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Michael V Drachman (#47533584)
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Bio Photo These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They may or may not sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead.

~ Robert G. Ingersoll


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For me a simple attribution, Michael V. Drachman 2000-2015 works for any of my bio's for personal use. (Pictures ).

Should you use my pictures and wish to publish them elsewhere, say Ancestry or other similar PAY sites, please,, Post the link to the site here at Find A Grave..

Please remember that even though Ancestry has acquired Findagrave, Ancestry is a pay site, posting pictures there, or similar pay sites, transfers your ownership, like FB. This is mentioned (in very fine print) in all of their disclosures.

Findagrave was built by thousands of volunteers who's time was donated for the benefit of family members and friends,,who in many cases are not able to visit the resting places of their family members. These efforts were always intended to be free of charge and should remain that way,,,,,

"I have a burr under the Saddle on this one" that being pay sites "profiting" from Volunteers work....


In the end, never let yourself become complacent to those who have went before us. Always make time to remember the sacrifices that have been made for us by our Ancestors.

Never forget the Men and Women of our Armed Forces who have guarded our Constitution with their lives, some giving all to secure our rights, liberties and freedoms.

Remember the 100's of thousands soldiers who never came home, many who lie in a unmarked graves, never found or a foreign cemetery as that would indeed make those lives,, lost in vein... Reach out,, honor a Veteran.

Allow us not to embrace any politician. aristocrat, celebrity, who in the name of change, forgets or attempts to direct us to think otherwise..

A Nation which forgets its Defenders,
will itself be forgotten ..

.. God bless America..

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CWO Donovan Lee "Bull" Briley 1959 ~ 1993 Blackhawk Down

Christopher (Chris) Scott Kyle 1974 ~ 2013

Charles Richard Hughes ~ E Company ~ 379th Inf Regiment ~ 95th Division ~ Iron Men of Metz

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Thank you Michael!!!
Added by CTV on Feb 18, 2017 10:06 AM
Emeric Fredrick Fijacko
Hello Michael,

Emeric Fredrick Fijacko (memorial #96016532) is my family member on my mother's side. I would appreciate if you would consider transferring this memorial to my care (acct# 46915890). I'm a vet myself and would like to care for those family members memorials that are also vets. I appreciate your help with caring for my family members memorial thus far.

Added by CTV on Feb 17, 2017 12:57 PM
Raymond Teske
RE: 106th
Michael My email address is
If things go as planned we will be at Epinal for the Memorial Day ceremony. That is our goal. However, we may be in Brittany and would go to St. James on Memorial Day. We know the director and assistant director quite well.
Epinal has also interested me because that is where Emile Durkheim grew up. Although he is buried in Paris, his family members are buried in the Epinal Jewish cemetery. His moving from Epinal to Paris set the foundation for his books which became the foundation of sociology--and carried over to influence the developing field of sociology, along with criminology, in the USA.
I think I will devote some time to writing a bio of Ralph Barone this evening.
Where are you located. France (Alsace/Lorraine) or Germany?
Added by Raymond Teske on Jan 23, 2017 10:05 AM
Raymond Teske
I forgot to add. I have all the radio logs for Group Hq and both squadrons, minute by minute transcribed. I have the after action reports, morning reports, and the 1:25000 maps they used. And, of course, my father's memoirs and many letters. Occasionally my wife and I still find the fox holes dug at certain coordinates.
We are in the middle of finally recovering the remains of the last trooper who was killed on 2 August 1944. It has taken a tremendous amount of work to locate the remains in a French forest. Ground radar and cadaver dogs have pinpointed the remains. We are waiting for JPAC to exhume soon.
Added by Raymond Teske on Jan 12, 2017 10:50 PM
Raymond Teske
106th Cavalry
Hi Michael,
My father served in Troop B, 121st cavalry reconnaissance squadron. You may know that in England the 106th regiment was reorganized into two squadrons under Group HQ.
My wife and I made a special trip to St. Avold, staying overnight so that we could catch the morning sun on the crosses. working with the assistant director we also put the sand on them and placed flags. We photographed the 36 graves of troopers who served with my father. Dad started 25 Nov. 1940 when the regiment was still horse cavalry. In fact, many of the troopers from that date finished the war together. I see that CWGC/ABMC put the site for PFC Ralph Barone on Findagrave. I intended to add a clear photo of the cross but seem to not have it. I do have photo of the wall name etc.
I will write a detailed history of Pvt. Barone soon. You may know his remains were found after the war when the village was digging a trench for a street light. I do have the statement of the details of what happened wen he was KIA. In fact, my wife went there and spent some time as well. I noticed that you included the patch for the 106th. Do you have a personal family or other interest in Pvt. Barone?
My wife, Jane, and I try to attend a Memorial Day ceremony at one of the cemeteries in France each year. We should be at Epinal again this May.
If you have any personal interest in Pvt. Barone or the 106/121 please ask. I would be willing to share any info you might be interested in.
Visiting some of the graves can be quite emotional for me. Dad was with or near some when the were KIA. He told me personal stories about many of them and left details in his memoirs. The original regiment that arrived in England consisted of those with IDs starting with 206, plus about 500 who were brought together with the regiment in October 1942. With very few exceptions those are the men who landed at Normandy--so they were together for quite some time.
Raymond Teske, Jr.
304 Elkins Lake
Huntsville, TX 77340
(936) 295-6274
Added by Raymond Teske on Jan 12, 2017 10:45 PM
Chesnut/Behunin Descendant

