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A Letter to the Loved Ones of the Many Veterans Buried in our Cemeteries: Requesting Information and Assistance

A Letter to the Loved Ones of the Many Veterans Buried in our Cemeteries: Requesting Information and Assistance

Please assist us with our research by sharing your stories, photos, portraits, etc. regarding your beloved veteran(s). We want to know who these veterans were as people, far beyond the basic information included on their memorial monuments. We want to save the memory of who they were for future generations. We want to recognize their sacrifices, their bravery, and their unique personalities…

Curtis Ray Patton (1941 – 1968)

Curtis Ray Patton (1941 – 1968)

Curtis Ray Patton was born June 27, 1941 to Mr. and Mrs. Willie M. Patton. He was drafted into the U.S. Army via Selective Service and began his tour on March 20, 1967, serving with the 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, B Company…

John Riley Parker (1896 – 1983)

John Riley Parker (1896 – 1983)

After finishing high school in 1917, John enlisted in the Virginia National Guard as a band corporal and was immediately transferred to the Army 111th Field Artillery band. They were stationed at Camp McClellan, AL 4 Sept. 1917 to 20 June 1918, during which time he was promoted to Sergeant…

Gurley Ambrose Barlow, Jr. (1919 – 1995)

Gurley Ambrose Barlow, Jr. (1919 – 1995)

Mr. Barlow served as operations officer of the 71st AAA Group in Europe during World War II. He left active service in 1946, then joined the Army Reserves and retired as a colonel in 1971. He was selected as an aide de camp on the military staff of Govs. Mills Godwin, John Dalton and Charles Robb…

Carl Edward Stone (1928 – 2009)

Carl Edward Stone (1928 – 2009)

Colonel Stone was an Air Force veteran with almost 28 years of military service. During his military career he received several honors of distinction, to include the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Award and the Legion of Merit…

John Lewis Basnight (1926 – 1996)

John Lewis Basnight (1926 – 1996)

Mr. Basnight was a member of Benn’s United Methodist Church and an honorary member of Carrollton Ruritan Club. He was a U.S. Army veteran…

Judge Edwin Paul Crider, Jr. (1921 – 2015)

Judge Edwin Paul Crider, Jr. (1921 – 2015)

Judge Crider was a public school teacher at the former Brosville High School in Pittsylvania County, Buckroe, Jr. High and Hampton High in Hampton, Virginia. He was an Army Air Corps WWII Veteran, serving in the 726th Bomb Squadron of the 451st Bombardment Group (H), Mediterranean Theater of Operations…

Daniel Anderson, Sr. (c.1936 – 2010)

Daniel Anderson, Sr. (c.1936 – 2010)

Dan proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and retired with 27 years of service. He then continued his career with the Norfolk Public Works Center, civil service, and completed 20 years of service. Dan was a member of the American Legion and was a member of the VFW, Tidewater and Post 49, Smithfield…

Samuel Peele Jordan, Jr. (1942 – 2006)

Samuel Peele Jordan, Jr. (1942 – 2006)

He was a proud and active member of the Virginia Military Institute Class of 1964. His experience at VMI shaped his life and instilled the values of integrity, loyalty, honor and service to country that guided him throughout his life. After graduating from VMI, Sam joined the U.S. Air Force, serving first in Vietnam at Cam Rahn Bay, and then in Madison, Wis., where he met his wife, Mary Jo Anderson…

Walter Elmo Bloxom, Jr. (1923 – 2005)

Walter Elmo Bloxom, Jr. (1923 – 2005)

He attended Smithfield Elementary and graduated from Smithfield High School, later attending and graduated from Newport News Apprentice School. He served our country for two years as a tug boat captain in the Army during WW II…

Shirley “Jack” Henry Finley (1923 – 2018)

Shirley “Jack” Henry Finley (1923 – 2018)

He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during WWII. He was retired from Newport News Shipbuilding. He was the oldest living member of the Smithfield VFW, where he was a past commander, and The Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department, where he served in the position of Captain and was awarded the title of Honorary Chief in 2010…

Glenn Aubrey Hoy (1934 – 2017)

Glenn Aubrey Hoy (1934 – 2017)

Glenn served his country in the Navy, attended Penn State University, and retired from Newport News Shipbuilding after 38 years…

Archibald Atkinson (1792 – 1872)

Archibald Atkinson (1792 – 1872)

Atkinson was born on September 13, 1792, in Isle of Wight County to James Atkinson and Mary Atkinson. The father’s occupation is not known, but the family’s modest resources provided for only a limited primary education for young Atkinson…