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TSL Vol 37 No 1 - Great Falls Genealogy Society
Treasure State Lines
Volume 37 - Number 1
Treasure
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1975 - 2012
Great Falls Genealogy Society
May 2012
Volume 37—Number 1
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Volume 37 - Number 1
We encourage contributions!
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Great Falls Genealogy Society
301 2nd Ave N
Great Falls, MT 59401
Contributions to the GFGS publications are encouraged
and can be in the form of articles, letters, or notices. Submissions can be made by e-mail: [email protected], or
typewritten items (please, nothing handwritten) can be
dropped off at the library or mailed to the Society.
Phone 406-727-3922
E-mail: [email protected]
www.gfgenealogy.org
MEETINGS. Monthly general meetings and programs
are scheduled the second Thursday of each month, September through May, at 6:00 p.m. Guests and visitors are
always welcome.
The Great Falls Genealogy Society was founded in
1975 as a non-profit educational and research organization. Membership is January through December. Dues are
$25 for individuals and $30 for couples. We encourage all
members to participate in the activities and duties of the
Society. Members receive a monthly newsletter and the
semi-annual publication in May and November, plus free
use of our computers for research and access to over
10,000 items - books, journals, CDs, and microfilm.
GENEALOGY LIBRARY. The Genealogy Library
is located on the third floor of the Great Falls
Public Library. The genealogy library is staffed
entirely by volunteers. Hours are Monday through
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BOARD MEMBERS:
President
Vice President
Recording Secretary
Corresponding Sec.
Treasurer
Trustees
RESEARCH POLICY. Our volunteer research staff is
available to do research on Cascade County and Great
Falls records. Research will commence upon receipt of
the fees; check or money order may be sent to our Great
Falls address. There are three research options:
-Option 1: a comprehensive search of the records at the Great Falls Genealogy Society library. A
member of the Research Department staff will search
appropriate obit/death card file index, local history books,
Great Falls city directories, Cascade County directories,
naturalization index, people files and some early birth
indices for which the fee is $25 per immediate family.
-Option 2: includes a thorough search of the
records at the Cascade County Courthouse including
school census indices, probate indices, marriage indices,
civil judgment indices (includes divorce filings), for
which the fee is $25 per immediate family.
-Option 3: includes five research activities chosen from option one and two for a fee of $25 per immediate family.
Photocopies of obituaries, marriage license/certificates
and birth and death certificates are $5 each if ordered
separately, $3 each if ordered with option 1, 2 or 3 (Note:
Photocopies of birth and death certificates less than 30
years old can be obtained only by the mother, father,
spouse or child of the individual of whom the record is
requested).
For additional information, contact the Research Department by mail or at [email protected]
Dennis Sugden
Marie Berti
Carol Ann Clark
Margaret Lietz
Pat Wardinsky
Janet Thomson
John Birkholz
Jim Lowry
COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS:
Library
Diane Green
Acquisitions
Janet Thomson
Computer
Jim Eayrs
Membership
Pat Wardinsky
Obituary File
Jim Eayrs
Projects
Diane Green
Research
Julie Pepos
PUBLICATIONS:
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Notice and Disclaimer: Articles contained in these publications may not be copied, published, or distributed for
commercial purposes without the written consent of the
GFGS. The editors reserve the right to edit contributions
for length, substance, and grammar. The GFGS is not
responsible for accuracy, errors, or omissions in articles
submitted by others, but proven errors will be corrected.
Contents © 2012 All rights reserved.
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Items For Sale
Now available on CD
$19.95 each
NARA Military Record Search.
……....1, 2, 3
County Veteran Burials ……………………..4
Separation Document Sample ………………. 5
Separation Document Index ……………..….6
Memorial Day Program 1985 ……………...7, 8
Korean War End s
……………….9
Korean War Casualties
...………………...10
Vietnam War Casualties
…………………..11
Vietnam Unknown Soldier …………………..12
Military Service Timetable …………………13
NARA Military Record Costs …………..14, 15
Military Records Websites …………………..16
1940 Census Update ………………………...17
Heritage Tree Project ………………………. 18
Cascade County, MT Cemeteries, Disc I - covers Old
and New Highland Cemeteries in Great Falls.
