Cemetery of the Day (CotD) – Biloxi National Cemetery

This is the inaugural implementation of my Cemetery of the Day (CotD). BillionGraves has been running a CotD for a while now and I think it is important to recognize cemeteries. My CotD choices will be a mix of random, suggested, and personal choices. Please feel free to add a comment or send me an e-mail about cemeteries that you would like to see mentioned.

What is CotD? It stands for Cemetery of the Day.

I chose Biloxi National Cemetery as my first CotD because it has personal significance for me. My parents, step-father, and one niece are buried there. There are 26,121 memorials listed on Find-A-Grave (as of July 3, 2018)

Father, Fred Smith, Sr. (plot 27, 1, 11, but some V.A. records list it as plot 28)


Father Headstone

Mother, Ruth Hartman (plot 5A, 1, 5)


Mother Headstone

Here are the approximate locations of my parents and step-father’s headstone. I did not get a chance to visit Sabrina’s headstone when I took the other photos as the cemetery was about to close when I arrived that day. I was on a Hurricane Katrina relief trip in 2007 when I took the other photos and haven’t had a chance to get back down there. I am hoping a BillionGraves volunteer will take photos and upload them to BillionGraves.

Niece, Sabrina Smith (plot E, 89C)


Step-father (photo to be added when I get to the computer that has the photo – photo has been added), John Hartman (plot 5A, 1, 4)


BillionGraves listing for cemetery


Find-A-Grave listing for cemetery


Interment.net listing of graves, last updated from V.A. records as of 02 July 2000.


U.S. GenWeb Tombstone Project for cemetery – only a few photos of headstones


V. A. listing for cemetery


Cemetery map can be found here, but I added a screenshot of it below the PDF link.


Biloxi VA Cem map

Cemetery has one Medal of Honor burial, Colonel Ira Clinton Welborn (1874 – 1956, plot 12, 4, 12) .


First burial at Biloxi in 1934 was Private Edgar Ross (plot 1, R1/G1).


First burial at Biloxi after it was opened to all veterans and dependents in 1973 was Chief Master Sergeant Robert E. Callander (plot 29, R-3, G-4); he served during World War II, Korean and Vietnam Conflicts.


Find-A-Grave Famous Memorials (updated July 3, 2018):

Stan “Uncle Elmer” Frazier (1937 – 1992) – Professional Wrestler; served in the U. S. Navy during Korean Conflict. – https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6717595/stan-frazier

Albert Samuel “June” Gardner (1930 – 2010) – Drummer; served in the U. S. Army during Korean Conflict – https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/62286994/albert-samuel-gardner

Forest J. Sterling (1911 – 2002) –  Author of the book “Wake of the Wahoo” ( book available a number of places, including Amazon, Kobo, Google Books) served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and Korean Conflict. He was transferred off the Wahoo shortly before its final mission that it didn’t return from – https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7649939/forest-j.-sterling 

Ira Clinton Welborn (1874 – 1956) – Spanish-American War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient (awarded June 21, 1899) – also served in World War I, the Boxer Rebellion, the Philippine Insurrection,  and the Mexican Border conflicts. He also listed above. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7025006/ira-clinton-welborn

“Voluntarily left shelter and went, under fire, to the aid of a private of his company who was wounded”.

Lamar Williams (1949 – 1983) – Musician – bass guitarist; served in the Vietnam Conflict and died as a result of Agent Orange exposure https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7501435/lamar-williams







About Wichita Genealogist

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