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This screen name is a joint account for members of the Park, Blalock, Brown (Leschen Bruhn), Pick, Allen, Tuttle, Meyers, Stanborough, Brooks, Kurz, Gaudet, Rizan, Esserman, Gantner and Lyon families (our children and their spouses). We work on the postings and biographical information together, making one large family tree. Welcome!

*About our family*
Donald Edward PARK inspired us to discover our family history. Beginning when we were very young, he was our guide to the past, from exploring time-worn cemeteries to examining dusty documents for even the tiniest hints. It's been an almost lifelong journey! Three generations of our family are involved in this hunt... and we have introduced each new in-law to the unique perspective and enhanced appreciation that comes with experiencing history through graving. In addition to researching our own family, we are working to create memorials for those who directly served in wartime with members of our family... including many young men who never came home. Hopefully, their legacy of service can live on through these efforts. We have also documented two previously forgotten cemeteries for former slaves and their descendants. We plan to continue in these efforts.

*Spotlight on history*
We invite you to read about a few of our relatives who served during World War II: Col. Dennis F. BLALOCK (survived Rapido River, helped liberate a concentration camp - received Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), BM1 Thomas W. STANBOROUGH (survivor of the U.S.S. Arizona, later died in the Solomon Sea), Captain/Master Thomas STANBOROUGH (naturalized U.S. citizen from Australia, Ship's Master with the U.S. Merchant Marine, sunk by German submarine U-158 in the Gulf of Mexico), Lt. Col. Zachariah T. STANBOROUGH (bomber pilot with the Army Air Corps), Thelma Stanborough BLALOCK (airfield support with the Army Air Corps), PFC Henry H. ALLEN Jr. (tank instructor and marksman with the Army), and Lt. Col. Bernice Vivian TAYLOR (a nurse with the Army, serving in the trenches on the road to Burma, who was the real life inspiration for Milton Caniff's character "Taffy Tucker").

To visit the graves of more World War II veterans, we invite you to view the virtual cemeteries found on this page for the following groups: Fox Corps 141st Infantry 36th Division (soldiers who assisted in liberating a subcamp of Dachau), U.S.S. Arizona Gold Star Survivors (those men who survived the sinking of the Arizona but died later during the war), 95th Bomb Group, U.S. Army Air Corps (some of the men flying out of England over Germany with Command Pilot Zach Stanborough), and the Crew of the S.S. Hermis (a merchant marine ship that was torpedoed by U-boat 158 in the Gulf of Mexico on 6 June 1942). All of these men served with one of our family members.

*A note about images and biographies*
Here are the guidelines for using images and information we posted at Find-A-Grave:

(1) Photo of grave: These may be used anywhere. Please include photo credit.

(2) Biography, caption or photo of person(s): These may be used for educational or historical preservation purposes ONLY in non-profit circumstances. Please note that Ancestry.com is not a non-profit website. Full and proper credit must be included.

(3) Document: Many documents we have uploaded were scanned from originals held by the family. If an image is clearly scanned from an original, please DO NOT share it elsewhere. However, any image that has clearly come from a public database may be shared, as it is already within the public domain.

*A note about transfers*
If a memorial is for someone who is not from one of our family lines, we will transfer it to anyone interested in managing it. If a memorial is for someone who is from one of our family lines, but who is not our direct ancestor, we will transfer it within the guidelines set forth by FindAGrave.

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