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Eye Remember U (#47234647)
 member for 4 years, 8 months, 25 days
D. L. Lee
RE: Ruby Alice Alexander
You are very welcome.

Added by D. L. Lee on Oct 07, 2014 1:49 PM

Robert Adams
RE: Linnie McGill
You're welcome. So many have helped me and I wanted to do the same. Bob

Added by Robert Adams on Oct 06, 2014 6:43 AM

Ed Saye
RE: Gene McCannon
Go his memorial and add your obit there. I can't find him without the number or the cemetery.

Ed Saye

Added by Ed Saye on Sep 28, 2014 5:03 PM

Shirley (Coomes) Burkhart
RE: Bettie
Hi Bettie

Sorry, I just got home from vacation a little while ago.
I will try to see what I have later today.


Added by Shirley (Coomes) Burkhart on Sep 22, 2014 12:33 PM

Shirley (Coomes) Burkhart
RE: Finis Williams

I don't know anything about Bettie. That is going to be my next project. I know where everyone else in the family is buried and their date of death.

I will let you know when I have some info


Added by Shirley (Coomes) Burkhart on Sep 19, 2014 6:36 AM

Earl Dye
A. W. Dye 51380316
On July 24, 2014 I requested the transfer of my Great Grandfather to me, and there has been no response. If he was not related to you I would like to have the transfer made. There may be some confusion about his memorial. There was two, the first was contributed to him but was actually his wife Mary Vaughn Dye. I would like to link him to his father and mother and his grandfather and grandmother. Thanks for any help you can give me.

Added by Earl Dye on Sep 14, 2014 3:11 AM

Garlin Neisz
I will keep an eye on his site and photograph when the permanent marker is set.

Added by Remo on Sep 07, 2014 12:24 PM

Earl Dye
A. W. Dye (51380316)
A. W. Dye (51389316) was my great grand-father. Would you mine transfering him to me. Earl Dye (47990951) Thanks in advance.

Added by Earl Dye on Jul 24, 2014 9:28 AM

Chuck Ryskamp
Bad Info
Dear Eye Remember U,

I'm sorry I gave you some incorrect information on one of my relatives. My Aunt Audrey (Holloman) Sigler was the daughter of Jean Dixlie (Childress) Holloman NOT Callie Holloman. I hope you won't mind changing the entry.

Thanks for your help,


Added by Chuck Ryskamp on Jul 18, 2014 1:07 PM

david ford
RE: hello qustion for you
Oscar H. Malone
d. 1912
Plot: Sec: F, Lot: 4694
Added by Eye Remember U
Jul 26, 2012

you dint send in the request?

Added by david ford on Jul 16, 2014 9:13 AM

david ford
hello qustion for you
Find A Grave Memorial# 45963402
sec f is realy over grown and about 65 percent of the stones are missing i took a pic of the sec f sign with the empty feild would u like me to fill it with that pic thout id ask first please let me know as soon as possible or email me (=

Added by david ford on Jul 15, 2014 9:30 PM

Earl Dye
A.W. Dye 51380316
A.W.Dye is my great-grandfather if he is not related to you would you mine transfering him to me.
Earl Dye 47990951. Thanks in advance.

Added by Earl Dye on Jul 13, 2014 4:43 AM

Lucy Northern
Thank you for the information about her parents. I have all of her siblings, believe they were listed in the bio, along with links for some of them, that I sent you. Did you get it? I believe I sent it as suggest any other connection etc under the edit tab. MHN

Added by MHN on Jul 04, 2014 3:35 PM

Lucy Northern
Kentucky is correct. Guess I had Tennessee on my mind

Added by MHN on Jul 04, 2014 3:29 PM

Eliabeth Northern Cox
Find A Grave Memorial# 89671244(George Lucas) He had a first wife Mary Ann Jenkins and had several children with her. He married Elizabeth Northern in 1858 and had three children with her. Elizabeth's first husband was George Cox. They had two children.


Added by MHN on Jun 29, 2014 5:38 AM

Laura David
She was buried in Maryland. Her memorial manager has adedd the obituary that I sent to him. It does not tell where she was buried but there is no doubt that she is Will's wife. Her daughter was a school teacher. All these people I sent inf on are in my husbands family tree and I have done a lot of research on it

Find A Grave Memorial# 86194235

Thank you MHN

Added by MHN on Jun 29, 2014 5:14 AM

William Cook
Transfer request - Opps forgot
On the previous request, forgot to include my contributor #. Where my head was, I don't know! Where ever it was it seems to go there more and more often. ;^) It is William Cook # 47534333.

