I tried to find out more information about PFC McClintock, but almost everything you can find online for the 83rd Division is about their World War II service. The one consistent piece of information I discovered was that most of the soldiers were from Ohio. Perhaps in a few years when more resources go online, I’ll be able to learn more about this soldier.
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I find a lot of little five-pointed stars on cemetery monuments. Based on a little bit of research, five-pointed stars often are supposed to symbolize Christ, specifically the five wounds of Christ from the crucifixion.
The name on this stone caught my eye because I had never seen it before. My great-grandfather was LaVergne, a name that I don’t usually see applied to men, but I’ve never seen AuVergne before. While researching the name, I found out that it’s actually is the name of a historic province and now a region in France. Because of that, almost all of the links I could find were about the place, rather than establishing for me whether the name was more popular in an earlier time or whether this person had an unusual name, possibly harkening back to the French place.
When I found this tombstone, I didn’t know what a liaison pilot was in World War II. Liaison pilots were mostly enlisted men who flew small, unarmed aircraft to support military operations. Think missions like supply runs, transporting officers or reconnaissance missions. It is sadly no surprise that SSgt. Williams lost his life doing this job.
Timothy Martindale, a young man from the Great Lakes region, died miles away from home and family in the sweltering heat of a Georgia August. (I used to visit family in Georgia in late July and early August – I referred to Atlanta in the summer as hell.) I don’t know whether he died of wounds or disease, but his unit, the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery C, was engaged in the siege of the city of Atlanta at the time of his death.
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