Van Der Veer, Frank b. June 2, 1921 d. January 7, 1982 Motion Picture Special Effects Artist. He shared a special Academy Award for the visual effects of "King Kong" (1976). In "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), it was Van Der Veer's special photo effects that were used in the laser-sword fight scene between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. The son of explorer and documentary filmmaker Willard Van Der Veer, he was a veteran of the Second World War, and began his career working at the special effects departments for Warner Brothers and 20th Century...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Clothier, William H. b. February 21, 1903 d. January 7, 1996 Cinematographer. He entered films in 1923 as a camera assisstant, contributing to the impressive aerial photography in "Wings" (1927) and also working on pictures like "What Price Hollywood?" (1932) and "King Kong" (1933). Clothier then was for several years director of photography in Mexico and Spain, but when he returned to Hollywood after service in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he found work only as assisstant again because of union restrictions. Finally rising to lighting...[Read More] (Bio by: Fritz Tauber) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Garden of Victory, Lawn Crypt 279 A
Dorrell, George Thomas b. July 7, 1880 d. January 7, 1971 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in London, England he served as Battery Sergeant Major of L Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, British Army. In actions at Néry, France, September 1, 1914, during the retreat the German 4th Cavalry Division attacked the British 1st Cavalry Brigade. L Battery seeing the retreat, began to comence fire when most of his men and other officers were killed or knocked unconscious by a incoming shell. Sergeant Major Dorrell with an officer and another Sergeant...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Randalls Park Crematorium, Leatherhead, Mole Valley District, Surrey, England
Howser, Huell [cenotaph] b. October 18, 1945 d. January 7, 2013 Television Personality. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, he worked on a US Senator's staff and served in the US Marine Corps. He is best known for hosting the PBS televison series "California's Gold". His television career began at WSM-TV in Nashville where he began a series of human interest stories. After working in New York, he moved to Los Angeles in 1981 to work as a reporter for KCBS-TV and also served as weekend host and correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight". In...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis du Mort) Fish Interfaith Center Columbarium and Garden, Orange, Orange County, California, USA
Mountain, Albert b. April 19, 1895 d. January 7, 1967 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Leeds, England, he served as a Sergeant in the 17th West Yorkshire Regiment, British Army, On March 23, 1918, Sergeant Mountain was in command of a rifle squad during the Battle of the Somme, in actions at Hamelincourt, France. When the situation was critical, Sergeant Mountain with a party of 10 men attacked an advance enemy patrol of about 200 strong, killing half of them. He then rallied his men against the main body of the enemy, to cover the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Lawnswood Cemetery, Adel, Metropolitan Borough of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Hunt, Richard b. August 16, 1951 d. January 7, 1992 Puppeteer and actor.He worked for The Jim Henson Company for more than 20 years. He was the performer behind Scooter, Beaker, Sweetums, Janice, Junior Gorg, Statler and many other characters from the popular television programs "The Muppet Show," "Sesame Street" and "Fraggle Rock." He also directed several episodes and made principal puppeteer appearances in "The Muppet Movie," "The Great Muppet Caper," "The Muppets Take Manhattan," "Jim Henson’s Muppet Vision 3-D," "Labyrinth" and "Dark...[Read More] (Bio by: Butterfly) Cause of death: Complications of AIDS Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Some ashes sprinkled over the lfower beds at the Hunt Family home in Closter, NJ.
Wallace, William Alexander Anderson 'Big Foot' b. April 3, 1817 d. January 7, 1899 Western Figure. Born in Lexington, Virginia, he was dubbed "Bigfoot Wallace" and was noted for being a frontier Texas folk hero. In 1836, he relocated to Texas, when he heard that his older brother and a cousin had been killed in the Goliad Massacre. He settled in LaGrange, tried his hand at farming and soon joined the Texas Rangers. In 1840, he moved to Austin and helped layout the new town. He participated in the Battle of Plum Creek and in the Spring of 1842, fought against Mexican General...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA Plot: Republic Hill Section 2 Row K Number 1
McGuire Jr., Maj. Thomas Buchanan b. August 1, 1920 d. January 7, 1945 World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served during World War II in the United States Army Air Corp, rising to Major in the 13th Air Force, and as commander of the 431st Fighter Squadron. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery over Luzon, Philippine Islands, on December 25 and 26, 1944. His citation reads "He fought with conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity over Luzon, Philippine Islands. Voluntarily, he led a squadron of 15 P-38's as top cover for heavy bombers striking...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Plot: Section 11, Grave 426, Map grid O 14.5.