23,297 burials, indexed to 1983
Hillcrest Lawn Memorial, 3,368 interments
Indexed to 1997
Cascade County, MT Cemeteries, Disc II - covers
Mount Olivet—7,183 burials, indexed to 1990
Calvary—4,027 burials, indexed to 2003
Cascade County, MT Cemeteries, Disc III - covers
33 small cemeteries in Cascade County.
Choteau County, MT Cemeteries - covers 14 cemeteries in Choteau County
Teton County, MT Cemeteries covers 15 cemeteries in Teton County
Blackfeet Burials 1935 - 1999
A MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR
4,677 entries
Extensive database includes names, birth, death,
burial dates and places, family members, sources
This issue focuses on military records for service
following World War II. Cascade County has a
rich military history going back to the soldiers at
Fort Shaw and continuing up to today’s missile
and air missions.
Buy any two CD’s for $29.95!!
Our residents have served honorably in every
military conflict.
All orders:
Add $ 3.50 shipping and handling charge
This issue is dedicated to them.
Diane Green
Printed copies available on request – price quote at
time of order – due to fluctuating printing costs.
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us
well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any
burden, meet any hardship, support any friend,
oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty."
- John F. Kennedy
brary of Congress ISSN 1060-0337
Indexed in PERSI (Periodical Source Index
Library of Congress ISSN 1060-0337
Indexed in PERSI (Periodical Source Index)
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United States Military Service Records
There is probably no genealogist whose family has not been touched by military service. Every
day additional databases are being added to the internet, opening up
new research treasures.
Service records from the Korean and Vietnam wars are now available
and can provide a wide variety of information about military personnel
who served in those conflicts.
Two excellent resources for finding individual records are:
www.koreanwar.org/
http://thewall-usa.com/.
For “one-stop shopping”, Ancestry.com has many of these records
available on their website. However, for those who do not subscribe to
the site, NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) website provides a free and user-friendly option.
One advantage to using NARA is that searches can be done by several criteria, other than by name only.
Military Service Records are being added at a phenomenal rate. There
are so many areas to explore that the researcher needs to return to the
website often.
To search the NARA databases go to: http://aad.archives.gov/aad/
Under Genealogy/Personal History or Wars/International Relations
there are a number of categories that contain the searchable records.
One of the searchable record lists follows……….
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NARA RECORD SERIES
NUMBER OF RECORDS
Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947, documenting the period 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946 - Record Group 389
143,374
World War II Prisoners of the Japanese Data Files, created, 4/2005 10/2007, documenting the period ca. 1941 - ca. 1945 - Collection ADBC
29,879
Records of Military Personnel Who Died as a Result of Hostilities During
the Korean War, created, ca. 1977 - 11/1979, documenting the period
1/1/1950 - 2/7/1957 - Record Group 330
33,642
Records on Korean War Dead and Wounded Army Casualties, created,
1950 - 1970, documenting the period 2/13/1950 - 12/31/1953 - Record
Group 407
Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Extract Files, created, ca. 2001 4/29/2008, documenting the period 6/28/1950 - 5/28/2006 - Record
Group 330
109,975
94,794
36,574
Korean War Extract Data File, as of April 29, 2008, 6/28/1950 - 3/10/1954
58,220
Vietnam Conflict Extract Data File, as of April 29, 2008, 6/8/1956 - 5/28/2006
Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Files, created, ca. 2001 3/16/2009, documenting the period 6/28/1950 - 12/31/2006 - Record
Group 330
137,677
135,795
Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Public Use File, 1950-2005,
6/28/1950 - 5/28/2006
1,882
Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Public Use File, 2006, 1/1/2006 12/31/2006
Records of Repatriated Korean War Prisoners of War, created, 1978 1980, documenting the period 7/5/1950 - 10/6/1954 - Record Group 15
4,447
Records of American Prisoners of War During the Korean War, created,
1950 - 1953, documenting the period 1950 - 1953 - Record Group 319
4,714
Records on Military Personnel Who Died, Were Missing in Action or Prisoners of War as a Result of the Vietnam War, created, 1/20/1967 - 12/1998,
documenting the period 6/8/1956 - 1/21/1998 - Record Group 330
58,965
58,193
Combat Area Casualties Current File, 6/8/1956 - 1/21/1998
772
Combat Area Casualties Returned Alive File, 5/1/1962 - 3/22/1979
Records of Deceased, Wounded, Ill, or Injured Army Personnel, Including
Dependents and Civilian Employees, created, 1/1/1961 - 12/1981, documenting the period 1/1/1961 - 12/1981 - Record Group 407
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Once a database is selected, searches can be made by several criteria:
MILITARY SERVICE
COUNTRY OF CASUALTY
TYPE OF CASUALTY
NAME
SOCIAL SECURITY # OR SERVICE #
DATE OF DEATH OR DATE DECLARED DEAD
HOME OF RECORD—CITY
HOME OF RECORD—STATE
Names of service members meeting search criteria will be listed.
