The Battle Of Frankstown

Memorial for the Battle of Frankstown, Altoona It was raining. The forecast had called for a cool, beautiful, sunny day but my trip to Altoona was cold, rainy and dreary. I was driving along Route 764, headed towards Duncansville, when the stone monument caught my attention. With traffic, I did not have time to stop, … Continue reading The Battle Of Frankstown

Robert “Bob” Ramazzotti

Robert Ramazzotti, Calvary Cemetery, Altoona I finished paying my respects to Thomas "Tommy" Irwin and walked back toward the vehicle. Though I knew I had a number of graves to visit on this trip, I knew there was another baseball player who rested close to Irwin’s resting place. Note: more about Irwin can be found … Continue reading Robert “Bob” Ramazzotti

Thomas “Tommy” Irwin

Thomas "Tommy" Irwin, Calvary Cemetery, Altoona “Weren't we here a couple weeks ago?” mom asked as I turned through the gates of Altoona’s Calvary Cemetery. “Yes,” I responded. That particular visit we had stopped to visit the grave of John Hickman, a Medal of Honor recipient, and George “Germany” Smith, a baseball player. Note: More … Continue reading Thomas “Tommy” Irwin

In the Line of Duty: Private Floyd Clouse

Private Floyd Clouse, Alto Reste, Altoona I finished paying my respects to the Medal of Honor recipient Harry Harr and made my way back to the vehicle. Although I have distant relations buried in Alto Reste Cemetery, this was the first time I had ever stopped to visit the sacred grounds. Note: more about the … Continue reading In the Line of Duty: Private Floyd Clouse

In the Line of Duty: William Stephens

The resting place of William Stephens, Calvary Cemetery, Altoona Altoona's Calvary Cemetery had a much different look to it when I entered it just days after Memorial Day. Unlike the previous visits, this time the cemetery was decorated by flags marking the graves of those who served our country. Before visiting the graves that brought … Continue reading In the Line of Duty: William Stephens

In the Line of Duty: The Murder of William Whiteman

William Whiteman, Rose Hill Cemetery, Altoona I had finished paying my respects to Robert Cox, a Medal of Honor recipient, before scanning the nearby stones for another grave I sought within the borders of Rose Hill Cemetery. I knew the grave was close to Robert Cox's burial site and I studied the stones as I … Continue reading In the Line of Duty: The Murder of William Whiteman