I hope I did not confuse you with my suggest a Correction. If I did, let me know.

I have posted a lot of pics on your memorials. I am Sooooo Very Grateful for your time and energy on this site.

From your bio::::

"I have a burr under the Saddle on this one" that being pay sites "profiting" from Volunteers work.... """

I have that same burr.

I will not even type out the name of the one.
I have had a couple of discussions with their Employees in the Family History Library.
They Always shut up and return to their seats, where they are TAKING Volunteered research onto their PAY TO USE SITE.
And then they play games with What Kind of Access visitors of that Library can use for Free.
It literally makes me sick and I honestly hope my brain is completely gone, if it and Billion ---another one become the only Tools .
I am too busy indexing MY OWN STONES I CAN SEE WHILE I AM THERE to have to Index someone else's so I can EARN the Right to [Make A Request]
I am sooooo far off it is not funny. Well maybe it is.

I have talked to Cemetery Sextons, who have big problems with Billion Gravers.
Another issue I have with them, is there is no concern for those who have never had a stone or it is buried by gophers.
I come home SORE. I am not about to index someone else's who cannot move anything but a Thumb to snap the button.

I am an empty nester and this is somewhat saving my sanity

You are Welcome to DELETE ME if you wish.

Added by Chesnut/Behunin Descendan... on Dec 16, 2016 6:48 PM
Mary Spykerman
I just noticed that your memorial for Mary Banks Spykerman (89609942) was a duplicate of one I created earlier. But a lot of family links was been connected to yours so I am deleted mine. Her granddaughter (48571389) has requested that I transfer ownership to her. I hope you will consider transferring ownership or your memorial to her.


Added by J on Nov 04, 2016 4:37 PM
Clifford Harold Pedersen
Betty Jane Prangle Levet #98575426
Mr. Drachman
I finally did remove from Betty's memorial the Utah State Veterans Memiorial Cemetery in Draper, Utah as per your information.
Losing the US State identity on memorials makes searching the general internet more difficult.
Betty and her husband Charlie Levet were my long time friends and coworkers at Sperry Univac.
Sorry for the delay,
Clifford Pedersen
Added by Clifford Harold Pedersen on May 09, 2016 1:49 PM
Charles W Levet# 47679017
Thank You for your memorial posted in memory of Charles
Levet. He is a distant relative.His grandmother( Margaret Dunlap Stott was a sister of my great grandfatherx2)
I have been researching the Stott branch of my family .His mother Hannah and most of the family made their home in Chester( city) Delaware County,Pa. Chester County is next toDelaware County.Chester ( city) is often confused as Chester researchers .
I found your site by just typing in his name and birth year--what a surprise to discover he had moved to Utah.I like to find
family members who were veterans. I served as an army nurse in Viet Nam.
Charles and Betty Jane were married 9 June 1951 in Upland Baptist Church, Delaware County, Pa.
Maureen Robinson

Added by Anonymous on May 08, 2016 12:02 PM
Ken Davis
Roy Lee Richardson
Find A Grave Memorial# 93391949

Mr. Drachman, I've taken the liberty of using your marker photo to document 1LT RICHARDSON's place of burial in the Coffelt Database of Vietnam casualties at The photo is attributed as you directed. is a "Pay" site only in the sense that we (The Coffelt Group) pay for it from our own personal time and hip pockets. No advertisements, no "memberships", no cost for access - just documented information on our Vietnam dead.

Thank you for allowing us do this for 1LT RICHARDSON.

Ken Davis
Member, The Coffelt Group
Added by Ken Davis on Apr 30, 2016 10:18 AM
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