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Memorial Day 2019

Memorial Day is the official day that we as a nation recognize those who have died in service to our country.

In 2015, I began documenting the burials in St. Joachim cemetery and came across several grave stones of military veterans and did some research to find that several of them had died in service.  That started me off on a quest to document all of those who were from Frankford who died in service.  I never thought that I would eventually be able to document over 140 names of soldiers who have died in service since the Civil War and up through Vietnam.

Each of them has his own story but every one started with saying goodbye to family and friends in Frankford  and walking out the door to go to war.  They did not know what the future would bring.  They just went to serve.  Each of them paid the ultimate price for their service with his life.  It is for this reason that we honor them.

There will be a Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 27th at 10 AM in St. Joachim Cemetery.  All are invited.

The list of the names follows below.


Civil War

John Gibson Jr.
Albert Dungan
Sewell Randall
William Batt
David Chipman
Robert Smith
John Stott
John W. Castor
Joseph D. Williams
William Baxendine
William Williams
William Wilkinson
James Crocket
William Blackburn
George Lever
Lewis B. Evans
David Potts
Richard Standing
George Gregson
John Johnson
Charles H. Wonderly
Thomas Pilling
William C. Wilson
William McMullen
Charles Layton
Henry Castor
Joseph Batt
James Harmstead
James Ferry
Robert Kay
George A. Vanhart
James Bolton
John Hart
James H. Burk
Almon Smith
William A. Vannatter
Elijah R. Hunt
John F. Gilberson
Thomas Kirkwood
James K. P. Bryan
Charles T. Mahan
David Feaster Edgar
Thomas D. G. Chapman
William H. Wright
William Fairhurst
Joseph Johnson
Peter McNally
Robert Ray
James D. Butcher
Robert Lesher
Samuel C. Rodgers
Adam Hafer
William Allen
James Donnelly
Wallace Shaw
Lewis Lesher
Rudolph Price
Samuel Deardon
William Martin
Isaac Hilt
James Pierce
Lewis C. Hong
William T. Hope
Rupert Carney
Alfred Clymer
David P. Allen Jr.
George Baxendine
George Lawrence Bragg
John Taylor
James Hilton
Thomas Stone Jr.
Michael Shuster
William E. Reynolds
Charles Henry Cooper
Thomas C. Stott
George Frederick Putt
Charles Howard Wilson
Nicholas J. Carty

World War I

Charles Harold Redman
Charles Francis Elliott
Warren John Decker, Jr.
William Charles Peel
Jesse Vandergrift
William Johnson
Thomas William Astbury Jr.
Benneville Wellington Bertolet
Amos Raymond Taylor
Howard B. Cantelly
Joseph T. McClurg
Elmer J. Needham
Horace Givens
William Wilkenson Neumann Jr.
Leon R. Foster
Joseph Alexander Coyle
Louis Redding
George H. Cassels
Edward Nelis
Charles J. Coyle
Walter Carroll Brinton
Alfred T. Ashton
Admiral Johnson

World War II

William Michael Fairhurst
Walter Billyk
George Charles Burrough
Eugene Paul Shipley
Frank Tiano
George Russell Woosley
John Russo
Eugene L. Hegh Jr.
William J. Ferry
William R. Sorensen
Francis Keeley
Eugene David Harpel Jr.
Joseph Herbert Clark
Charles Henry Blittersdorf Jr.
Andrew Krull
John A. Bissinger
Raymond D. McAteer
Walter Bryan Gossling Jr.
George Edward Frey
Charles H. Schwartz
Francis J. Schultz
Thomas Edward Biddle Jr.

Korean War

James Bartholomew Crane
Joseph George Wilusz
John Leszczynski Jr
Donald Stainthorpe Sirman

Cold War

John Wesley Harvey

Vietnam War

Lloyd Calveria Wilson
Frederick George Lynch Jr.
Stephen Paul Blanchett
Theodore Lauer Fischer
Matthew Higgins, Jr.
Charles William Daut
Charles J. Gibilterra, Jr.
Thomas Joseph Dowd
Daniel Joseph Savage
Thomas John Laughlin
David Wayne Comber
Dennis George Donovan
Francis William Lamon, Jr.
Lawrence S. Martin