Rodger Asai

Member for
8 years · 3 months · 21 days
Find a Grave ID
47946759

Bio

My research for the Remembrance Rug often brings me across additional info - which I like to provide so that these records may be more complete and others will not need to duplicate that research.

I have now completed the process of cross-referencing the NARA Army Casualty database records of overseas Dependent Deaths in the 1970's. Please do no reject these Edits out of hand as "not making sense that a child would die overseas and be buried in the U.S.".

Where would you choose to bury your child if they died overseas while you were working or vacationing there at the time? It strikes me as very odd that some would choose to Thank people for their service by saying that their choice to bring their military dependent home for burial "makes no sense".

I now have an abbreviated list of around 5100 Military Dependents, mostly children, mostly under 5 years of age that died during the 1970s. It is in a spreadsheet format. If you would like a copy - send an email directly to me and I will attach it by reply email.
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There is a video one of my cousins made in 2011 when it was somewhat shorter than now:

https://youtu.be/WDbd84WGolI

As of Memorial Day 2020 the RRug is 250 feet long and contains symbols for 14,695 (still plenty left to add).

Note in general:
When a person died while on active duty I do not consider myself in a position to deny them their hard earned rank and so I endeavor to include it in the field provided by Find-A-Grave for it. The list was expanded a couple of years ago so I know many of the appropriate abbreviations did not exist at the time many pages were originally established.

For those who had completed their service and hung up their uniforms (veterans) - whether or not to address them by the rank they last held - should be left to the family.

When I cannot locate a page here for all of the people killed in a group event - I try to include the names of all who died together so that whenever new pages are added for them it will be easy for them to find that part of the history for their bio.

Lastly, I try to use the comment section for current and "open items" only.

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