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Melanie (#46523315)
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Bio Photo I will be happy to add biographical information to any of my memorials. Please put "Find A Grave" in the subject line of any e-mails so I know it's not spam.
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David T. Roberts
Martha Raye
The following is from an Army Aviator who takes a trip down memory lane: "It was just before Thanksgiving '67 and we were ferrying dead and wounded from a large GRF west of Pleiku. We had run out of body bags by noon, so the Hook (CH-47 CHINOOK) was pretty rough in the back. All of a sudden, we heard a 'take-charge' woman's voice in the rear.

There was the singer and actress, Martha Raye, with a Special Forces beret and jungle fatigues, with subdued markings, helping the wounded into the Chinook, and carrying the dead aboard. Maggie' had been visiting her Special Forces (SF) 'heroes' out 'west'.

We took off, short of fuel, and headed to the USAF hospital pad at Pleiku. As we all started unloading our sad pax's, a USAF Captain said to Martha.... "Ms Raye, with all these dead and wounded to process, there would not be time for your show!"

To all of our surprise, she pulled on her right collar and said "Captain, see this eagle? I am a full 'Bird' in the US Army Reserve, and on this is a 'Caduceus' which means I am a Nurse, with a surgical specialty.... now, take me to your wounded!"

He said, "Yes ma'am.... follow me."

Several times at the Army Field Hospital in Pleiku, she would 'cover' a surgical shift, giving a nurse a well-deserved break.
Martha is the only woman buried in the SF (Special Forces) cemetery at Ft Bragg.
Added by David T. Roberts on Dec 05, 2016 10:30 AM
Robin Verenes
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Hi Melanie

RE:11256361 and 11256356 Hoag Cemetery
Edward Wade and Anna Wade

Can you send copy of the picture you took of the graves to


PS do you know the maiden name of Anna Wade?
Added by Robin Verenes on Dec 01, 2016 10:26 AM
Thank you for your photo of McLane Cemetery.
Added by JCPFinder on Mar 25, 2016 3:05 PM
I have deleted my inadvertent duplicate of Susan
Thank you for letting me know. Sorry for your loss. Edie
Added by Edie on Jan 04, 2016 6:38 PM
Lynne Pollock
Samuel O Blair
Melanie - Thank you for making this memorial. There is, however, a correction to the name. Samuel's middle initial is Q not O. It is hard to see on the tombstone but what has been picked up as the . after the letter is indeed the curl of the Q. - Samuel is my husband's great grandfather. Family history is that Samuel had no middle name or initial. When he enlisted for the civil war, he was told that he needed at least an initial so he chose Q. His name is engrave on the Pennsylvania monument at Gettysburg. Again, thank you for your contribution to Find A Grave. Lynita (Mrs. David Blair) Pollock
Added by Lynne Pollock on Nov 23, 2015 7:23 AM
RE: Tom Andres

I remember Eileen as being so kind and very soft spoken. I had no idea she had so many step-children! All my sister and I knew were Tom and Bob (the name George confused me.)

We were both very saddened when they moved. We then encountering Tom again when I was very young when he was an usher at Warner's Theater.

Thanks for your response. I still have one friend living in Erie that I correspond with regularly. However, a widely spread pack of Academy '61 pals
stays in regular touch.

All the best to you and yours

Added by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2015 2:54 PM
Tom AndresErie PA/ Find-a-Grave

I think I have found my childhood friend from Erie, PA.--Tommy Andres and perhaps his kind mother.

Did Tom's mother and kids live on 30th street, between Cascade and Raspberry?

I remember his mother (Eileen Strawn, perhaps?) She was a single mother, which was unusual in my neighborhood. He had a younger brother--perhaps George?

A bit older than the rest of the kids, Tom was always the leader of games!

G. Madsen
Added by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2015 12:06 PM
Richard Hodges
LCPL Chance Phelps (#8707911)
Melanie, I saw this message on Brenda's page that I think was actually meant for you...

See Memorial #8707911 LCpl Chance Russell Phelps...

"I couldn't help but notice that you provided the bio for LCpl Chance Russell Phelps. I think it would be nice and appropriate to add that the Movie, "Taking Chance," starring Kevin Bacon, depicts Chance's transport home to Wyoming, also providing a heart warming bio of him and his family. I was so very moved by that Movie, as I'm sure hundreds of thousands of others were, that I purchased it to share with my grandsons. It really made Chance Russell Phelps "famous" in our hearts. Blessings, Sandi :-)
Thanks, Richard

Added by Richard Hodges on Oct 09, 2015 8:11 AM
RE: Schnell connection
Hi Melanie,

We are related! I believe we exchanged e-mail in Jan 2012. I live in California, but I'm in Erie this week, doing research. I'm pulling about 300 obituaries from the library, and visiting about 10 cemeteries in Erie, Edinboro, and Girard. Would you like to meet for a drink?

Added by SJSchnell on Sep 16, 2015 9:14 PM
John Hagerty
RE: Carol?
I am sorry, but I thought you might know how I can resolve this. She (Carol)seems to have gone around entering info on graves as a hobby & she has passed away & she now "owns" some of my family graves. One of the is Pearl Meyer, my mother in law. I saw your name & I thought you are familiar with her.
Added by John Hagerty on May 01, 2015 6:20 PM
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