Added by William Cook on Jun 27, 2014 10:29 AM

William Cook
Transfer Request
If you are not related, I would appreciate the transfer of management of my Great-Grandaunt Margaret Watson's Memorial # 51665153

I have links, other spouse, children and a bio. Managing the memorial makes updating and corrections a whole lot easier. Thanks in advance for all your work.

Added by William Cook on Jun 27, 2014 10:22 AM

Chuck Ryskamp
RE: Callie Holloman
Thank you for the information. I didn't know it worked like that. Keep up the good work!


Added by Chuck Ryskamp on Jun 26, 2014 7:02 AM

Kathy Kaufman
RE: Vera, Macil, Glenda, James , & Nima
Thank you for all you do

Added by Kathy Kaufman on Jun 13, 2014 10:10 AM

Kathy Kaufman
Velda Sue Oran
can you conect # 69180308 with parents #74876531
Valda Sue (Williams) Oran my aunt you have both accounts

Added by Kathy Kaufman on Jun 12, 2014 4:17 PM

Kathy Kaufman
James Alvin Williams
some Info for you from Kathy Kaufman

Cpl. James Alvin Williams, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Williams of the Hopewell section, was killed at 7:40 a.m. Friday in an Army plane crash which took the lives of ten crew members and an instructor.
The crash occurred twenty-four miles from Sioux City, Ia., where the men were stationed, and was caused, according to witnesses, when the engine went dead. The plane burned following the crash.
Cpl. Williams, an engineer gunner on the plane, graduated in 1942 from Wheatcroft High School, where he was a member of the band and the basketball team. In service since June 30, 1943, he received training at Greensboro, N.C., Amarillo, Tex., and Las Vegas, Nev., before going to Sioux City.
Surviving beside the parents are six sisters, Mrs. Luther Sigler, Robards; Mrs. George Martin, Wheatcroft; Mrs. Preston Alexander, Providence; Mrs. Carlton Hill and Mrs. J.T. Oran, near Clay; and Miss Nima Kathryn Williams, at home; and grandmother, Mrs. A.J. Johnson, Wheatcroft.
The body arrived Sunday night, escorted by Sgt. Frank Moran of Chicago, and was taken to Franklin Funeral Home in Clay.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the First Baptist church in Clay, with the Rev. E.G. Sisk of Little Zion officiating, assisted by the Rev. Bob Wallace of Wheatcroft and the Rev. Wilbur Collins.
Cousins served as pallbearers.
Burial was in I.O.O.F. cemetery, Clay.
Military rites were conducted by a squad from Camp Breckinridge.

The Journal-Enterprise
Providence, Kentucky
Thursday, June 1, 1944
used with permission

