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Sharon Goddard (#47191916)
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Bio Photo Please contact me if any info I've submitted is incorrect, needs to be updated or have editing privileges transferred.

"In each family, there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts, but instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe."

Seen on another contributor's profile. I couldn't agree more.


"the dead are not far from us... they cling in some strange way to what is most still and deep within us" - William Butler Yeats


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Joseph Turton
Lt. Francis G. Turton
Hi Sharon:
Let me begin by thanking you for maintaining the memory of my late Uncle Lt. Francis G. Turton. Sadly, I never had the priviliege to meet my Uncle Fran and thank him for his bravery during WW II. I had recently done some research on him and was fortunate in discovering "Find A Grave" and your contribution.There were a few pieces of information that I can offer about Lt. Turton:
A. He had three additional siblings:
1. Austin Turton, brother, 1918-1924
2. Mary Turton (Johnson) 1916-1996
3. Anne Martin Turton CSJ (Gertrude) 1923-1973

B. Lt. Turton was awarded the Silver Medal for gallantry on or about Nov. 1944. There was a Troy Record article about this award, but I can no longer locate it. However, in the Troy Record/Watervliet News, July 16, 1949, an article appears regarding the funeral rites for Lt. Turton whose remains were buried in Germany and had no been transferred to the Family ZPlot at St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy, NY. The article again mentions his Silver Star Award.

C. Reference the book "The Last Roll Call, 29th Infantry Div. Victorious, 1945" by Joseph Balkoski. Among the biographical references is this passage on pg. 182; "So far the three-day effort to capture Dortmund had cost the 116th 124 casaulties.....". "ONE CASUALTY THAT OCCURRED THE NEXT DAY, APRIL 7, EPITOMIZED THE PITLESS FORTUNES OF WAR. LT. FRANCIS TURTON, A 33-YEAR- OLD NATIVE OF ONTARIO, CANADA, WHO LED A PLATOON OF STUART M-5 LIGHT TANKS IN THE 747th (ATTACHED TO THE 116TH) WAS DESCRIBED BY A COMRADE AS 'AN EFFICIENT OFFICER, RESPECTED BY HIS MEN AS AN EXCELLENT COMBAT LEADER AND ALL-AROUND HONORABLE PERSON'. TURTON HAD SURVIVED MONTHS OF SEVERE COMBAT, MOST NOTABLY IN THE 175TH INFANTRY'S EPIC STAND AT BOURHEIM, GERMANY IN NOVEMBER 1944. A MILE BEHIND THE FRONT, HIS LIFE WAS SNUFFED OUT IN A MOMENT BY A TRAGIC MISHAP WHEN A TANKER, PUSHING HIMSELF OUT OF AN M5 HATCH ACCIDENTALLY KNOCKED INTO A FULLY PRIMED MACHINE GUN AND CAUSED IT TO OPEN FIRE. THE UNLUCKY TURTON STANDING DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE GUN, WAS KILLED. A FELLOW TANKER, LT. HOMER WILKES, STATED THE OBVIOUS WHEN HE NOTED, 'HIS DEATH UNDER THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES SADDENED ALL WHO KNEW HIM'.




Added by Joseph Turton on Feb 05, 2017 9:44 AM
Barrie Wile
Leopold Family
Hi Sharon,
Thanks for the additional transfers of my relatives
and all your work.
Barrie
Added by Barrie Wile on Jan 20, 2017 1:59 PM
Bernadette
Robert Mills McDormand
Thank you so much, Sharon, for adding the bio to his memorial. It means a great deal to his family members.

Best regards,
Bernadette
Added by Bernadette on Jan 20, 2017 1:30 AM
Smith Favaro
Celebrate 2017
Reaching out to members, to say thank you for not listing rules and regulations on their profiles.
Profiles should be about our hobby not Find A Grave rules.

Thank you for your profile and all the best for 2017
M
Added by Smith Favaro on Jan 02, 2017 6:45 AM
Elle Beck
Thank you!
Thanks so much, Sharon, for all your efforts in Upper Branch. I'm far away from home now in BC, and it's nice to be able to look up these things (your little message for my brother Dwayne Beck was sweet) from such a distance.

Lindsey
Added by Elle Beck on Dec 04, 2016 4:30 PM
Keith Lawson
Thank you!
Thank you for the photo of my uncle's headstone.

Added by Keith Lawson on Nov 07, 2016 8:03 AM
Barrie Wile
Pearl Cornelius
Sharon
Thank you for the transfer of my Aunt Pearl
Added by Barrie Wile on Oct 23, 2016 11:44 AM
Angie Mckay-Drew
Drews
Thanks for the tranfers.
Added by Angie Mckay-Drew on Jun 22, 2016 1:38 PM
Peter Rognerud
Eileen Beatrice Nauss Rognerud
The Obituary was a Misprint my Mothers name was Beatrice Eileen Naas ,she did not use Beatrice at all but went by Eileen,Beatrice should maybe be put in brackets ? and the correct spelling of her surname was Naas'
I have submitted her Twin Brothers Memorial ,Wesley George Rueben Naas and a copy of the Baptism Certificate is Posted there in the Photos ,I will add one to her Memorial as well
Regards Peter Rognerud
Added by Peter Rognerud on Jun 06, 2016 5:08 PM
Laura
Frances Ricci #64939443
Hi Sharon! I was going to suggest an edit for this memorial to reflect burial in North Cambridge Catholic Cemetery and then I noticed there is a duplicate (#146177710) for her.
Added by Laura on Jun 03, 2016 7:24 AM
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