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John S. Sims (#47168005)
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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 four 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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L.A. Cartledge
RE: Alderman Family Cemetery
I appreciate your answering me. I finally found it!
FYI, it is @ 583 West Alderman Road, Statesboro, GA 30458. Thank you, LAC
Added by L.A. Cartledge on Jul 09, 2017 7:57 PM
Kurt Lau
RE: Photo Request - Walter Walker
Hi John,
You're welcome, I'm glad I was able to fulfill your photo request of Walter Walker's gravesite.

Best regards,

Kurt
Added by Kurt Lau on Jul 07, 2017 7:19 AM
Dominique Potier
RE: Chatt. Photo Request
Thanks ;-)
Added by Dominique Potier on Jun 20, 2017 4:42 AM
Art Block
Samuel Keezer and Henry Randall
Thanks for the photos for these Civil War Soldiers.
Added by Art Block on Jun 11, 2017 11:38 AM
Kathleen Susan Dew Dempsey
RE: 5-26-13
Thank you so very much !
Added by Kathleen Susan Dew Dempse... on May 17, 2017 12:00 PM
USCT Cemetery Mgr.
In Re: USCT Trooper Corporal Addison Tinsley #2996792

Attention: John S. Sims (#47168005)

Thank you for your very prompt correction of the rank prefix of USCT Trooper Corporal Addison Tinsley.

Please keep up your "Good Work(s)" in regard to Find-A-Grave Memorials.

I remain,

Sincerely yours,

Michael James Morton - USCT Cemetery Mgr. (#49120946)
Added by USCT Cemetery Mgr. on Apr 18, 2017 1:20 AM
pam hale
elsie marie bracelin
Elsie, my mother, is the wife of Glen Hastings Waggoner buried in this same grave at Willamette Nat. Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. Bracelin is the name of her second deceased ex-husband. Glen Waggoner was the love of her life whom she chose to have her ashes placed with 51 yrs. after his tragic death in a head on collision when 39 yrs old.
Added by pam hale on Apr 15, 2017 2:22 PM
Thomas Scott
RE: Nicklin Family
Count me in John. That sounds like a plan. I failed to mention. John had several contributors and one other "co-author", Gustavus Hindman Miller, that he gave credit to, in writing "The Millers of Millersburg".
Thomas
Added by Thomas Scott on Mar 27, 2017 2:27 PM
Thomas Scott
RE: Nicklin Family
I have a first edition genealogy book, "The Millers of Millersburg", written by her son, John Bailey Calvert Nicklin. The book has some very valuable information about my Scott family. I feel indebted to Mr. Nicklin. I began researching the Nicklin family to see if we were related. I do not see any kinship but continue to look.
The Nicklins had four sons: Benjamin Patten Nicklin (b. Jan. 24, 1873 ___), Dwight Pendleton Nicklin (b, Mar. 22, 1875___), Sammy Strang (b. Dec.16,1876-Mar.13,1932), and John Bailey Calvert Nicklin (b.Dec. 17, 1881___).They are all interned there with their parents.
Out of respect, I wanted to sponsor their memorials and get those distracting ads removed. I would be honored to have them and would get their memorials linked together.
Kindest Regards,
Thomas Scott
Added by Thomas Scott on Mar 27, 2017 1:16 PM
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William Seibring
Thanks for the photo.
Added by Art Block on Mar 19, 2017 8:58 AM
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