Bomber crash memorial created

Bomber crash memorial created
Second Lt. Hubert B. Godbee, right, was a bombardier, husband and father when this photo was taken in 1944, shortly before his death in a B-17G bomber crash near Anthon, Iowa. His daughter, Diana, middle, was 18 months old when he was killed. Diana is coming to Anthon on June 24 as the community dedicates a memorial to the crew of 10 who died in the crash. (Submitted photo) Researcher Stuart Flynn of Sioux City and McNiff Post 389 members from Anthon, from left, Dale Bolles, Ralph Diamond and Mike Sauser will join others as a memorial is dedicated June 24 to 10 airman who died in a B-17G bomber crash near Anthon, Iowa. The photos in front of these men show airmen Pfc. Ray E. Snider, 2nd Lt. Hubert B. Godbee and Flight Officer John B. Smith. Those airmen will have family members present at the dedication. (Photo by Judy Hayworth)
June 11, 2006 12:00 am Judy Hayworth, Journal correspondent
ANTHON, Iowa -- Residents of tiny Anthon welcomed a perfect spring day on May 26, 1944.
Some were at work. Some in their fields and farm yards. And some listened to the radio, catching up on the news of a war fought thousands of miles from home.
That morning, tragic war news arose on the home front. Right in Anthon's back yard.
A B-17G bomber, number 42-107152 of the 224th Army Air Force Base Unit, on an instrument check and practice bombing mission from the Sioux City Army Air Base, crashed and burned three miles southwest of town. All 10 men aboard were killed.
That event, long forgotten, will be memorialized here June 24.
The news of that day was reported in area newspapers, including The Anthon Herald, which read: "About 7:45 a.m., the Flying Fortress, on a combat training flight, went into a nose-dive, plummeted to the earth like a giant mortally wounded bird, and dug itself into the ground on a corn field -- tenanted by Clelland Yockey. The plane burst into flames and exploded, strewing parts of the wrecked plane over a wide area. All the occupants met instantaneous death.
"Ronald Hawn -- hastened to the Yockey home and informed the Sioux City Air Base of the tragedy by telephone. In less than an hour after the accident, the fire department arrived from the air base and began removing the bodies from the blazing wreckage...
"The heavy plane dug a trench 15-feet deep and about three times as long into the field as it fell. It immediately burst into flames, eyewitnesses declared, and in a few moments there was a loud blast as the fuel tanks and practice bombs exploded. Later there was a series of minor explosions as the ammunition ignited."
Crew members included 1st Lt. Roger G. Jay, 23, instructor pilot, Los Angeles, Calif.; Flight Officer John B. Smith, 21, pilot, Mooresville, N.C.; Flight Officer Lyland R. Petersen, 26, pilot, Madison, Wis.; 2nd Lt. Hubert B. Godbee, 23, bombardier, Edgefield, S.C.; Cpl. James A. Williams, 19, engineer/gunner, Providence, Ky.; Pvt. Fred T. Littlewolf, 26, radio operator/gunner, Bagley, Minn.; Cpl. James O. Hawkins, 21, gunner, Swartz Creek, Mich.; Pfc. Ray E. Snider, 22, gunner, Shreveport, La.; Pvt. Joseph A. Calvello, 32, gunner, Booklyn, N.Y.; and Pfc. Norman Lindjord, 23, gunner, Seattle, Wash.
Jay, Godbee and Snider were married. The others were single. Their remains were returned to their families, who were told little about the crash.
This was to be the final training flight for the crew, which had been assembled for less than two weeks. They were to take the place of aviators who had flown 35 missions out of England over Europe.
Authorities began an investigation. The B-17 had departed at 6:31 a.m. from the airfield and flew at air speeds of 160 mph. Farmers over a wide area spotted the bomber traveling low, low enough for Yockey to read numbers on the plane from the ground. He didn't see the plane fall.
Worth Fitchner, working in a nearby field, heard the plane approach and noted the motors quit. Hawn described a break in the engine noise. He saw "a propeller drop" before the plane went into a nose-dive.
A board of officers studied photographs from the scene, but could determine no cause. Some now believe the engines could not produce enough power -- because they were running rough -- to allow the plane to climb at a severe angle. The result: The plane may have gone into a stall and crashed.
A crane picked up wreckage within two days, clearing debris. The ditch plowed by the Flying Fortress was then filled in.
With that, the final word in this tragedy was written. And largely forgotten.
Sioux City teacher searches
Enter Stuart Flynn, a Hawarden, Iowa, native and retired Sioux City teacher who began researching this accident and several others in Siouxland five years ago.
"As a kid, I always had an interest in World War II. I was 3 at the time of Pearl Harbor, and I listened to radio programs about the war," he says.
"When I retired, I decided I wanted to do something about the World War II home front accidents because not much is spoken about them. I'm interested in these untold stories," Flynn adds.
There are many, according to a study by Tony Mireles of Calumet City, Ill., who discloses there were 6,350 fatal Army Air Force airplane crashes in the U.S. from 1941 to 1945, resulting in 15,531 fatalities, 1,358 serious injuries and 7,114 planes destroyed or damaged.
Compare those figures with 8,000 bombers lost over Europe in World War II and 29,000 airmen killed.