There is a box to click in the far right-hand column to bring up the extracted record.
The following fields are generally included in the service record:
Name
Rank
Race
Sex
Citizenship
Birth Date
Military Grade
Pay Grade
Home of Record-City/
Town/County/State
Military Service Branch
Country of Casualty
Type of Casualty
Processing Date
Date Died or Declared
Dead
Cause of Casualty
Air/Non air Casualty
Body Recovered or Not
Service Component
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CASCADE COUNTY VETERAN BURIALS
Cascade County provides a burial allowance for qualifying veterans. Generally the funeral home
works with a representative from the Veterans’ Administration to evaluate qualifications and to
submit the allowance claim to the County program coordinator.
Payment is usually made directly to the funeral home in the allowable amount of $250. There
may also be a payment of $70 toward a headstone.
Veterans must be a resident of Cascade County at the time of death, have served at least 90 days
active duty, and proof of honorable discharge must be provided. There are about 200 qualified
veteran burials a year. Burials for 2008 thru the current date are posted on our website.
Information varies depending on the type of separation document —
DD Form 214, Discharge Papers and Separation Documents
A Report of Separation is generally issued when a service member performs active duty or at least 90 consecutive days of active duty training. The Report of Separation
contains information normally needed to verify military service for benefits, retirement,
employment, and membership in veterans' organizations. Information shown on the
Report of Separation may include the service member's:
Date and place of entry into active duty
· Home address at time of entry
· Date and place of release from active duty
· Home address after separation
· Last duty assignment and rank
· Military job specialty
· Military education
· Decorations, medals, badges, citations, and campaign awards
· Total creditable service
· Foreign service credited
· Separation information (type of separation, character of service, authority and reason
for separation, separation and re-enlistment eligibility codes)
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SAMPLE DOCUMENT
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Separation Documents are on file at the Great Falls Genealogy Library for these deceased veterans
NAME
SEPARATION DATE
AABERGE
Erik O.
9-Nov-1945
AAMOLD
Raymond M
30-Jul-1951
ANDERSON
Tyrone L.
28-Jan-1971
ANDERSON
Harold S
3-Feb-1946
AUSTAD
Quisling D.
