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John S. Sims (#47168005)
 member for 7 years, 7 months, 5 days
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Bio Photo I am a retired Lutheran minister living in metro Chattanooga, TN (Hixson). The Chattanooga National Cemetery is my favorite place to go for Find A Grave and I feel honored to be a data manager for it. Where you see "[jsims]" it is data that I have entered on a given memorial that I do not manage. In addition to having three family members at Chattanooga National, I simply consider it sacred ground and am pleased to help in honoring the memory of all the veterans there. This is my personal perspective: "For every American who loves this country, every veteran is family."

Having attended the annual Medal of Honor Museum banquet on 26 April 2015, I was reminded by Sammy Lee Davis (the "real" Forrest Gump) that my generation owes much more homage to Viet Nam veterans than many of us gave them in the 1960s. I am thus adding a virtual cemetery for Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients and I have joined the Associates of Vietnam Veterans as a Life Member.

My other current research focus is on a graves registration project for the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans. I welcome any inquiries or correspondence on 1898-1902 veterans. I am also a volunteer docent at the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center located near my home.... I'm enjoying all the new things I'm learning about MOH recipients; among them, Desmond Doss, whose burial is at Chattanooga National, is a new "modern" hero for me.

Some of my friends have asked me why I research and memorialize "Yankees" and especially USCT. I have also been asked why should I or anyone memorialize the German POWs. To all who wonder, I direct you to the hymn, "In Christ There Is No East or West."

I give general permission for the use of any photographs that I have taken in non-profit heritage projects or family trees. It would be "nice" to hear where this happens and to be given credit. I will gladly consider the transfer of "ownership" for any memorial made by the request of a biological family member.
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Art Block
William Seibring
Thanks for the photo.
Added by Art Block on Mar 19, 2017 8:58 AM
Therese Fenner Boucher
RE: Photo Request
any photo of Henry Paquette as a soldier at Ft. Oglethorpe or as an adult? No.Sorry
Added by Therese Fenner Boucher on Feb 11, 2017 10:34 AM
RE: Photo Request
you are very welcome. i'm glad i could locate John's resting place and photograph for you.
Added by snipps on Feb 07, 2017 6:03 PM
Linking Families
RE: Paquette Links

No, I am not a relative. I just enjoy researching and connecting families that have not been linked on F.A.G.
Added by Linking Families on Feb 04, 2017 3:55 PM
Carol Ballard
RE: Photo Request
Your very welcome!
Added by Carol Ballard on Jan 29, 2017 1:39 PM
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Adelbert Hannum
Thank you for trying to find him in the cemetery. He must be ones that was "unknown" because we know that he was buried there from the Civil War. Thank you.
Added by Love My Ancestors on Jan 28, 2017 8:12 AM
Earl Berry
if you want to up date info on Thurman Berry
He died 23 January 2004 from Earl P. berry Jr., Sumter, S. C.
Added by Earl Berry on Dec 17, 2016 5:58 PM
14th OH Volunteer Infantry
Hi John,
I was reading a post on your page:

" of the "unknown gravestones" for 14 of the soldiers of the 14th OH Volunteer Infantry who were all killed during the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863. I really like how you composed the photos. During that battle, a total of 45 men of the 14th OH were killed in action--essentially, all of them are "unknowns" as to exactly where they are buried."

You know I have been interested in the Unknowns, can you please tell me the grave numbers of these Unknowns and the photos of their gravestones?

Thanks. Glad to see you are continuing your work in CNC to honor all Veterans.

Added by Janet on Dec 12, 2016 8:51 AM
I understand honoring all soldiers because they served. It wasn't always a choice.
Added by Dign_Up_Bones on Nov 27, 2016 6:35 PM
Emma Walling
Spanish Am War
Hi John,
While photographing yesterday I found a SP Am war Vet and thought I would forward the information to you.
Joseph R. Marling memorial # 28230362. Hope he is a new name for you.
Emma Walling
Added by Emma Walling on Nov 17, 2016 1:53 PM
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