David Gibbs – Chief Warrant Officer, United States Army

For some, the pain is very fresh. Among those attending was Montgomery County resident Jean Gibbs and two of her daughters, Allison and Megan. Her husband and their father, Army Chief Warrant Officer David Gibbs, was one of two crew members killed May 5, 1999 when an Apache helicopter preparing for the Kosovo mission crashed … Read more

Jamie D. Wilson – Staff Sergeant, United States Army


NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense No. 092-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2007 DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Staff Sergeant Jamie D. Wilson, 34, of San Diego, California, died January 22, 2007, in Fallujah, Iraq, from … Read more

Gregory A. Rodriguez – Sergeant First Class, United States Army


U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) News Release IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 746-08 September 05, 2008 DoD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sergeant Fitrst Class Gregory A. Rodriguez, 35, of Weidman, Michigan, died September … Read more

Earle J. Aber, Jr. – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army Air Corps, Maurice J. Harper – Second Lieutenant, United States Army Air Corps


From an e-mail: 14 October 2003 “Dear Arlington Cemetery: “My sister found your web site on Lieutenant Colonel Earle Aber and Second Lieutenant Maurice Harper and their story. “I was quite surprised that my name was not mentioned. My name is Shaun Riley and I was the qualified ocean diver who discovered the B-17 Tondalayo … Read more

Robert Emmett Condon – Brigadier General, United States Air Force

Courtesy of the United States Air Force BRIGADIER GENERAL ROBERT E. CONDON Retired March 31, 1956.  Died January 26, 1981 Robert Emmett Condon was born in Wilbarger County, Texas, in 1896. He attended high school at Amarillo, Texas, the Catholic Academy at Shawnee, Okla., and the Kansas City School of Law and Commerce. Enlisting in … Read more

William Hanes Ayres Private, United States Army Member of Congress

From a contemporary press report: William H. Ayres, 84, a 10-term Republican congressman from Ohio who defeated every Democratic challenger in his heavily unionized district until 1970, died of heart and kidney ailments December 27, 2000 at Vantage House retirement home in Columbia, Maryland. When he left office, Representative Ayres was the ranking Republican on … Read more

Veterans Day 2002 – Arlington National Cemetery


During  a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia\, Monday, November 11, 2002, Senator-elect Elizabeth Dole R-NC., center, smiles while talking with her husband at left, former Sen. Bob Dole, a wounded World War II veteran. At right is Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta who served in  Japan and Korea after joining … Read more

Eric W. Hall – Corporal, United States Marine Corps


Search effort goes on for missing ex-Marine 8 February 2008 CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FLORIDA — Sheriff’s deputies searched the Harbour Heights neighborhood this morning for Eric W. Hall, a 24-year-old ex-Marine who was reported missing earlier this week. K-9 teams, a helicopter crew and a mounted patrol will assist in the search. Detectives believe Hall may … Read more

Irving Terrill Duke – Vice Admiral, United States Navy


VICE ADMIRAL IRVING TERRILL DUKE Born January 9, 1901 Died  unknown Rear Admiral 1951 Gunnery Officer, USS Helena (pre War) Commanding Officer, USS Rochester 1949-50 Commanding Officer, USS Missouri 1950-51 Commander, Naval Proving Ground 1951-52 Commander, Key West Naval Base 1952-53 Served with Office of Chief of Naval Operations 1953-54 Director of Undersea Warfare, Office … Read more

ARLINGTON HOUSE (The Custis-Lee Mansion) Arlington National Cemetery


On a Virginia hillside rising above the Potomac River and overlooking Washington, D.C., stands Arlington House. The 19th-century mansion seems out of place amid the more than 250,000 military grave sites which stretch out around it. Yet, when construction began in 1802, the estate was not intended to be a national cemetery. The mansion, which … Read more

Alexander Meigs Haig, Jr – General, United States Army Public Official


Alexander Haig, 85; soldier-statesman managed Nixon resignation Retired Army General Alexander Haig, who held influential positions in the U.S. military and government and who as White House chief of staff shepherded Richard M. Nixon toward peacefully resigning the presidency, died Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore of complications from an infection. He was 85. … Read more

Samuel Willard Saxton – Captain, United States Volunteers, Brevet Major, United States Volunteers


Samuel Willard Saxton of Massachusetts Captain and Assistant Aide de Camp, 30 Apr 1862 Brevet Major of U.S. Volunteers, 12 January 1865 Honorably mustered out of the volunteer service 20 July 1866 S. Willard Saxton, Brevet Major of United States Volunteers (1829-1933), (Samuel Willard Saxton of Massachusetts Captain and Assistant Aide de Camp, 30 April … Read more

No peace in life at Arlington Cemetery. (mismanagement at Arlington National Cemetery)

As the final resting place of patriots, Arlington National Cemetery emits a carefully cultivated aura of respect and serenity. But there is less peace for those who work above its hallowed ground than for the heroes interred below, according to confidential U.S. Army reports obtained by waste & abuse. Behind its tidy white rows of … Read more

David E. Van Camp – Captain, United States Army


U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) News Release IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 575-11 July 02, 2011 DOD Identifies Army Casualties The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation New Dawn. They died June 29, 2011 in Badrah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when … Read more

Strobridge’s Voyage Through Life – Associated Press, May 9, 1998

It was long ago — 40 years ago — but Don Latham still remembers watching Rodney Strobridge pitch. It wasn’t that he was a great player; Torrance High School had better pitchers than this junk-balling righthander. What Latham remembers is Rod Strobridge’s hands. “He used to have a fungal infection on his hands,” says Latham. … Read more

William George Thordsen – Chief Gunners Mate, United States Navy


Born at Fredericstaft, Germany, April 2, 1879, he earned the Medal of Honor while serving at Hilongas, Philippines, during the Insurrection there, May 6, 1900. He died on May 8, 1932 and was buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery. THORDSEN, WILLIAM GEORGE Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 2 April 1879, Fredericstadt, Germany. Accredited … Read more

William Henry Penrose – Brigadier General, United States Army


He was a civil-mechanical engineer in Michigan, and was commissioned Second Lieutenant, 3rd U.S. Infantry, April 13, 1861 and First Lieutenant May 14, 1861, serving as regimental adjutant from March 1 until April 18, 1863 when he was commissioned Colonel, 15th New Jersey. He fought with this regiment at Gaines’s Mill, White Oak Swamp, Malvern … Read more

Gerry Hubert Armstrong – Second Lieutenant, United States Army

Gerry Hubert Armstrong was born on 12 November 1946.  He graduated from the United States Military Academyin 1969 and was appointed a Second Lieutenant.  He died on 31 December 1969 and was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. ARMSTRONG, GERRY HUBERT 2LT USA VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown DATE OF BIRTH: 11/12/1946 DATE … Read more

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis


The wife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, she married Greek financier Onassis several years after JFK’s death in 1963. She became a widow the a second time when Onassis died and was again single when she died of cancer in 1994. Due to this status, she was laid to rest next to JFK and their two infant children … Read more

William Albert Collier – Brigadier General, United States Army

William Albert Collier (1896-1984) Born in Bristol, England on January 2, 1896. Retired in August 1954. Decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, three Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, eight Air Medals and two Commendation Ribbons. Died on September 24, 1984. Courtesy of William C. Collier: January 2008: William … Read more