16-Jul-1945
BERNARD
Thomas E
10-Dec-1945
BISTODEAU
Ronald G
14-Mar-1945
BLAISDELL
Fred W. Jr
19-Nov-1945
BUCKLEY
Wallace M
26-Jun-1946
BUNDTROCK
Roy Arthur
21-Oct-1945
BURY
James S
16-Mar-1950
CLARK
Robert W
CRAIG
Harry J
18-May-1919
DUNN
Patrick F
23-Dec-1945
ECKHART
Elmer A
15-Jul-1963
NAME
SEPARATION DATE
KERSCHER
KINGERY
KRAUS
LESTER
LYNCH
MADDEN
MADER
MAINARD
MCINTYRE
MERCER
Joseph W
Fred C
Berthold Henry
Albert
Arthur F
Thomas Lawrence
Gene
Harlon C
William Joseph
Delbert Reno
22-Oct-1946
21-Feb-1949
23-Dec-1918
2-Feb-1946
26-Jan-1942
28-Dec-1944
7-Nov-1947
27-Oct-1945
31-Jan-1967
25-Sep-1958
MOLDENHAUER
MORIARTY
Leonard John
John Milton
31-Oct-1970
1-Apr-1945
MURPHY
NEFF
OLSON
PRITTING
RASMUSSEN
RECTOR
SAMUEL
SANDERSON
SCARBER
SCHULTZ
SERAND
SHURE
SKAY
SMART
SMITH
STANFIELD
STARK
Cecil O SR
Elmer J
Harold A
Joseph V.
Leo L
James A
Nathan Brian
John W
Howard C
Wallace William
Larry Alan
Edward Clyde
Stanley J
Harry P
Harold Vernon
Forrest
William Phillip
28-Nov-1945
26-Sep-1945
3-Aug-1945
18-Jul-1951
12-Jan-1946
5-Oct-1945
1-Mar-1950
30-Dec-1945
31-Jul-1967
7-Sep-1945
23-Jul-1970
6-Jun-1946
30-Nov-1945
5-Dec-1946
1-Sep-1966
6-May-1958
1-Mar-1946
TOBEL
TOLLEFSON
TULICKAS
WARSIK
WATERS
May E
Howard
John E
Willie
Jerry Glen
21-Aug-1943
12-Dec-1955
20-Aug-1946
15-Dec-1945
28-Apr-1975
WILLMAN
Benny
24-Oct-1945
1-Oct-1952
WYATT
John Grisby, Jr
17-Nov-1955
Thomas W
14-Nov-1945
6-Dec-1945
FAIRINGTON
Jack Edward
FENDER
Dean P
29-Oct-1945
6-Jun-1946
FERGUSON
Virgil E
27-Oct-1945
FINLAYSON
Marshall Lincoln, Jr
10-Sep-1954
FLETCHER
James H
10-Dec-1945
FROMM
Hyrum J
22-Sep-1945
FRUIT
William Vincent
27-Mar-1946
GARDIPEE
Charles Alexander
GRAY
Charles E
1-Aug-1969
GREEN
Donald Leroy
31-Oct-1958
GREENE
Donald E
1-Dec-1945
GROENER
Robert J
9-Nov-1945
GROSSE
Otto H
17-Jan-1946
HALSTEAD
Benjamin Allen
23-Mar-1960
HARDAWAY
Robert M
20-Oct-1945
HERTEL
Harold Jacob
18-Aug-1954
HOLEFELDER
William Anthony
JAMES
Charles L
JARDINE
Harry J
JOHNSEN
Robet Theodore
JOHNSON
Harold L
10-Nov-1955
ZADICK
JONES
Willard F
17-Feb-1946
KEASTER
KEMP
Harold S
Charles Robert
28-Apr-1948
31-Dec-1964
Additional information including service branch,
serial number, place of separation, date of birth,
place of birth, and permanent address can be
viewed at: www.gfgenealogy.org
1-Jun-1956
8-Apr-1980
17-May-1946
29-Jun-1946
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Annual Memorial Day Program — May 27, 1985
Names of Veterans Who Were Buried Since Last Decoration Day
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Great Falls Leader
Great Falls Montana, Monday, July 27, 1953
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Montanans suffered 363 casualties during the Korean War.
These are the listed Cascade County losses.
NAME
DATE DIED OR DATE
DECLARED DEAD
BIRTH YEAR
BRANCH OF SERVICE
27-Jul-1950
1932
ARMY
23-Aug-1950
1929
ARMY
18-Jul-1950
1932
ARMY
Mason, Walter Edward
26-Oct-1952
1931
MARINE CORPS.
McConkey, Gerald J.
