Honoring Those That Died For Freedom

Brittany American Cemetery in France

Brittany American Cemetery in France

On Memorial Day Weekend here in the United States we remember those that served and died for freedom. A few years back while in France, I went to the Brittany American Cemetery to honor my uncle, John Doran, by visiting his grave. It is very sobering to see the rows and rows of simple white grave markers of these heroes. Although I felt a great sadness, the cemetery was also a peaceful place. Many of the local French residents sponsor a grave and come to pay their respects. There are over 218,000 individuals buried or memorialized at American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) cemeteries. If you go to their website there is a link to search for ABMC burials. http://www.abmc.gov/about-us

Private First Class John J. Doran, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, Co. K. John landed on D-day, was wonded on June 9, and returned to duty to engage in the assaults upon St. Lo and Brest. He was killed in Brest, August 30, 1944.

Private First Class John J. Doran, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, Co. K. He landed on D-day, was wounded on June 9, and returned to duty to engage in the assaults upon St. Lo and Brest. He was killed in Brest, France on August 30, 1944.

After visiting the Brittany American Cemetery, I found out that my late aunt’s first husband, Paul Mitak, was also buried there. Here’s a photo of his cousin Paul paying his respects at the grave. As you can see, the residents of France remember the old meaning of Memorial Day – Decoration Day.

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September 26, 1944 - Front page of the Whitehouse Review, Whitehouse Station, NJ.

September 26, 1944 – Front page of the Whitehouse Review, Whitehouse Station, NJ.

This weekend is a reminder to me to honor those brave men and women that died while serving our country, and also to pray for peace. If you see a veteran holding a donation can while handing out poppies, please remember to make a donation and take a poppy. I was glad to pin a poppy to my purse at my local hardware store today. My thoughts and prayers are with all those that have lost a loved one to war.

Brittany American Cemetery - Honoring John J. Doran

Brittany American Cemetery – Honoring John J. Doran

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Radio Flyer Fun On the Roof – Six Word Saturday

Radio Flyer fun on the roof!

Mary Mahoney Doran is being helped out of the little wagon by her son-in-law, Walter.

Mary Mahoney Doran being helped out of the little wagon by her son-in-law, Walter.

I love this photo of my grandmother up on the roof of her apartment on Ferry Street in Newark, New Jersey. Based on the ages of her first two grandchildren, Joseph and James, it was taken around 1951. Also shown are two of her sons, Bernard and William, her daughter, Margaret, and her daughter-in-law, Mary.

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Jo-Jo and Jimek getting a turn riding the wagon.

Since I really enjoy doing family research, I had to try to match up this apartment with the Newark, New Jersey City Directories. Lucky for me there was a match!

Source: Ancestry.com. Databases: U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989. Newark, NJ, 1951. Record accessed 5/13/2015.

Source: Ancestry.com. Databases: U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989. City Directory of Newark, NJ, 1951.

Our Doran clan were the ones living at 104 Ferry Street. Some of the other Dorans listed are also related to us. William and Rose Doran were my father’s uncle and aunt, and the other Bernard listed was his cousin. According to my father, this apartment was close to Jackson Street. When I searched the address it showed a place closer to Penn Station, so I think the street numbering has changed.

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Ready to climb in the wagon!

I really loved going to visit Nana in the city! Since so many of her children lived with her, or right around the block, the visits were always filled with family fun and good food. This section of Newark is sometimes called Down Neck or the Ironbound. Some of the best restaurants in New Jersey are still located in this small section of Newark.

Take a look at Cate’s blog, Show My Face, for some other SWS postings. Hope you get outside for some weekend fun. Happy Saturday!
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Sunday’s Obituary – Dolores Ann Ameen Doran (1934-2006)

Dolores Ann Ameen Doran - 1956

Dolores Ann Ameen Doran – 1956

Dolores Ann Ameen Doran, 71, of Hazlet, New Jersey

“Dolores Ann Ameen Doran, 71, of Hazlet, died Tuesday, June 6, at Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel.  Born and lived in Newark, she lived in Keansburg before moving to Hazlet 20 years ago.  She was a homemaker.  Mrs. Doran was an avid bingo player, a member of the Bayshore Senior Health, Education and Recreation Center, Keansburg, and a member of the Keansburg First Aid Auxiliary.

Surviving are her children, [omitted for privacy]; a brother, Samuel  Ameen of Texas; and 11 grandchildren, [omitted for privacy].

Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, with a funeral service at 8 p.m. at Laurel Funeral Home, 201 Laurel Ave., West Keansburg.  Cremation will be in Monmouth Memorial Park Crematory, Tinton Falls.”

Source: Asbury Park Press, Asbury Park, New Jersey. Published on 7 June 2006.

Dolores was the child of Kattar Samuel and Margaret Cervone Ameen. She was my beloved aunt, and always a great joy to talk with and visit. May she rest in peace.

IMG_20150503_0001Sunday’s Obituary is a blogging prompt suggested by GeneaBloggers.

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