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Kathy & Jerry Strickland (#47169054)
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I found this interesting story today

I didn't know this.. Did you? Have you ever been in a cemetery and saw coins laying on a tombstone? There is actually a reason behind it. COINS LEFT ON TOMBSTONES While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave. These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin. A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited. A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed. According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans. In the US, this practice became common during the Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war. Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a "down payment" to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited. The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced to as far back as the Roman Empire.
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Wayne Smith
William Wilbanks, Asbury
Thanks for the link; I've accepted your edit.
Added by Wayne Smith on Nov 29, 2014 6:29 AM
Bonnie Miller
Families from Luxembourg
Just wanted to let you know, I posted a photo at the memorial of Mary Ann Koob Herrig #43202644 in case you'd like to see it.

The photo came from an antique photo album I bought in January 2013 from an eBayer in Minnesota. The album belonged to Theodore Hoxmeier and was dated 1897 - there was a tiny photo of him glued to the first page.

Usually I take an album apart and sell the photos separately, but while researching I found that most of the people in the photos were from Luxembourg and Iowa....then I found Robert Arens' web site, where almost all the people in the album were mentioned, and he bought the album from me.
That web site is
but it looks like it's broken right now.

I still have the scanned images, and have just created a web page so you and others can see the photos. Some of them I've posted at findagrave, but others I couldn't find.

Here's a link to the scanned images

Added by Bonnie Miller on Nov 28, 2014 7:23 AM
Laura J. Stewart
RE: Grandpa
Cool!!! Now you have a photo of him!! You can enlarge it and crop & post... or if you need help let me know.
Added by Laura J. Stewart on Nov 10, 2014 3:45 PM
Laura J. Stewart
RE: George
Chuckle.... I have my father narrowed down to two in the photo, so don't feel bad!!
Added by Laura J. Stewart on Nov 10, 2014 9:58 AM
Laura J. Stewart
I love your bio on your profile page!! I shared it on my Facebook page with credit to you!! (It has 4 shares already) Fitting for this Veterans Day! I knew it was a sign of honor & respect, but didn't know the distinction of the coins. Thank you for posting!
Added by Laura J. Stewart on Nov 10, 2014 9:04 AM
Laura J. Stewart
RE: george kendall
Hi Kathy & Jerry. Glad you liked the photo! Did you click on it to open it up to full size? Were you able to recognize your grandfather? I research all soldiers that were attached to Company M. This was my father's Company. I have a virtual cemetery for the 131st Inf Co M. Every so often I try to locate more soldiers to add to my virtual cemetery, especially near Veterans Day. I've located 20 more this past week! So glad Find A Grave contributors have added memorials. I had info on some, but didn't know the cemetery where they were buried. Glad I located your Grandpa's memorial and was able to share the photo with family. Also on your bio, "Some time in George's life he changed the spelling to Kandell." Change Kandell to Kendall. During WWI his name is listed as Kandell, on WWII draft card he is going by Kendall. Hope this helps.
Added by Laura J. Stewart on Nov 10, 2014 8:59 AM
Thanks for the census info
There is an obit dated April 1924 that I think is for right Mrs. Cornelius Sullivan. Your info is very helpful. I'll check it out at the historical society.
Added by MLIhrke on Nov 07, 2014 7:03 PM
Mary Sullivans
Sorry if I linked the wrong Mary Sullivan to Cornelius and sons, I have submitted a correction. I will add the death date after I research her obituary.
Added by MLIhrke on Nov 07, 2014 2:23 PM
The Hammond Family
I noticed your interest in the Hammond family. Are you a family member? My great great grandfather was Captain Samuel Smith Hammond. I also noticed some errors and omissions with regard to my aunts and uncles.
Added by Anonymous on Nov 06, 2014 6:31 PM
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Thank you for the additional information for these records!


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