7-Mar-1950
1928
ARMY
27-Sep-1950
1927
AIR FORCE
11-May-1952
1926
ARMY
Sewell, Charles Leroy
10-Sep-1951
1926
ARMY
West, Willis N.
28-Nov-1950
1920
ARMY
Wilson, Hugh C.
24-Apr-1951
1932
MARINE CORPS.
Banks, Earl
Di Pasquo, Daniel
Lake, Frank N.
McCormick, Robert E., Jr.
Osweiler, Eugene J.
Findagrave.com has links to information and gravestones for all these men except Willis N. West and Robert E. McCormick, Jr.
West was reported missing in action and his body was never recovered.
Information on McCormick found on Korean War Project website.
Burial locations:
Banks, Earl
DiPasquo, Daniel
Lake, Frank N.
McConkey, Gerald J.
Osweiler, Eugene J.
Sewell, Charles Leroy
McCormick, Robert E., Jr.
Mason, Walter Edward
Wilson, Hugh C.
Highland Cemetery
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Highland Cemetery
Highland Cemetery
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Highland Cemetery
Highland Cemetery
Highland Cemetery
Source for statistics and casualty information: NARA
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VIETNAM WAR CASUALTIES
CASCADE COUNTY RESIDENTS
There were 271 casualties from Montana
NAME
COUNTRY
OF CASUALTY
CASUALTY
TYPE
DATE DIED OR
DECLARED
DEAD
HOME OF
RECORD
Barton, Jim
So. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
8-May-1969
Great Falls
Biberdorf, Dennis Floyd
So. Vietnam
3-Jun-1969
Great Falls
Christensen, William Murre
No. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
Hostile-Died While
Missing
10-May-1973
Great Falls
Cole, Raymond Allen
So. Vietnam
23-Feb-1969
Great Falls
Curl, Franklin Newton
So. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
Non-Hostile, Died
While Missing
9-Nov-1968
Great Falls
Ehnes, Richard Lee
So. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
21-Mar-1970
Great Falls
Elmore, Kenneth Glenn
So. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
14-Nov-1969
Great Falls
Ferguson, Ronald Bruce
So. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
13-Apr-1969
Great Falls
Fish, Glenn Charles
So. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
27-Aug-1968
Great Falls
Flanagan, Russell David
So. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
28-Feb-1969
Great Falls
Hendrickson, Michael Franc
So. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
25-Jul-1968
Great Falls
Hensley, Mark Alan
So. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
19-Sep-1970
Great Falls
Johnson, Lyle Albert
So. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
5-Oct-1967
Great Falls
Johnson, William Michael
So. Vietnam
13-Jul-1968
Great Falls
Kegley, Joe David
So. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
Non Hostile-Died
While Missing
27-Jul-1966
Great Falls
Klemencic, Joseph Gordon
So. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
9-May-1967
Great Falls
Kojetin, Roger John
So. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
10-Jan-1972
Great Falls
McCarvel, Stephen Lewis
So. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
24-May-1969
Great Falls
Nelson, Stephen Carl
So. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
25-Apr-1967
Great Falls
Pomeroy, Alexander P.
So. Vietnam
2-Aug-1969
Great Falls
Richardson, Roger Paul
So. Vietnam
9-Mar-1967
Great Falls
AIR FORCE
Smith, Milton Warren
So. Vietnam
29-Dec-1967
Belt
ARMY
Srb, Ervin Rynolt, Jr
So. Vietnam
Hostile-Killed
Hostile-Died While
Missing
Non-Hostile, died
While Missing
Hostile-Died of
Wounds
28-Jul-1969
Great Falls
Webster, Christopher C.
So. Vietnam
12-Aug-1969
Great Falls
Willett, Robert Vincent, Jr.
