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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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Mike Weeks
RE: 43761598 LCDR Howard R Garnr
LCDR Garner was not a designated aviator. His death was stateside, for whatever reason, as he was buried on 14 April 1943.
Added by Mike Weeks on Feb 18, 2015 1:27 PM
Norman Scott
I asked a fellow Find A Grave member and her reply is on my member page.
Added by Norman Scott on Feb 10, 2015 6:01 AM
Krista AQ Thompson
David Alexander #96826204
According to Rock Creek records, he is where you've got him listed. I'm going to Rock Creek on Sunday, if everything goes as planned. I can't promise to find his grave, but I will be in Section K, and I will definitely look for his grave.

Added by Krista AQ Thompson on Feb 07, 2015 6:42 AM
Norman Scott
Lillian Crommelin
I forgot to mention in my email that John Crommelin's wife "Lillian"" is # 131051798, if you want to add her to your virtual cemetery.

Added by Norman Scott on Feb 05, 2015 8:38 AM
John Evans
RE: Joyce McVay
Joyce must have just been interned, but I will keep an out for her an place a photo of headstone when it is placed it takes about 30 days

John Evans
Added by John Evans on Feb 01, 2015 12:01 PM
Dawna Westbrook
Phil Kergosien; Memorial# 40758094
Thanks so much for adding the photo. He was a nice looking young man, as you.

I found his graduation announcement in the paper for June 1953. It breaks my heart he turned traitor and went AF....ooops, my navy roots are showing.

I'm afraid finding a 1981 MS obituary is often difficult. I refer to 1977-80's as the black hole period in the currently available MS Obituaries.

If you'd like to write a bit about him that could be added, that would be nice.

Again, thank you for the photo.


Added by Dawna Westbrook on Feb 01, 2015 11:55 AM
Michael Hollingsworth
RE: MGEN Stuart Holmes Sherman
You are welcome. It was my honor. General Sherman and his wife were larger-than-life figures in our little town, to say the least! His home is just a little ways down the road from my home.
Added by Michael Hollingsworth on Jan 20, 2015 8:36 AM
Thomas C McGiffin Jr
RE: Philo N McGiffin
Sounds good.
Added by Thomas C McGiffin Jr on Jan 18, 2015 2:38 PM
Thomas C McGiffin Jr
RE: Philo N McGiffin
I found the book The Return of Philo T (?) McGiffin which lists this book as fiction novel, will order it, looks like a comical read not history but still worth the time...even if comical. For $17.92 and printed in 1997.

The Return of Philo T McGiffin
Author: David Poyer

In this comic and irreverent novel, an underground classic for years, author and naval officer David Poyer brilliantly re-creates the hothouse world of the Naval Academy. From the day he reported in for Plebe Summer, everyone agreed: Philo T. McGiffin was a wimp. The original Philo McGiffin, Class of 1882, was a mythic master of outrageous escapades who became a symbol of subversive individualism to generations of mids. But his namesake seemed unlikely to carry on the tradition. Stoo-shouldered and meek, he nearly buckles under the emotional, physical, and mental stresses that are the lot of every plebe. Yet ultimately, "The Mouse" triumphs in the grand style of his predecessor. Funny, touching, and enormously realistic, this madcap novel will bring back to everyone what it was like to be seventeen - and in deep, deep, trouble
Added by Thomas C McGiffin Jr on Jan 18, 2015 12:42 PM
Thomas C McGiffin Jr
RE: Philo N McGiffin
Jack, I can send it to you on a flas drice if that will help. As far as the book goes I really doubt that you will find it in any other form than book, it was printed only once (first edition) and that was year 1968. Most everything that I have on the cd was used as a reference for the book. Do you want me to send it on a flash drive? I can......but need mailing address to send it to you. I sent you an email yesterday but I guess you did not read your emails yet?
Sorry to hear of your health issues... we are NOT getting old....we are just wearing out.
Good day to you sir.
I am also USN, got draft notice in 1970 so I enlisted in the Naval Airforce, VF-121 fighter squadron flying the best plane made ayt the time...F-4 phantom.
Added by Thomas C McGiffin Jr on Jan 18, 2015 12:18 PM
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