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

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