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My primary focus is researching and honoring our WWII soldiers who were killed in action or who are still listed as missing in action. My focus is primarily on Kansans, the 137th Infantry Regiment, Prisoners of War, the 31st Infantry Regiment and veterans who were laid to rest in national cemeteries. Their sacrifice needs to be remembered and honored. I wish to leave a flower for every WWII soldier, sailor or airmen that I research. My inspiration for doing this are family members, TEC 5 Edward J. Ackermann (Find A Grave Memorial #24236825); 1st Lieutenant Lawrence M. Edman (Find A Grave Memorials #56289441 & 11307719); and 1st Lieutenant John R. Riisoe (Find A Grave Memorials #56763052 & #11535944). May their service and sacrifice be forever remembered. We miss them.
Regarding duplicate memorials, it's never my intention to create a duplicate on purpose. If you come across a duplicate I that have made, please submit an SAC on the Edit tab of the memorial page and let me know, and please provide the number of the original memorial. Thank you.
***Previously, I had created virtual cemeteries for every Kansas county as well as the marine and navy personnel who were listed in NARA War Department records as being from Kansas. Unfortunately, I have had to start this list over because Find-A-Grave has deleted over 40,000 virtual flowers that I had left over the last 3+ years. I can never replace all of that effort as well as the many hours that I spent researching these heroes. So, I am in the process of compiling these lists again. Please forgive me, this will take some time.***
For those of you receiving my edits for Kansas WWII casualties, I thought that the following information would be helpful.
Type of Casualty:
Killed in Action: Includes those killed at the front or by enemy action, or if a prisoner of war, by aerial bombardment of the prison camp or by being shot while escaping
Died of Wounds: Wounded in action and later died of those wounds
Died of Injuries: Those who suffered fatal injuries, as opposed to wounds, in combat or in combat areas
Died (Non-Battle): All other line-of-duty deaths, including illness, homicide or suicide, and accidents outside combat areas
Finding of Death: Pursuant to Public Law 490 (77th Congress) as amended, the Secretary of War determined that there was either conclusive proof that the person is dead, or overwhelming evidence that the person could not have remained alive under the circumstances.