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Jeff Hall (#47296194)
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I am honored to create memorials for our WW2, Korea, and Vietnam war dead.

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz:
"They fought together as brothers in arms; they died together and now they sleep side by side...To them, we have a solemn obligation the obligation to ensure that their sacrifice will help make this a better and safer world in which to live."

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I have recently completed a five year project traveling to Hawaii annually from the mainland to photograph headstones for all of our WW2 dead at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in Honolulu. I have added over 10,000 photos to memorials at the cemetery. Prior to 2008, few of the memorials had headstone photos added and I made it a commitment to travel their annually to finish this project which I completed in 2013.

Interred at the cemetery are men and women from all branches of the service, US Marine Corp, US Army, US Navy, US Coast Guard, and US Merchant Marines. US Marines from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th divisions are interred there, along with soldiers of the US Army's 6th, 7th, 11th Airborne, 23rd (Americal), 24th, 25th, 27th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 40th, 43rd, 77th and 96th infantry divisions.

They came from all of the Pacific war's most significant battles, beginning with several hundred internees who were lost at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. There are over a 1000 burials of men from the US Marine 3rd 4th, and 5th Divisions who died at Iwo Jima, which comprises the single largest group from one conflict.

The first burials at the cemetery were held on January 4, 1949, more than three years after the war in the Pacific had ended.

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If I have duplicated a memorial please do not send me a scathing message, just notify me in a civil way that a duplicate has been created. I have spoken to other Find A Gravers who confirm that the Find A Grave search function does not always locate a name when doing a search, as a result names get added as duplicates.

A common e-mail that I receive concerning duplicates relates to "cenotaph"s", which few on Find A Grave understand. Many of our men who died during WW2 were buried where they fell on foreign soil. After the war ended these foreign governments gave the US government land for the permanent burial of our American dead. They are operated and maintained by our government. Some examples of these cemeteries are the Normandy American Cemetery in France, The Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines, and the Florence American Cemetery in Italy. The decision was left to the next of kin as to the final burial place for their loved ones. Most chose to have their sons brought home and "repatriated" to US soil beginning in about 1948. For those left overseas, some families of the deceased had memorials placed in family burial plots at cemeteries in their home towns. Their bodies are not there but a marker was placed as a memorial to them. These are known as "cenotaphs". This explanation of a cenotaph comes directly from the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Find A Grave website:

What is a cenotaph? How do I have a memorial designated as a cenotaph?

A cenotaph is a tomb or a monument erected in honor of a person or group of persons whose remains are buried elsewhere. It can also be the initial marker for a person who has since been interred elsewhere. To add a cenotaph, create a memorial just like any other.

Here are examples of 3 different memorials created for Ensign Howard Deal Merrill from my hometown of Ogden, Utah. Merrill was aboard the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Merrill was one of the casualties from the attack and his body remains in the hull of the USS Arizona today. His name appears on the USS Arizona Memorial located at Pearl Harbor. Additionally, his name also appears at the Honolulu Memorial located on the grounds of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, and lastly there is a marker for him at the Aultorest Cemetery in his home town of Ogden, Utah:

Memorial # 7902210 (USS Arizona Memorial)

Memorial # 56125525 (Honolulu Memorial)

Memorial # 65377077 (Aultorest Cemetery - Ogden, Utah)

All three are perfectly acceptable memorials
and meet the guidelines as specified by Find A Grave as cenotaph's.

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Theresa Bush (Koehler)
Paul Tousignant ( 124203076)
Thank you for making the memorial for my Uncle Paul (and all of the other fallen soldiers). He was best friends and fellow Marine with my father at the time of his death. My father contacted Paul's parents, wanting to meet them, since he was with Paul at the time he was hit. When Paul's parents invited my father to visit, they contacted my mother (who was single and living in Virginia at the time) to come to Michigan and meet Ralph. They met alright. And were married in 1949.
Added by Theresa Bush (Koehler) on Jul 22, 2014 9:08 AM
Sherry
RE: Pvt Paul R Eichelberger Info
Jeff,

Thanks so much for adding it. These men deserve to be remembered and their stories told.

God bless you for all you do for them.

Sincerely,
Sherry
Added by Sherry on Jul 19, 2014 6:38 PM
Jack Morrison
Use of your Photos
Jeff,

I am in the process of updating our memorial page for Andres Balai and would like to use the marker photo you took and posted at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=316708&PIpi=93129842

We will post it on our page at http://www.virtualwall.org/db/BalaiAx01a.htm

And in the future, if I come across any other of your photos, may I use them as well - a 'global' OK from you.

Thanks
Added by Jack Morrison on Jul 18, 2014 2:40 PM
J.O.T.
RE: PFC Warren A Gagnon, 118565906
Thank you as well. These memorials are so humbling.
Added by J.O.T. on Jul 17, 2014 7:55 PM
J.O.T.
PFC Warren A Gagnon, 118565906
PFC Warren A Gagnon is buried in the Edson Cemetery in Lowell. You currently have him as "unknown."
Added by J.O.T. on Jul 17, 2014 12:34 PM
Sarahbythebay
RE: Clayton Toffey
My aunt was so touched by your efforts that she cried. He was her uncle and died just months before her birth. We had never known anything about where he was laid to rest. Your kindness has touched many. Thank you once again!
Added by Sarahbythebay on Jul 16, 2014 11:13 AM
Matthew
Edward Cichowlas
Thank you so much for your dedication to a wonderful project. I was wondering if you could connect Edward with his father, Jacob Cichowlas from my memorials. Jacob was my great uncle. I have found Edward's mother's burial, but they are in the process of raising her headstone. Once they have that done, I will be adding her to my memorials as well. Her name was MaryAnna. Jacob was married three times, so I want to make sure that each child has the correct mother. If you would like, I would gladly take over management of this memorial. Otherwise, I appreciate all the work you do for the men and women that have given their lives for this country.
Added by Matthew on Jul 16, 2014 8:48 AM
Nikki
Gravestone of Robert Devine
Jeff,

I am researching Robert Francis Devine and note that you have recorded his gravestone in Calvary Cemetery. Can you let me know if you are researching the family at all and may have some additional information. Thanks.
Added by Nikki on Jul 16, 2014 2:51 AM
Dwight Needens
RE: Ens William Mason McLemore
You're most welcome.
Added by Dwight Needens on Jul 15, 2014 9:38 PM
Sarahbythebay
Clayton Toffey
Thank you so very much for all of your hard work!
Added by Sarahbythebay on Jul 13, 2014 10:32 PM
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