"The Sioux City Army Air base had more than 6,000 men in training, as well as civilian workers, and at one time 100 B-17 and B-24 bombers stationed there," Flynn says. "Airmen were coming and going all the time. Over 100 airmen out of the airbase were killed on base -- such as with a plane taxiing the runway -- or on a training mission.
"I went to Anthon and spoke to Charles Lyon, World War II B-17 crew member and POW, and he took me to the crash site," Flynn says.
Flynn has since spent hours gathering what few reports exist, visiting with people who saw the crash, and seeking relatives of the crew. He has been able to contact families of nine of the 10 airmen and knows this: Eight sisters are living; three brothers are living; one wife is alive and has remarried; one daughter is alive, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
"The biggest thing I wanted to do was get families updated on what happened," Flynn says.
Daughter drawn to Anthon
Diana Julian, daughter of 2nd Lt. Hubert B. Godbee, was 18 months old when her father died that sunny May morning 62 years ago. Julian, now of Lincoln, Calif., believes she is the only child of the 10 airmen.
After corresponding with Flynn, Julian has learned new information about the crash.
"I had always thought that my father was killed in Sioux City, not near Anthon. I didn't know the size of the crater caused by the crash, nor that ammunition went off for a long time after the crash," she says.
The plane would have been carrying 1,475 gallons of fuel, 20 practice bombs, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
"And I didn't realize so many planes went down on the home front. That's amazing," she adds, thanking Flynn for his effort.
Though she has no memory of her father, Julian has "letters my parents wrote back and forth. When I read them I cry. Not only did my father die, but my grandparents had three other sons-in-law they lost during the war, all flyers."
Many Anthon people saw the crash and went to the accident site. Mary Alice Fitchner Drossal, now of Urbandale, was 18 at the time. That evening she wrote to her future husband, Art, who was in the U.S. Navy.
"Today is a day one can't easily forget although I'd like to," she wrote. "A bomber crashed up over our hill in Jib's field. I had just fed the baby chicks and watered the old hens and was walking toward the house. I stood and watched the plane, it was low but seemed to be running well. All at once, all was silent and the tail turned up and it plunged downward. I just felt sick inside, for I knew it would crash. I was over to Grandma's and when I started toward the fields, it crashed with so much noise and the smoke started to roll. I never hurried so fast before. I ran through plowed ground uphill and down."
There are images she can't forget.
"I remember Bernard Meyer, who was helping the firemen, just so plain. I can see him to this day, out there. The crash was very upsetting. When servicemen were killed, we were always upset about it. It was unnerving," she says.
Many memories may be part of the 1:30 p.m. memorial service June 24 at the Legion Hall in Anthon. Anthon Mayor Mike Sauser, an Army veteran of the Korean War and member of American Legion McNiff Post 389, invites all who have served or are serving in the military to attend the dedication. A special invitation is extended to veterans who served in the Army Air Corps, the Army Air Force, and those veterans who trained at the Sioux City Air Base during the war.
That Saturday morning, family members and invited guests will attend a remembrance service at the crash site, which is on private property. Before the afternoon ceremony, the Anthon City Band will play. Don Lawrenson, former Woodbury County supervisor and former B-17 pilot, will speak. The program includes introduction of family members and the presentation of Presidential Memorial certificates. A bronze memorial dedicated to the 10 airmen will be unveiled.
"The same number, ten, were killed in action in World War II from Anthon," says Ralph Diamond, World War II veteran and McNiff Post 389 member.
"More than 20 family members will come to the dedication, and they are families of three of the men (Snider, Smith and Godbee). The community and all visitors are encouraged to visit with the family members after the ceremony," Sauser says.
Godbee's daughter, Diana Julian, will make the trip to Anthon. While she admits to having mixed feelings about going to the crash site, she says it's something she needs to do.
"It's a wonderful thing Flynn and the McNiff Post are doing for the families," Julian says. "I've always wondered what my life would have been like if my father had lived. My mother remarried and I had a good father, but there was always a void in my life in not knowing my dad."

Added by Kathy Kaufman on Jun 12, 2014 2:52 PM

Transfer Request
Hi, would you consider transferring 74537021, Jack D. Gill, Sr. to me to manage? He is my father. Thank you. Jennifer

Added by Jennybird on May 07, 2014 7:02 PM

Steph T
RE: Alice McGill
Figured it was something like that! I'm still looking for her, hopefully she'll show me where she is soon!

Added by Steph T on May 01, 2014 8:22 PM

As stated in my bio on my contributor page, I do not add obits unless the person is a relative of mine. I have added her middle and maiden name and her place of death. However, you did not provide a memorial number for her husband and I did not find a record of his death, so I was not able to link them.

Added by ladyN70 on Mar 29, 2014 9:27 AM


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