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Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

Joseph Earl Brownlee

Joseph Earl Brownlee Joseph Earl Brownlee was born August 17, 1919 to Andrew Joseph Brownlee and Maude Evalie Brownlee.  He joined two siblings, Grace (1913) & John (1915), in a small rural farm house near Nelson, Missouri.   Joe also had another older sister, Nettie Louise, born in July of 1917, who was “given” to a wealthy family living in Boonville, MO.  The facts regarding Nettie’s “adoption” are vague but the siblings knew of her throughout…

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Nov

Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

William “Bill” Willuweit

William “Bill” Willuweit The journey to William “Bill” Willuweit’s birthplace on this small homestead in Quinn, South Dakota, began in Europe, near the very countries he would one day return, laced in combat boots.1 His father, Gustav Willuweit, was a German who lived in the Ukraine. Around 1900, Gustav traveled across the Atlantic to Ellis Island. An ordained Lutheran minister, Gustav was an incredibly educated man. Even after he had left the libraries of the…

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Nov

Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

Jack Burson Lozier

Jack Burson Lozier Jack Burson Lozier was born the youngest of three on September 22, 1930, in the township of Braceville, Ohio, to Harvey and Florence Lozier. He was born at a time of hardship, in the first years of the Great Depression. Raised on a chicken farm, Jack and his family certainly faced the economic difficulties of living in this period of history. Farm families suffered more than others with their percent of received…

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Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

Thomas A. McKee

Thomas A. McKee Thomas Arthur McKee, the only child of Lee and Bessie McKee, was born on February 6, 1918 in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Black Hills of Thomas’s childhood were riddled with the mineshafts and dwindling towns remnant of the Gold Rush era, but were yet untouched by the looming tourism boom spurred by President Coolidge’s summer excursions and the carving of Mount Rushmore. Thomas spent his youth doing chores on his family’s…

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Jun

Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

Robert Andrews

Robert Andrews Robert Joseph Andrews was welcomed into the world by Agnes Cecilia and Roger Raynor Andrews on November 5, 1925. Robert, who usually went by his nick name ‘Andy’, grew up in Royal Oak, a small town in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, with his older sister Kathleen. During World War I, Andy’s father joined the US Army, and the town got all their war stories and news from their bosses at Henry Ford’s…