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

George “Germany” Smith

George 'Germany' Smith, Calvary Cemetery, Altoona I finished paying my respects to Medal of Honor recipient John Hickman, before turning my attention toward another notable person who rests within the borders of Altoona's Calvary Cemetery. Knowing he was buried in the same section as Hickman, my father and I spread out to search the stones … Continue reading George “Germany” Smith

Medal of Honor: Robert E Cox

Robert Cox, Rose Hill Cemetery Entering Rose Hill Cemetery, I immediately noted the cemetery's most famous burial - Hedda Hopper - was now marked with a simple sign pointing the way to her grave. Note: more about Hedda can be found here: Hedda Hopper. I passed her burial location and drove towards the rear of … Continue reading Medal of Honor: Robert E Cox

Medal of Honor: John Hickman

John Hickman, Calvary Cemetery, Altoona I entered the sacred grounds of Altoona's Calvary Cemetery to seek one of the region's most notable figures. I drove past local leaders and sports figures who I would visit later so I could pay my respects to a man who was honored for his bravery. I made my way … Continue reading Medal of Honor: John Hickman

Medal of Honor: Harry Harr

Harry Harr, Alto Reste, Altoona After honoring the bravery and sacrifice of Glenn English, Jr, I crossed the roadway and walked down the hillside to where my father was wandering among the stones of Alto Reste Cemetery. He was searching for the grave of the young man whose sacrifice in World War Two saved his … Continue reading Medal of Honor: Harry Harr