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Friday, July 20, 2012

Portrait of General Joseph Wheeler, Theodore Roosevelt and other Officer's of the Rough Rider's

Rough Riders in Tampa. Group portrait of General Joseph Wheeler, Theodore Roosevelt and other high ranking Officers of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment - Tampa, 1898, Florida

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Lt. Colonel John Jacob Astor, A Spanish American War Veteran on the R.M.S. TITANIC

John Jacob Astor (the 4th) -(born July 13th, 1864, died April 15th, 1912) was an American Businessman who had served as a Lt. Colonel during the Spanish American War. He was the richest man on the R.M.S. Titanic and a Business Legend. He was last seen on deck smoking a cigarette and assisting women and children to get on the few life boats left on board. The many R.M.S. Titianic movies always incorrectly portray his last moments on board ship. He died a Hero and many survivors gave testimony of his final moments, as he was standing there on deck, knowing there was no escape, quietly smoking a cigarette and comforting other passengers. His body was recovered on April 22nd, 1912. His was the 124th body recovered from the sea. He is buried at Trinity Church Cemetery, Manhattan, New York. May He Rest In Peace // Que En Paz Descanse

Friday, March 16, 2012

Blake John Gonzalez, 1877-1952, Obituary, Spanish American War Veteran.

Blake John Gonzalez was born on June 17th, 1877 and passed away on November 11th, 1952, in Pensacola, Florida . His Obituary is listed below :

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday for Blake John Gonzalez, 75, who died Tuesday morning at his home, 214 N. DeVilleirs St.

Rites will be held at Fisher-Pou Chapel with the Rev. James Johnson of the First Presbyterian Church officiating.

Mr. Gonzalez was a former telegraph operator, a Veteran of the Spanish-American War and a member of Col. W. F. Williams Camp Spanish-American War Veterans.
He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. G. Rolfe, Miss Wilhelmina and Miss Violette Gonzalez; two brothers, Winters and Eric Gonzalez, all of Pensacola.

Honorary Pallbearers will be from the Col. Williams Camp: William A. Houghton, Cris Austin, A. T. Early, Albert J. Anderson, John A. Webster and E. A. Guillott; actives, Raymond Wilson, Charles Gonzalez, Sr., Joe Reichman, Edgar de la Rua, Ben Landrum and Joe Riera.

The family requests flowers be omitted.

Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery with services at the grave conducted by the Col. W. F. Williams Camp.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

John Matza, Coal Passer / Seaman on the U.S.S. Maine.

The photograph on the left is that of Coal Passer / Seaman John Matza. He was killed in the explosion of the U.S.S. Maine, in Havana, Cuba, on February 15th, 1898. He was one of the 260 Sailors and Marines killed on that day. May They Rest In Peace // Que En Paz Descansen. 

Sunday, February 5, 2012