|Jack Davison (#47534141)|
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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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|Noelani||RE: ,Sersphin B Perrault|
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 Shorpy.com. 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 https://archive.org/stream/luckybag1929unse#page/318/mode/2up/ 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
|Noelani||RE: Lucky Bags|
I'm always very happy to meet someone else who appreciates yearbooks! I think they are an important record of life in America, but most go unappreciated. I've seen many Lucky Bags for sale online, obviously because no one in the man's family cared about it.
I looked up the two men you suggested, and will post something about Van Voorhis on Facebook, as part of my reminders of what has been sacrificed for our freedom, which I do every May, November and July.
Heinlein really surprised me, since I was expecting someone who was famous for his service to country. He sounds like such a free spirit that I bet there were some things about military life that were a challenge for him! There was a 1894 graduate of USNA who was also a famous novelist, although he isn't well-known any more. Winston Churchill was responsible for reestablishing the crew team at USNA. The classes were sure tiny, back then! It was the year of the very first Lucky Bag.
Say, do you know anything about Seraphin Bach Perreault? That name really caught my eye. I found his grave, which says that he died in 1950, but had only made it to O4, which many WWII vets from the class of 1941 had made by war's end. I wonder if illness may have necessitated his early resignation, or something like that. I will post his Lucky Bag photo to his page.
How did your father do, during the war? I know that he survived it, but was ever wounded? As usual, the aviators tend to have the highest casualty rates, which has been the case since WWI. Did you also go into Naval Aviation? I assume that, if you stayed longer than the minimum years required, you probably saw action in Vietnam. My dad served two tours, one from April, 1965 to May 1966, and them 1969-70. After that, they took the tanks out of Vietnam, so Dad wasn't in much danger of a third tour.
Added by Noelani on May 19, 2015 3:40 AM
I just wanted to tell you that I appreciate your efforts, here on this site! I just happened onto the archived Lucky Bags, about 18 months ago, while trying to identify young men in a few late 19th-century photos on Shorpy.com. Ever since, I've been studying them, and posting pictures to virtual graves here, and creating a few where there wasn't one before. I'm not going to be done any time soon! The latest one I've been looking at is 1929. I was very happy to see the tribute you posted for your father's friend and shipmate, CDR Claire Lemoine Miller.
I especially loved your father's page, here, with all of the pictures you have put there, and I was very happy to see that your father survived the war.
My interest in this topic is due, largely, to my being a Marine junior. My father enlisted in 1945, when he was 16. After his enlistment was up, he went to college on the GI bill, and got his commission in 1954, a few months before I was born. He was on active duty until I was 30.
This month, I have been sharing some of the pages from this site, on Facebook, as well as other things about some of the men whose devotion and sacrifices have kept us free.
Darillyn Lamb Starr
Added by Noelani on May 17, 2015 3:56 PM
|Linda Claxton||RE: Adm Albert Handly|
The first photo I posted in 2012 is probably the second stone since his wife passed after him and has probably been there since 1975 spelled Handly. The cemetery director should be able to help us out.
|Linda Claxton||RE: ED MARTIN|
His previous stone has it spelled Handly
|Linda Claxton||RE: ED MARTIN|
You're very welcome. The next time I go to the office I will ask about the spelling of Albert's last name, Handly vs Handley. I think the stone is wrong. "His wife" is referring to Albert who is on the front of the stone - Albert Handly - his wife Lillias. Strange the dates aren't specific on the back of the stone - this is the first time I've seen no specific dates on a headstone, small niche marker yes, headstone no. When the time comes they will move Lillias to the front of the stone with her husband and Ed's wife will be added to the back with him.
|Linda Claxton||RE: vadm Edwed Holmes Martin|
You're very welcome. Photos coming soon =]
|Heidi Davis||RE: Cannon|
Our military is our nation's treasure. They should be respected in life as well as in death. My husband was in the Guard, my father served during Korea but stationed in Germany, and my FIL served in Korea and Vietnam. My uncle served in Vietnam, too. I am very proud of them.
|Heidi Davis||RE: Cannon|
It does seem to be the way of the future. Especially in this area. Land is at a premium and the neighborhood the church is in is actually the historic district. I sent the edit for the church description. I will send it to edit so it can be added in. I should have mentioned the chapel where the columbarium is located is actually the older chapel. I will take a photograph for you. The office manager wasn't comfortable listing names of those interned there. Since they split with the Episcopal Church, there had been some who were moving their loved ones to a different church. I've heard about it getting difficult with the military funerals. I suppose they are under budget pressure but they find money for the silliest of things in other government areas. It would be nice if they would respect our deceased military better than they seem to.
And I forgot to add (I go too fast on here), thank you very much for your service in the military. God Bless - Heidi
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