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Diane Merkel (#46626915)
 member for 13 years, 1 month, 29 days
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Bio Photo I welcome any and all information concerning the participants (cavalry and Indian) at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

I am also interested in anyone who lived in Walton County, Florida.

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Diane Winters
RE: George Heid
I truly appreciate your intentions and all the research and work you're doing to honor the 7th Cavalry.

Since finding my husband's 2Xgreat-gandfather, David Cronin, who died during the US Civil War at Fort Abercrombie, and following his dis-interments and re-interments in the various Forts along the way to his final resting place at Custer Battlefield National Cemetery, I found many burials now listed at Custer under incorrect spellings. For me and my family, this is such a dishonor to our own ancestor to have his grave marker inscribed with the wrong spelling of his surname. In response to my request to Custer Battlefield National Cemetery to replace his marker, I received an email stating "we are unable to replace his Civil War style headstone because it is a protected Historic Structure (NPS-LIBI HS-0037) determination made on October 15, 1966 in our List of Classified Structures and as such is "Contributing to the National Significance" as defined in the 1966 Historic Preservation Act (LCS I.D. #23060)."

Since then, I have found many, many names are incorrect but there seems to be no descendants, or relatives to be found that can speak for them. So last October, I began my quest to sort out the information that is there and work on remedies for all the situations I've come upon. I've also found several hundred (yes hundreds) of duplicated memorials in this cemetery. So I check the new entries being made about every week or so, and that's how I found yours so quickly.

I've also seen the other cemeteries, "Little Big Horn Battlefield" and 'Little Bighorn National Monument" - of course, this needs to be addressed as well, but I was holding off until I get through the rest my initial 'sort' (I'm thru the M's as of last week). I suspect that it's going to come down to Find A Grave making a decision on either merging them or separating them - but the duplicates will still need to be cleared up.

Anyway - this has become a bigger challenge than I anticipated but worth all the work involved.

Best Regards,

As a side note: My husband also has a great-uncle that earned the Medal of Honor for his service at the Battle of Little Big Horn - James Pym. He's buried at Miles City.

Added by Diane Winters on Jan 25, 2015 9:55 AM
Diane Winters
RE: George Heid
THank you so much for your quick response.

Please know that George Heit/Heid is NOT my relative. I am just a volunteer that is working towards getting the memorials updated and the duplicates eliminated. It would appear that the contributor that entered the original memorial is a great-grand niece and, like me, has found their ancestor's surname misspelled on the marker and records. Therefore, like me, she's chosen to use the correct family spelling.

Anyway, I am not in a position to 'compromise' or make cross references. Again, I'm just a volunteer and saw that you accidently made a duplicate of an existing memorial due to the surname spelling. With that said, I'll forward my original request, your reply and a copy of this communication to Find A Grave editors and let them make the final decision.

Thanks again,

Added by Diane Winters on Jan 23, 2015 10:15 AM
Kaye Miller
RE: Pic request
Thanks Diane, the pic looks great. I know what you mean about the lighting, sometimes the sun will directly on the marker/headstone you're trying to photograph and it drives me nuts. We knew the Clauson family as we were growing up, they lived around the corner from us. Their son, John graduated the same year as me. Great family and I know both of them are missed terribly. Thanks again Diane. Have a great day and weekend.
Added by Kaye Miller on May 30, 2014 9:23 AM
Kaye Miller
Pic request
Hi Diane,

Thanks you so much for taking the pics of Curtis Clauson's marker. Nice pic too. I made a memorial page for his wife who passed away recently. If you want to you can transfer the combined pic of their headstone or wait and take an updated pic of it later.

Have a great day and weekend.

Thanks again.


Added by Kaye Miller on May 30, 2014 5:01 AM
Brian Backes
RE: James P. Boyle Memorial
You're very welcome. You may also be interested in the memorial for Jacob Horner #25633113, supposed to be the last survivor of Custer's 7th Cavalry. You may know more information than I. I know there is at least one more 7th Cavalry soldier among my entries, but not sure who or where.

Added by Brian Backes on Nov 27, 2011 6:01 PM
Matthew Maroney
Transferred to you for your maintenance. Please include the biographical information and references, which I found very interesting.
Thanks to people like you, Find A Grave is a success.
Added by GulfportBob on Oct 04, 2010 11:24 AM
douglas simpson
d. simpson
Dear Diane;
Thanks so much for taking the photos of Douglas' grave site for me. I do appreciate it. Nice job by the way. Thanks again.

Douglas Simpson
(PS My sister's name is Diann :-) )
Added by douglas simpson on Apr 19, 2009 9:26 AM

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