Laos
Hostile-Killed
Hostile-Died While
Missing—not found
MARINES
ARMY
25-Jun-1979
Great Falls
*Henderson, Greg Neal
So. Vietnam
Non-hostile-other
10-Apr-1971
Butte
*native of Great Falls
BRANCH
OF SERVICE
MARINES
ARMY
ARMY
MARINES
AIR FORCE
ARMY
MARINES
ARMY
ARMY
NAVY
MARINES
ARMY
MARINES
MARINES
ARMY
MARINES
ARMY
ARMY
MARINES
ARMY
AIR FORCE
ARMY
Source for statistics and casualty information: NARA
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One of 58,012 Vietnam Dead
Joins the Unknowns
Four Prayers by Chaplains
The 15-minute interment ceremony on the
hillside just below the flag- draped amphitheater began
with four prayers of committal - Jewish, Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant - by military chaplains while the ramrod-straight bearers held the flag that
had been draping the coffin above it.
Then President Reagan, who had stood solemnly
with his hand over his heart, placed the wreath in front of
the Unknown. Next came a 21-gun salute, which echoed
dramatically in the distance, the benediction and the firing
of three rifle volleys.
A bugler played taps. The bearers ceremoniously folded the flag while the band played ''America
the Beautiful.'' President Reagan saluted and the remains of the fourth officially designated American
soldier ''known but to God'' took his place in history .
By ROBERT D. HERSHEY Jr.
Special to The New York Times
ARLINGTON, Va., May 28 -- 1984
His voice choking with emotion, President
Reagan led the nation in a state funeral today for the
only American known to have perished in the Vietnam
War who is still unidentified. Under gray skies, which
occasionally dripped with rain, the unknown Vietnam
casualty was pulled on a black caisson along a crowded
seven-mile route from the Capitol and, 11 years after the
war ended, was interred in the Tomb of the Unknowns at
Arlington National Cemetery.
Awarded Medal of Honor
The serviceman, whom Mr. Reagan awarded
the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration, now lies in a crypt near unknown servicemen from
the two World Wars and the Korean War. They had been
awarded Medals of Honor by other Presidents.
''The unknown soldier who has returned to us
today and whom we lay to rest is symbolic of all our
missing sons,'' the President said in his eulogy. In Vietnam, 58,012 United States servicemen died.
Mr. Reagan also sought to reassure the families
of 2,447 servicemen and 42 civilians still listed as missing that the Government would not relax its efforts to
account for them.
Just before placing the Medal of Honor in front
of the coffin at his left side in the amphitheater apse, Mr.
Reagan looked at the coffin and, his voice breaking, said
of the Unknown: ''About him we may well wonder, as
others have, as a child, did he play on some street in a
great American city? Did he work beside his father on a
farm in America's heartland? Did he marry? Did he have
children? Did he look expectantly to return to a bride?
''We will never know the answers to these questions about his life. We do know, though, why he died.
He saw the horrors of war but bravely faced them, certain his own cause and his country's cause was a noble
one, that he was fighting for human dignity for free men
everywhere.”
'Thank You, Dear Son'
A half-minute later, his voice giving way again,
the President concluded, saying, ''Let us, if we must,
debate the lessons learned at some other time. Today we
simply say with pride: Thank you, dear son, and may
God cradle you in his loving arms.''
With that, he laid a wreath in front of the coffin.
THE REST
STORY……………...
OF
THE
DNA testing has proven that the remains buried in the tomb of the unknowns
at Arlington National Cemetery were those
of United States Air Force Lieutenant,
Michael Joseph Blassie.
On July 10, 1998 Lieutenant
Blassie’s remains were returned to his family and were buried in his home town of St.
Louis, Missouri on July 11, 1998.
Since then, the crypt for an unknown Vietnam veteran has remained empty.
