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Jack Davison (#47534141)
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Bio Photo My little brother Hank Davison turned me on to this. He has created virtual cemeteries of our families, linked child to parent all the way back to the 17th century immigrants and earlier forebears. Compared to him I am a piker or dabbler. I create memorials for classmates, shipmates, and squadron mates when I find one is needed and I have the information.

Our families on which Hank is working diligently are Davison (our father), Monges(our mother) and through them Risley, Grant, Fales, Mason, and Morgan. My wife's line is Bradfield, Crim, and, Abel or Abell. My first wife who died in 1956 was Holmes and Cheesborough (NC), Brock(MD and Maine); our then infant daughter married a van Noppen of NC but died young herself, and I am interested in them for her daughters.

My own principal efforts are virtual cemeteries for my Naval Academy company and 1953 classmates, shipmates from USS Waldron and Epping Forest, and squadron mates from VAW-12. I also have done one for my father's USNA 1929 classmates and comrades from early Naval Aviation in VF-1 Top Hats, in which he served after his "winging" at Pensacola.

My involvement in FaG gives me a sense of continuing to be useful since my world is confined to my computer at my kitchen table since I became hemiplegic and wheelchair bound by a stroke in 2008.

In the course of my browsing I have learned that some of my ancestors are in good company; My thrice great-grandfather Monges is in Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia a few yards from Benjamin Franklin.

Although I have only created 350 memorials and manage fewer than 30 others, I have assembled a great many more, both of my own family and Naval Academy classmates, squadron- and shipmates, and those of my father's class, squadrons, and ships, into virtual cemeteries. My classmates and their families have received my efforts with appreciation. Over half of the Annapolis class of 1953 is gone by now, as more are dying of natural causes rather than in training or combat as they did during the first two decades after graduation and commissioning. I remember my father's grim expression the day he returned from a classmate's funeral and commented that it was probably the last time that they could muster a full set of active pallbearers, and it was indeed, as there were not enough for the next, which was his class secretary who called me frequently to ask how Dad was doing.
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Joseph StCloud IRWIN
RE: Capt Joseph Bailey Logan

Thank you very much And I know you have been
through some real tough days . I wish you well
to continue your days ahead. Jerry & Joe have
made their Classmates both 1948 & 1953 proud to
have known their service to our Country and
Honor to the United States Navy. "Well Done"
Added by Joseph StCloud IRWIN on Jun 22, 2015 10:49 PM
Joseph StCloud IRWIN
Capt Joseph Bailey Lgan

It is difficult to see Joe Logan "Four striper
& Sub Driver) in our High School Senior English
class with Jerry Weaver "F-8 Naval Pilot" in
1948. Best of all, you guys were 1953 USNA
Classmates. This is truly what Find A Grave is all about.
Added by Joseph StCloud IRWIN on Jun 21, 2015 4:55 PM
Tim & Grace
CDR Frank Slattery

Hello Jack,

Thanks for writing to me. I am willing to try to add to Commander Slatterys memorial... I have been quite busy with findagrave lately since it was taken over by More people are seeing the memorials these days and thereby asking for updates to the memorials.

If I haven't done anything within a week or so, please remind me and I will give it a try.

Sincerely, Tim Cooper
Historian & Past Commander
American Legion
John D. Long Post #58
Buckfield, Maine 04220
Added by Tim & Grace on Jun 11, 2015 12:34 PM
Erin Nikitchyuk
RE: Tony Warzecha
We're all set. I added the photo to your memorial and removed my memorial. It's great that you're doing a virtual cemetery for your class!
Added by Erin Nikitchyuk on Jun 08, 2015 9:22 PM
Erin Nikitchyuk
RE: # 146309487 Eugene T Watzecha
Can you please put your record in the appropriate cemetery? At that point I'll reload the photo to your record and delete mine.

I'm not a "numbers" person, so I'm not at all opposed to deleting mine or having them merged. (I actually hate creating new records for the photos I take - it's so much easier for me when they already exist).

It's my understanding that by Find A Grave rules the first record in the appropriate cemetery is considered the oldest record even if your "burial unknown" record pre-dates it. A number of search engines like Ancestry or Mocavo will help you determine burial locations if you don't know them for records you create. I think if the person was in the military, there is a free search site dedicated to finding those burials.
Added by Erin Nikitchyuk on Jun 08, 2015 3:05 PM
Hank Davison
RE: Dad's 13000th Sara landing
The caption has been corrected.
Added by Hank Davison on Jun 07, 2015 4:53 AM
RE: 110803091 Louis Templar Titus
Hello, whatever modifications you submitted, I put them through.
Added by Debbie on Jun 01, 2015 10:45 AM
Linda Claxton
RE: seraphin perrault photo request
You're very welcome. Glad you like them =]

Added by Linda Claxton on Jun 01, 2015 10:40 AM
RE: Madelline Vinton Dahlgren
Excellent question! She was indeed moved from her original burial location to St. Michaels. "Over the next 30 years vandals took their toll on Dahlgren Chapel culminating in an ultimate tragedy when in 1959 the crypt was breached and the graves of the Dahlgren family were desecrated. The remains were promptly re-interred at St. Michaels Church, Poplar Springs, MD."

