13 November 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: James F Still

Seeing as it's Veteran's Week (I know I made that up but doesn't it sound better than just one day?), I thought I would look through some tombstone photos I had and choose a vet to honor today. Well I feel so bad - Sunday when I wrote of my family's vets, I omitted my Uncle Jim!

James Franklin Still served in the US Army during WW2.

He was born 5 September 1910 to Pierson George and Mary Kilpatrick Still in Unionville, Chester County, PA. He was the oldest son. Pierson and Mary had had a daughter - Margaret Nora Still - the year prior but she had lived only two months. In 1913 his parents had another daughter - Dorothy - who died within her first months as well. James' brother Lloyd Pierson Still - my grandfather - was born 24 March 1914. He lived a full life. Their mother passed two years later - in 1916 - due to complications of childbirth. So Pierson raised James and Lloyd on his own with help of course from the family and a housekeeper, Edith Maltby.

On 7 April 1942 Uncle Jim enlisted in the Army. He served until his release on 9 June 1945. Sadly I know little about his time in the Army except that he was in the European Theater.

He is buried at the Old Doe Run Presbyterian Cemetery with his parents and sisters in East Fallowfield Township, Chester County, PA.

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