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I love the name True on this tombstone.  It’s not a name you see very often.


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Sgt. Samuel Westfall Allen Jr.


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Anton Loncar

According to the Greater Cleveland Veterans Memorial, Anton Loncar of Euclid, Ohio, died in a plane crash near Cuba while serving in the Navy in World War II. He was trained as a torpedo-man. He left behind his mother, another brother in naval service, and four sisters.

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Private Allan Fritzsche died along with 4 other members of the crew when the bomber he was riding in crashed near Harlingen Field, Texas. I am assuming that he was on a training run, since one of the other dead was listed as an instructor.

“Five Die in Plane Crash, One Hurt,” Lubbock Morning Avalanche, 1/19/1945, pg. 5.

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I considered posting a photograph of this monument as a Wordless Wednesday post, but there’s just too much interesting going on with this for me not to say something. First of all, there’s the shiny black surface with the obviously laser-carved inscription and images. Coming in closer to the side, there is this fantastic rendering of a lion and a Biblical quotation and then “ecce homo,” a reference to the life and passion of Christ.

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On the front, we learn a lot about who the Parkers were in life. He served in World War II and then worked for the Postal Service. She had degrees in nursing and education.

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And finally there’s just her name Placid Jean Dove Parker. I’ve never heard the name Placid before, but it’s very nice. Assuming Placid was her given first name and Dove her surname before marriage, that does mean her name was Placid Dove. An emphasis on peace like that in choosing a name has to have a story behind it – I wonder if that story has survived in the family?

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This marker was actually the first one in the Tennes family plot that I paused to look at.

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On it are lines from a famous poem by John Gillespie Magee, Jr., an American who penned the piece “High Flight” while serving in the Canadian Air Force during World War II. Magee perished in a plane collision at the end of 1941, but his poem has lived on and become a favorite of aviators and astronauts. I was able to find an online obituary for Horace Tennes confirming that he was a naval Lt. Commander in World War II, commanding a bombing squadron.

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