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John Dowdy (#47791572)
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I live in Aberdeen Maryland.
Amateur genealogist and historian.

Thanks to all that have provided grave photo's,
Memorial transfers and Biographical information.
This is a great resource. Thanks to all.

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Added by ShaneO on Feb 05, 2017 7:58 PM
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Do you want to add manager Earl Weaver - 103775232 to your Baltimore Orioles Virtual Cemetery. -- Thanks, Dave
Added by David Haspert on Feb 03, 2017 2:41 AM
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Mr Dowdy:
Thanks so much for the picture of my Uncle Harvey's gravesite! His family appreciates it more than you know)!
Added by Susie Jackson on Jan 15, 2017 6:24 PM
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I believe Kenneth Duenke was also killed aboard the SS Paul Hamilton. This belief is based in part on a webpage from the North African American Cemetery in Tunisia. Please consider adding his name to the list of those in your virtual graveyard. Thank you.
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Added by Teresa Collett on Jan 10, 2017 9:40 AM
Hugh Reynolds
I have requested to add Hugh Reynolds 112271093 parents:

Dad James #146623934

Mom Mittie #174701593
Added by Shannon on Jan 08, 2017 6:52 AM
I have transferred Thomas Roop to your care and hope you pass him on to family when asked. Thanks
Added by OkieBran on Dec 17, 2016 5:09 PM
Connie Loncke
James Roach
You have asked for the management of James Roach memorial #111631308 I have transferred it to you.

FYI My uncle Leonard Crandell was the pilot of the B24 Liberator "Kaybar" which crashed near Wesel Germany on 3/24/45. All were KIA including James Roach. My late husband Peter Loncke found the crash site and a memorial was placed at the site in September 2001. He also placed a memorial plaque on the town hall in nearby Hamminkeln Germany. At the memorial service Peter introduced to an elderly man who as a young 15 year old boy was on the gun crew who shot the B-24 down. Peter and I have visited the site several times and have brought small pieces of the Liberator and bullets home.
Peter was a Belgian who served 38 years in the Belgian Air Force. His life's hobby was finding WWII downed aircraft and then searching for survivors or family of those KIA and putting memorials in place. It was his way of thanking those who liberated his family. His mother was forced to work in Magdenburg Germany during the war and his uncle was in a forced labor camp. His father Gerard Loncke was a famous bicycle racer and was able to stay in Belgium during the war.
Added by Connie Loncke on Nov 29, 2016 6:35 AM
Salty Antoni
Testa, John J
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Testa, John J 172225937
b. Mar. 22, 1914 d. Jun. 9, 1974

Branch 1 ARMY
Enlistment Date 1 10 Jul 1944
Release Date 1 2 Feb 1946

later salty
Added by Salty Antoni on Nov 22, 2016 11:58 AM
RE: LtCol Peter McGoldrick
I do not have a lot of experience with military cemeteries, just Arlington National. The one in Tunis amazed me in the meticulous way it was maintained. I met the superintendent and he was obviously proud of the cemetery and took his job seriously. (He actually formally thanked me for my work and presented me with a memento.) I wish I would have had time to explore the educational aspects of the facility. The facility is guarded and it is well fenced. It is also located outside of Tunis in the Carthage area which would also improve security. You are correct about photo volunteers in that there was a four year backlog of 297 photo requests which is why I had the goal of responding to all of them. I now have photos of all the "Tablets of the Missing" so I can take care of your photo requests. (Each name is photographed twice; once in an overall picture of the tablet and a second time in one of the three or four close-ups that cover each tablet.) The graves are another issue. I took two pics of each grave that had a photo request but once I get those pics uploaded, the cemetery will still be less than 20% photographed. I expect that I will return to Tunis but it could be years away. As a side note; visiting Tunis and the cemetery was special to me because my father served in Tunisia and Algeria before moving on to Italy. I figure he had to have known some of the soldiers who reside in the Tunis cemetery. Respectfully, PaulofAnnandale, Virgina
Added by paulofannandale on Nov 21, 2016 9:36 PM
Jane Holmes
Lloyd Blackford/Jack Holmes
Dear Mr Dowdy

I have just come across a memorial for Lloyd Blackford during my search for more information about my father, Jack Holmes.

There is a photo on this memorial of the entire crew, including my father. I barely knew him and am doing research on his military career as I want to get to know more about him. I actually have his 'pink sheet' from the Dulag-Luft - given to me by his widow.

I just want to know more about him in general. I can't believe I have found this page and am so excited! If anyone who sees this message knew, or knew of, my father, please - I would be so grateful to hear of anything.

I came across this page as I have a photo of Jack Holmes with his 'crew members' taken in 1988 when four of them got together with their names on the back and I googled Lloyd Blackford.

Thanks for any help you may be able to give. I live in the UK.
Added by Jane Holmes on Nov 21, 2016 6:47 AM
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