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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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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
Thomas C McGiffin Jr
RE: Philo N McGiffin
I will do a search online and perhaps I can find this book you are speanking of: "The Return of Philo McGiffin", was written by CAPT Savid Poyer. I do have several copies of the book written by my cousin Lee McGiffin " Yankee of the Yalu". Have you ever read it?
Added by Thomas C McGiffin Jr on Jan 17, 2015 5:06 PM
Thomas C McGiffin Jr
RE: Philo N McGiffin
The info that I have was all researched and compiled by cousin James Quail McGiffin (also grand nephew of Bayview Fl) and sent to about 25 family members, one being my my grandfather William J McGiffin, was printed in Sept 1950, never was published for the public.....was for family members only. IF you would like me to send you a copy on cd please email me your address and PLEASE, this info on the cd is not to be published in any form, but you can share it with others that might like to read it. Email me at with your mailing address. I would like to read anyting that you don't see in this cd.
My cousin Jim that compiled all the info and letters etc. James is now deceased as well as the rest of the people that James sent copies to.

Added by Thomas C McGiffin Jr on Jan 17, 2015 4:44 PM
Thomas C McGiffin Jr
RE: Philo N McGiffin
Yes, I am a distant realtive of Philo's, he was my grt uncle. There is much I have on Philo including letters that he wrote home during his years at sea after graduation from the acadamy, I have maybe 100+ pages that I have copied and transfered to CD....would you want one to share with others that think maybe Capt Philo did not exsist (so I have heard) Email me direct at
Very interesting story, the folder is titled The "Philo McGiffin Story"
Added by Thomas C McGiffin Jr on Jan 17, 2015 11:54 AM
Joe Leong
RE: LCDR Al Schaufelberger III
it was in an early 1980s era newsweek. I have that issue. if you want it, I can sell it to you
Added by Joe Leong on Jan 05, 2015 4:53 PM
Cass Garcia
RE: Bill Delaney '53
My father had 4 children. He had my brother William in Long beach, Ca. Then my sister in Rhode Island. My other brother in 1961 in Guantanamo Cuba. (They all went through the Cuban Missile Crisis and had to fly back to Chicago). On August 31st. 1963 my dad was playing soft ball with some guys (while still in Cuba) He left the game and said he wasn't feeling good. He died on the way to the hospital of a heart attack at the age of 33. I was suppose to be born September 6th, but that is the day they buried him. I was born September 10, 1963. They were packed ready to live in Mayport Florida. I would love just to find someone who was friends with him or was there that day. ANYTHING!
Added by Cass Garcia on Jan 02, 2015 11:56 AM
Cass Garcia
RE: Bill Delaney '53
Yes, my email is
Thank you
Added by Cass Garcia on Jan 02, 2015 11:27 AM
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