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Vic Dill Proudly Serves in Marine Corp

Escort for deceased includes own step-brother

by Denise Felderman

Upon entry Vic Dill went to Marine Corp Recruit Depot (MCRD) in San Diego, Calif., for 12 weeks. Then off to Camp Pendleton for four weeks of infantry training. Then back to MCRD for field operators course.

Vic mostly learned about field radios (prc 25) and backpack or jeep-mounted radios. He was then sent to 9th Communications Battalion, 5th Marine Expeditionary

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Coulston Serves with Military Police in Vietnam

Spends time as “tunnel rat”

by Denise Felderman

Ron Coulston went into the service in 1968. He was 17 years old. He was attached to the military police and led convoys into North Vietnam with a V100 tank on solid rubber wheels. This was his job for about 2.5 months. He could have left Vietnam as he was offered the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. as a police officer,

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Do You Know This Town?

The following is the first of a series on the history of local towns by Lanita Sconce Smith, Daviess County Genealogical Society President.

The first settler came to this area from Ray County in 1834 and settled about two miles from where the current town now sits. His name was Thomas Auberry, an old pioneer who was a “jack of all trades.” He was a preacher, doctor, farmer, horse-trader, horse

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Eighty-Four-Year-Old Writes Biography, Gift to Family

The History of Margaret Jean (Truitt) Ferguson by the Daviess County native has been published by the Gallatin Publishing Company.

Set in Daviess County, it is narrated from the present day, referring back to events that span the twentieth century. It includes a personal history within a family history within a regional history.

Margaret’s family, the Scotts and Hamptons, settled in Madalene, while the Truitts and Gilreaths settled in Winston.

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The Pride of Daviess County

by Lanita Sconce Smith, Daviess County Genealogical Society President

When we say “Daviess County” what comes to mind? How much do you know about those who crossed our paths in the course of our county’s history? Can you name two famous people who went on to prestigious positions in their fields who were from and are now buried in Daviess County?

Most people know of Jesse and Frank James and

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Letter to the Editor: MoSGA Celebrates

Dear Sir,

As the Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) gets ready to celebrate the 35th anniversary of its creation later this year, we want to take this opportunity to reach out to all the members of Missouri’s genealogical community.

Specifically, we welcome your ideas on how MoSGA can better serve the needs of the genealogical community around the state.

Additionally, we would invite you to visit our website and while

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Road to Zion… Finally

Mt. Zion Cemetery had not been cared for in earlier years. The cemetery was allowed to have timber surround and overtake it. There is no fence around the cemetery.

by Lanita Sconce Smith, Daviess County Genealogical Society

For the last few years, numerous people have expressed their dismay at the conditions of Mt. Zion Cemetery, one of the oldest in Daviess County. Once a proud cemetery associated with the Mt.

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Genealogical Society Meets June 28

The Daviess County Genealogical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. on June 28 at the Squirrel Jail in Gallatin. June is the month to join, or renew your membership. Membership is $20 per household with benefits including unlimited amount of lookups and the quarterly newsletter, Daviess Diggin’s, filled with info not found online. For more information, contact President Lanita Sconce Smith at 660-684-6174 [evenings] or [email protected]

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Bruce Bridgman Sees World During Stint in Navy

Fishing for salmon in Alaska, fishing for Gemini 6 after splashdown

by Denise Felderman

“When they talk about seeing the world while you’re in the Navy – I did just that,” said Bruce Bridgman, US Navy, Sept. 15, 1965 to Sept. 16, 1969.

Bruce was temporarily assigned to the USS Forest Sherman. Launched in 1955, the USS Forest Sherman was the lead ship of her class of destroyer of the

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