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Joe Todd (#47241447)
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I started working on the veterans buried in Washington County. I try to be polite and will transfer any of my enteries. I do not go by the Find A Grave guidelines. Anyone may use any photos I have posted because I belive in sharing everything to help in family research. I try to avoid duplicates but one slips through. If I enter a duplicate please let me know.
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Jerry & Beth
Samuel Warrick Crowder
I am not sure if you heard but they have identified Samuel.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Western Union telegram sent to Samuel Crowder's mother in 1941 is just one of the keepsakes that's been passed down in a book of memories to his nieces.

"The Navy Department deeply regrets to inform you that your son Samuel Warrick Crowder, Fireman First Class, U.S. Navy is missing following action in the performance of his duty, and in the service of his country..." the telegram reads. "It is impossible to locate your son Samuel Warrick Crowder Fireman First Class U.S. Navy and he has therefore been officially declared to have lost his life, in the service of his country as of December 7th 1941."

Sharon Johnson and Carolyn Wright never knew their Uncle Sam, but they did know about his paintings, the set of silver he sent to his mother that last Christmas and, most importantly, about the tragic ending to his young life.

Crowder, 35, was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma when it was hit by torpedoes during the Japanese Attacks on Pearl Harbor. Four-hundred-and-twenty-nine crewmen died.

"I just wonder ... Did he die immediately?" Wright asked. "Was it hours later? You just wonder."

Soon after the attack, officials were able to recover 29 individuals, but the vast majority were unidentifiable, according to an interview with the Defense POW MIA Accounting Agency.

Crowder was never identified and was buried as an "unknown" in a mass grave. Decades have past, and while Crowder's parents, brothers and sisters are long gone, his story was not forgotten.

"The Department of Defense holds informational meetings across the country for family members who have lost family members in war and have never been returned," Wright said. "So my husband and I decided to go this was back in 2011.

"I gave a DNA sample while I was there. So after that, I came home, didn't hear anything. I would get a letter every year inviting us back to another meeting."

The Department of Defense exhumed the remains of 388 unaccounted-for sailors and Marines on the Oklahoma in 2015 for DNA analysis. And just a few weeks ago, the phone rang.

"My whole life, it has always been that Uncle Sam has been gone," Johnson said. "So it was just a real shock when the Navy finally called and said his remains have been identified."

Johnson got the call because she's the oldest surviving family member.

"There were eight bones," Wright said.

The sisters spread the word to their cousins on the west coast. One of them, Fred Crowder, lives in Oregon.

"I had to sit down ... 76 years is a long time to wait for the word," he said. "I was in tears and I said, 'Oh my God. This is happy. Finally we're going to be closure for all our dads our aunts and everybody."

Even though surviving family members now live all across the country, Sam Crowder's home was Louisville. In just a few short weeks at Resthaven Cemetery on Bardstown Road, Sam Crowder will be laid to rest right near his mother.

"We could have buried him anywhere," Wright said. "We could have buried him at Arlington. We could have buried him here in Lexington next to his brother. But Louisville was his home."

Right now, Crowder's family is waiting on another call from the Navy to let them know when exactly the remains will be arriving in Louisville. That's expected to happen in the next few weeks.

The Navy is covering all of the expenses.
Added by Jerry & Beth on Oct 14, 2017 8:39 PM
Bob Todd
I'm tracking down some of my distant Cousins and noted your name. Always looking for more cousins. Where did your Todd family arrive in the colones (US). My GGG_Grandfather James Tod arrived in the Pittsburgh, PA area in 1787. Two of his grand sons moved to St Louis, MO in the 1850s and descendants moved on west.

Bob Todd, Manassas, VA
Added by Bob Todd on Sep 26, 2017 6:42 PM
RE: Lawrence Cook, 60537529
Thanks, I'm guessing they weren't since they were only 17 at the time. Can you use the brother/sister/link to mention him in her bio? I can send it to you "how to" if you've never used it before.
Added by BLESSING on Sep 18, 2017 3:59 PM
RE: Matilda Smith
She's buried in Black Jack Cemetery in Caney Kansas
Added by Win4Vin on Sep 18, 2017 10:19 AM
Matilda Katherine Smith
Hello Joe,
Your page about Matilda Smith is incorrect. There is one already done about her at the correct cemetery. If you can please delete.
Added by Win4Vin on Sep 07, 2017 5:35 PM
Sally Porter
John S McCool
Thank you for adding this photo. This is my Great Grandfather on my Mothers' side. They had 2 living children Kenneth McCool and Margaret McCool Flynn.
I appreciate the info from his stone.

Sally Mc Crory Miller Porter
Added by Sally Porter on Aug 30, 2017 11:37 AM
Transfer Request
Joe, If I have already ask you to transfer these please forgive my forgetfulness! I wonder if you would consider transferring James Anthony Butcher #79838706 and John William Butcher #58298589. They are both my husband's great uncles. We have quite a bit of information to add to their memorials. My husband & I would greatly appreciate your consideration of transferring these memorials.

Thank You!
Sherry Deetz #48055282
Added by Sherry on Jul 26, 2017 8:13 PM
Barry Konsor
Elmer Tom Kerestes
Here's some updated information on F1 Elmer Kerestes. He will be interred in Highland Cemetery Holdingford, MN on July 29, 2017.

I see there are duplicate memorials for F1 Kerestes.
Added by Barry Konsor on Jul 12, 2017 10:56 PM
Nancy G.
Cpt John Creswell Cotten 56748774
Oh, Joe - How happy I am that you were able to transfer the photo - Wonderful! I'm still working on adding my own bio for John based on some family notes. Will give you credit for doing this and honoring his life. Kindest regards, Nancy
Added by Nancy G. on Jul 01, 2017 10:55 AM
Nancy G.
John C. Cotten - 60527340
Hi, Joe,
I have written you another e-mail which explains my request here. Is there any way that you can transfer the photo of John to Find A Grave #56748774? Please let me hear from you when you have time. Many thanks, Nancy
Added by Nancy G. on Jun 29, 2017 3:48 PM
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