Sowers, Michael b. September 14, 1844 d. January 7, 1920 Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. His true name was Michael Sauers. He served as a Private in the Union Army in Company L, 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on Decemeber 1, 1864 at Stony Creek Station, Virginia. His citation reads "His horse having been shot from under him, he voluntarily and on foot participated in the cavalry charge made upon one of the forts, conducting himself throughout with great personal bravery." (Bio by: Don Morfe) Saint Columbkille Cemetery, Imperial, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Johnson, Osa Helen b. March 14, 1894 d. January 7, 1953 Explorer, Filmmaker, Author. She made a series of films featuring mostly African and South Sea tribal groups and wildlife. Among her films were: "The Lost Tribe" (1923), "Simba: The King of the Beasts" (1928), "Across the World with Mr. and Mrs. Johnson" (1930), "Wonders of the Congo" (1931), "Congorilla" (1932), "Wings Over Africa" (1934), "Baboona" (1935), and "Borneo" (1937). Following her husband's death in a plane crash in 1937, she continued lecturing, writing, and producing motion...[Read More] (Bio by: Anonymous) Elmwood Cemetery, Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas, USA Plot: Sec175 Blk03 Lot009 Sp04
Barton, Sir. Edmund b. January 18, 1849 d. January 7, 1920 1st Australian Prime Minister. Born in Sydney, he was one of the main forces behind the Federation Movement. He led a delegation to England that led to Australia becoming a nation on January 1, 1901, and was active in framing the first Constitution. He served as Prime Minister from 1901 to 1903, then resigned to take a seat on the High Court, where he served for sixteen years. During his time as Prime Minister and Judge he did much to organize the new nation. (Bio by: Bigwoo) South Head Cemetery, Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Murray, Henry William b. December 30, 1884 d. January 7, 1966 World War II Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Captain in the 13th Battalion of the New South Wales Australian Forces. On the night of February 4, 1917, he was ordered to lead his company's attack on German trench lines, near Gueudecourt, France. Over the next 24 hours they fought in merciless close quarter battles and suffered under intense shell-fire. With some 230 members of the Battalion being killed, Captain Murray's company remained engaged with the enemy until relieved. For...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens, Brisbane, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia
Carleton, James Henry b. December 27, 1814 d. January 7, 1873 Civil War Union Brigadier General. After serving as a volunteer in the Aroostook and Mexican American War, he was commissioned a Major in the regular US Army in 1839. From 1851 to 1859, he served on surveying, exploring and Indian fighting expeditions with the 1st Dragoons at Fort Tejon, California. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was appointed Colonel of the 1st California Infantry and the 1st California Cavalry, in July 1861. He marched his forces to the Rio Grande, replaced General...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA Plot: Olive Path, Lot 896
Preston, CDR. Arthur Murray b. November 1, 1913 d. January 7, 1968 World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during World War II in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant and commander of Torpedo Boat Squadron 33. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Wasile Bay, Halmahera Island, on September 16, 1944. His citation reads “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while effecting the rescue of a Navy pilot shot down in Wasile Bay, Halmahera Island, less than 200 yards from a...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Plot: Section 3, Lot 1847-A-1
Duncan, Thomas b. April 14, 1819 d. January 7, 1887 Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. A Mexican War veteran, he served during the Civil War first as Major of the 3rd United States Regular Cavalry, then as Acting Assistant Provost Marshal for Davenport, Iowa. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Regular Army on March 13, 1865 for "meritorious services during the war". He retired in 1873 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Plot: Section 2, Site 1162
Fisher, LTC. Almond Edward b. January 28, 1913 d. January 7, 1982 World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during World War II in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant in Company E, 157th Infantry, 45th Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Grammont, France, on September 12-13, 1944. His citation reads “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on the night of 12-13 September 1944, near Grammont, France. In the darkness of early morning, 2nd Lt...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Plot: Section 6, Grave 8751-2, Map Grid Y/21