Remembering Veterans Today

This post is dedicated to veterans.Starting with my father, my oldest brother, numerous uncles, cousins, and other family members who have served in the military.Father Headstone


A special shout-out goes to Daniel Kring, my great-grandfather’s brother who paid the ultimate sacrifice in 1863 in the Battle of Missionary Ridge. He was the only member of his company to die in this battle. A second shout-out goes to Lemuel Basnight, brother to my third great-grandfather, who served in the Confederate Army.

As part of Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society’s (MHGS) White Chapel BillionGraves Project, I photographed many veteran headstones. I do not have the time to research every one, but some stand out. In a recent outing, I photographed Mildred Darlene “Micky” (Tuttle) Axton, a WASP.

Taken 30 October 2014

Taken 30 October 2014

For those unfamiliar with WASP on a military headstone, it stands for Women Airforce Service Pilot. These women helped ferry planes during World War II. You can read more about WASPs at the WASP Museum or the WASP WWII website.  According to Micky’s Find-A-Grave memorial, she was one of the first three WASPs to be a test pilot and the first to fly a B-29.

I do not have a photo of this memorial, but the Gulfport, Mississippi World War I Memorial can be seen on Find-A-Grave. I included actual burial locations when known.

It is a cenotaph in downtown Gulfport. Engraved as follows:

Erected by
The Woman’s Memorial Ass’n. of Gulfport.
In memory of
Our boys who made the supreme
Sacrifice in the World War.

Dedicated Nov. 11, 1920.

Alfred Alleman – lost on the S.S. Cyclops April 14, 1918 Age 26 years Second memorial on Find-A-Grave. The ship was lost at sea; some attribute its loss to the Bermuda Triangle and others note the possibility of a pro-German captain, piracy, overloading, etc. Not mentioned in the Wikipedia article is a reference to the ship by Abby on N.C.I.S.

(Jos.) Joseph L. Graham – died in action in France May 29, 1918 Age 22 years. No other burial information found on Find-A-Grave or the ABMC website. Will continue to look.

Theodore B. Hill – killed in action St. Etienne, France October 8, 1918 Age 24 years (1894 – 1918; middle name Boyd). Actual burial in Evergreen Cemetery in Gulfport.

Wayno Ferndando Cochran – died Bois des Rappes, France October 12, 1918 Age 39 years. I did not find Wayno on the ABMC (American Battle Monuments Commission) website. I did find a William Cochran on the ABMC website with the same death date listed with Gulfport as his hometown and a corresponding Find-A-Grave memorial: William Cochran.

Olly Clark Westbrook – Died Ft. Benj. Harrison, Ind. (Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana) October 13, 1918 Age 25 years. No other burial information found on Find-A-Grave or the ABMC website. Will continue to look.

William Frederick Ladnier – died Bordeaux, France October 1918 Age 28 years. Found an ABMC memorial for William C. Ladnier from Mississippi. Find-A-Grave memorial for William C. Ladnier.

William David Mims – died in Brest, France January 28, 1919 Age 29 years. Buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Grenada, Mississippi.

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