New York Times article exerpts from
Digital History -Newspapers
http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/news/newspapers.cfm
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Reprinted with permission from “Footprints”, published by Fort Worth Genealogical Society/Judy Knight
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Reprinted with permission from “Footprints”, published by Fort Worth Genealogical Society/Debbie Pearson
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Free websites for Military Records post World War II
(some have prior service records also)
www.navylog.org/log.php
The Navy Log
is a continuously growing National Registry of
Sea Service. There are more than 615,000 records and the database is searchable by name or
duty station. Many records contain photos.
www.abmc.gov/home.php
American Battle Monuments Commission
Established by Congress, ABMC administers,
operates, and maintains 24 permanent American
burial grounds on foreign soil. Presently there
are 124,905 U.S. war dead interred at these
cemeteries. There are several databases and a
variety of search options for WWI, WWII and
Korean War casualties—good service records.
www.dtic.mil/dpmo/
DPMO – Defense Prisoner of War/Missing
Personnel Office
This site is maintained by the Department of Defense and tracks the more than 83,000 Americans missing from World War II, The Korean
War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the
1991 Gulf War. Each war is searchable by name
or state of residence.
www.koreanwar.org/
Korean War Project
The most comprehensive site for researching
Korean War military personnel. A must for
searching for personnel records for this war.
http://thewall-usa.com/
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall U.S.A
Searchable by a number of criteria. Shows personal information, service record, location on
memorial wall, may have photo posted, displays
remembrances posted online.
gravelocator.cem.va.gov/
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Search for burial locations of veterans and their
family members in VA National Cemeteries,
state veterans cemeteries, various other military
and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for
veterans buried in private cemeteries when the
grave is marked with a government grave marker.
Records include service information, cemetery
and plot location-some cemetery maps.
**ancestry.com
**fold3.com
**subscription sites, but fold3 has some free databases – worth checking out
www.familiesforforgottenheroes.org/
Families of Forgotten Heroes
Non-profit, searchable online database of veterans whose remains are unclaimed because the veteran:
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died with no known Next of Kin (NOK), NOK could not be found or NOK was not yet searched for
died but the family was unable to afford the interment
died but the family never claimed the remains for burial
died but for some unknown reason was never interred
Searchable by name, branch of service, military action.
www.gfgenealogy.org
The Great Falls Genealogy Society website has a number of searchable
veteran burial databases. Members can sign in to view expanded details.
Additionally, our library has copies of “Montanans in Uniform” feature from the Great Falls Tribune for the 1950s—1980s, searchable by name on our website under Tribune Index.
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1940 Census
Indexing continues at an amazing speed and uploaded digital
mages are being made available on:
Ancestry.com, Archives.com, FindMyPast.com, National Archives, ProQuest, and FamilySearch.org.
FamilySearch may be the simplest and quickest site to search—and
it is free.
This portal will take you to an
interactive map showing which
states have been indexed and
the progress being made in others.
From here you can begin a search by location. Partially indexed
states have browse only images prior to completion of indexing. Montana indexing is complete.
For the quickest search, use the main FamilySearch page:
Enter the name, residence and years 1940 to 1941. This will
pop up the 1940 census results.
If the residence state is unknown, other search criteria may
have to be entered as well.
At the time of this publication, 65% of all indexing has been completed
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Volume 37 - Number 1
GREAT FALLS GENEALOGY SOCIETY
Heritage Tree Project
Honor your family
Share your history
This beautiful commemorative tree is
prominently displayed in our library
As a special contributor, name/names of your choice will be engraved on a
metallic leaf, and we invite you to:
1. Complete a four-generation chart (additional charts if you like)
2. Write a one or two page family narrative
3. Furnish one page of photos family and/or business related.
All charts, histories and photos will be kept in a special book displayed with the tree.
Since all leaves are of brass finish, the various levels of recognition are as follows:
1 star - $50
2 star - $100
3 star - $250
4 star - $500
5 star - $1000
All contributions are tax deductible.
Return the bottom portion to GFGS – 301 2 Ave N., Great Falls MT 59401
Name/names/dates to appear on leaf: ________________________________
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(may be your own name, ancestor or family surname, dates– up to 3 lines)
Name of contributor_________________________________
Address____________________________________________________________
Phone_________________
Amount of contribution: $__________
For further information call the GFGS Library – 406-727-3922
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Great Falls Genealogy Society
301 2nd Ave N
Great Falls, MT 59401
Return Service Requested
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Great Falls MT 59401