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 Blair Eddelman “Bill” Drum

Blair Eddelman “Bill” Drum

Drums Crossroads, Catawba County, North Carolina, USA
Death 12 Jun 1965 (aged 58)
Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot 95, 014/F
Memorial ID 3704186 · View Source
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This is my uncle Bill; one of my father's brothers. Bill and my father both left rural North Carolina in the mid 1930s to seek their fortunes in the west. My father (Find A Grave Memorial# 52402598) went to work for Conrad Hilton in the hotel business, and though I don't know where Bill worked, they may have worked in similar fields. Soon after the American entry into WWII, both of them signed up for service, though both were a bit older than most who volunteered. My father went into the Navy, while I beleive Bill went into the Army Air Corps (US Air Force Reserve) and earned the rank of Captain. After the war, they went back to their respective careers. I know that they stayed in touch, and probably both lived in the Los Angeles area. When my father died, I was 4 years old, and my uncle Bill was close at hand. My Uncle Bill bought me my first bicycle (with training wheels) when I was just five years old. Several years later, after my mother and I had moved to the Washington DC area, Uncle Bill stopped in at National Airport and we had a nice lunch with him... a very special day! The last time I saw my uncle Bill was just a week or so before his death. He had come back to Drum's Crossroads, in North Carolina, to see his family while being treated for cancer. A couple of days before I had to leave, his mind cleared from the drugs he was having to take, and we sat at a small kitchen table and just talked. It was a good day for both of us.
Thank you, Uncle Bill.

Bill Drum had a (first) wife, Nadine (20112725), a daughter, Carol, and a (second) wife Dorothy.

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  • Maintained by: Conrad Drum
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 4 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3704186
  • Conrad Drum
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Blair Eddelman “Bill” Drum (22 Dec 1906–12 Jun 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3704186, citing Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Conrad Drum (contributor 47286575) .