the Army. It was a difficult time for the men who served, no matter what their job or branch of service. However, from what I have read, the marines took the brunt of it.

Thank you for your generosity and hard work for the Find a Grave community. And for your service to our country.

My 2nd cousin, Mathew Yates b. 1801, was buried in the Hopeful Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Carol Barber Hudson
Added by Carol Hudson on Aug 25, 2017 2:05 PM
Keith O
Larry Klar
Thanks for the transfer! Very much appreciated. Also, thank you for maintaining the memorial.

Added by Keith O on Aug 20, 2017 9:50 PM
Cheryl Cook Singleton
William M. Wright - 1783-1863
Dear Sgt. Elstan -
Wiliam Wright is my 4th g-grandfather. I just sponsored his memorial and I was wondering if you would consider transferring him to me. I will take good care of him and add all of his children to his website.
Could you also tell me whether there is a headstone for him if you know?
Thank you so much.
Added by Cheryl Cook Singleton on Aug 19, 2017 10:04 AM
Tex O. Harrison
Sgt Ed
I am thankful for all you do on Find A Grave. The scope and quality of your work is top of the line.

Added by Tex O. Harrison on Aug 13, 2017 7:19 AM
Hello Sgt. Ed Elstan;

You left me the following message on my page.

Sadie Gray McMahon
Can you send me a copy of obit?
Added by Sgt Ed Elstan on Jul 11, 2017 8:38 PM

Did I sent you the obituary? My computer file of pictures including obituaries are exceeded 1200+ now. If I have not, please send me her date of death information to help me regarding my search on the database. I am deleting so much on my computer as it's too large, plus I no longer need those obituaries if I posted/ shared / submitted to the people which have asked me to look up obituary information.

Thank You very much.

Added by C. on Aug 11, 2017 3:25 PM
Russell Grant
RE: Frederick Grant
I am sorry, I am confused? Duplicate of what?
Added by Russell Grant on Aug 02, 2017 9:35 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

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