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 Post subject: Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:47 am 
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Here is another posting of the SAMC laying of the wreath on Audie's birthday. It was in another Audie Google alert. There are several pictures you can look at of the ceremony. http://www.flickr.com/photos/seac_jcs/7 ... otostream/.

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 Post subject: Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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Betty wrote:
Here is another posting of the SAMC laying of the wreath on Audie's birthday. It was in another Audie Google alert. There are several pictures you can look at of the ceremony. http://www.flickr.com/photos/seac_jcs/7 ... otostream/.
Thanks for posting the photos Betty. This was a really fitting way for us all to remember Audie's birthday.

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 Post subject: Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:43 pm 
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Betty wrote:
MY HERO SINCE 1955 wrote:
My family was there in 1972, or '73. The gravestone looks renewed to me? Much darker lettering than I can remember.
Hats off to a top 5 all-time American patriot. Right there with Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln, in my eyes! :ymapplause:

The marker does look new. When we were there it was barely readable. I'm glad it's either new or cleaned. All the hero's deserve that dignity.


Yes Betty, you're right, now that I fully recall. I couldn't believe the gravestone. It was very plain looking and almost illegible. And this was only a year or two after the tragic accident that took his life.
I do have a suspicion that Audie, himself, requested this rather plain gravestone. An extremely humble hero. http://forum.cloud.static-files.com/vb4 ... owdown.gif
Yes, this new one is much, much better.


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 Post subject: Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:21 pm 
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MY HERO SINCE 1955 wrote:
Betty wrote:
MY HERO SINCE 1955 wrote:
My family was there in 1972, or '73. The gravestone looks renewed to me? Much darker lettering than I can remember.
Hats off to a top 5 all-time American patriot. Right there with Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln, in my eyes! :ymapplause:

The marker does look new. When we were there it was barely readable. I'm glad it's either new or cleaned. All the hero's deserve that dignity.


Yes Betty, you're right, now that I fully recall. I couldn't believe the gravestone. It was very plain looking and almost illegible. And this was only a year or two after the tragic accident that took his life.
I do have a suspicion that Audie, himself, requested this rather plain gravestone. An extremely humble hero. http://forum.cloud.static-files.com/vb4 ... owdown.gif
Yes, this new one is much, much better.


I remember poking around the archival version of Richard's guestbook, and seeing some comments, perhaps a couple years old or more, complaining about how shabby Murphy's tombstone was looking and how the commenter planned to write to their congressman or something about it, so maybe that's what triggered it.


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 Post subject: Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:23 pm 
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Betty wrote:
MY HERO SINCE 1955 wrote:
My family was there in 1972, or '73. The gravestone looks renewed to me? Much darker lettering than I can remember.
Hats off to a top 5 all-time American patriot. Right there with Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln, in my eyes! :ymapplause:

The marker does look new. When we were there it was barely readable. I'm glad it's either new or cleaned. All the hero's deserve that dignity.


Resurrecting an old post, but I have been told and recently confirmed it that Arlington only replaces headstones on two occasions.
The first is if a name has to be added to the headstone. The second is if the original was damaged and could not be restored.
What the staff does all the time is steam clean the stones and it brings back the original finish.
This apparently is done periodically, I assume by section.
But they never replace headstones unless again they have to add a name (joint burial at a later date) or for example storm damage. The original headstone is then destroyed.

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