Hope that helps a bit and if you would like a transfer of her memorial to you, please just let me know.
Added by Seagull on May 31, 2015 3:31 PM
RE: ,Sersphin B Perrault
Hi again!

Thanks for telling me so much! Perrault's nickname was "Perry". That seemed to be very common, for men to be called by a shortened version of their surname. Of course, there were also some very interesting ones where the source isn't obvious. For example Victor H. Krulak, class of 1934, had the nickname "Brute". He was a very small man, but as coxswain, he pushed the crew team very well. More than 30 years later, then Major General Krulak, USMC, pinned a Silver Star on my dad, at Chu Lai. When I found him in the 1934 Lucky Bag, I emailed my dad and told him that Gen. Krulak's nickname had been Brute. To my surprise, the subject line in his next email was "Gen.'Brute' Krulak". That was when I realized that the nickname had stuck with him all his life. I've found several other examples, too. By the way, I see from the 1953 Lucky Bag, that you had USMC aspirations.

You asked if I was from Hawaii. There was a time I would have said yes, but it's been so long since I left that I can't do it any more. When my dad was finishing his second Vietnam tour, in 1970, he decided to break with tradition and put in for Camp LeJeune, instead of Pendleton. So, he got Hawaii! I arrive there at 15 going on 16. With it being the fourth state we'd lived in since my 14th birthday, I was very happy to be there. I was also extremely tired of worrying about the war in Vietnam, the protests, the people who called my dad a "baby killer", etc. Fortunately, kids from our housing area went to Waipahu high school. The haole, military, kids made up less than 10% of the student body, which suited me fine. I learned the Pidgin very quickly and dove into the culture there, which I absolutely adored. The people there were less wrapped up in matters beyond their own lives and families so, even though the protests and ill treatment of our military continued, on the mainland, I saw very little in Hawaii. After high school, I went to college, on the other side of the island. I left, the year after Dad was transferred to command the Marine Barracks at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, thinking I would only be gone for a matter of months. Unfortunately, I met my now-ex husband there, and never got back to Hawaii, except for one brief trip in 1997, for a high school reunion. I can't claim to be from there any more, but it is still the place I have lived where I felt the most at home. Oh, and my name, Noelani, isn't part of my legal name, but was given to me by a very special person, who was Hawaiian and Chinese.

I'm sorry to hear about your stroke and the hemiplegia. I've had some limitations since my forties, but not that much. My left hand is weak, but I can still type pretty well. I've been expecting something to happen with my dad, but at 86, he still works out regularly. I'm wondering if you have one of those programs that types spoken language, or if you are a very good one handed typist. I used to type pretty well, one-handed, while I was raising my six babies.

Did you know that all of the Lucky Bags from 1894 through 1970 are available in a searchable form? I found it while trying to solve a mystery posed by some pictures of USNA Naval cadets and midshipmen, posted on There were two of entire classes, of 1892 and 1894, probably taken during the plebe years. Then, there were some which claimed to be graduates of the class of 1894. While trying to identify some of them, I realize that none of the men in the pictures taken in 1894 were in the earlier class of 1894 photo, but they WERE in the one of the class of 1892. Another thing that was curious was that in pictures taken in 1894, many of the men were sporting well established beards and other facial hair. It took me several months to figure it out. I came upon something that listed names of men who had been commissioned ensigns, in 1894, but were identified as being from the class of 1892. Do you know the explanation? Prior to about 1910, midshipmen were not commissioned upon graduation. They were required to complete a two year cruise, after which they returned to Annapolis to take their final exams. Only then were they commissioned as Ensigns. Actually, until 1905, I believe, they weren't even called midshipmen while at the academy. They were Naval cadets, and only called midshipmen during the two year post-graduate cruise.

I have a lot more to say, but I'll send more later! Would you rather keep writing here, or go to private email? It doesn't matter to me, but if you would rather. It's been more than a year since I started studying this topic. I've learned a great deal about USNA, the Navy and many, many incredible individuals who have served the USA.

Oh, here is a link to the archives There was one thing I especially loved about the 1929 Lucky Bag, and that is that, unlike any others I've seen, it was dedicated to their mothers!

Darillyn Lamb Starr
Added by Noelani on May 21, 2015 4:52 PM
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