Bertha Mae {Davidson} Howard was a sister to my husband’s great-grandfather, Clyde Cleveland Davidson.



In Memory of
Born: September 7, 1894
Passed Away: December 19, 1968

Saturday, December 21, 1968, 2:00 p.m.
Congregational Church
Tonganoxie, Kansas

Dr. Emil T. Pietz

Mrs. Frances Myers

Truth Rebecca Lodge No. 266

Hubbel Hill Cemetery
Tonganoxie, Kansas

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My mom’s wedding dress sits in the cedar chest in her room.  I remember when I was kid (maybe 10 years old?), I tried it on and she took a picture of me in it.

When we were home this past August, we pulled it out and my two oldest daughters tried it on.


It kind of scares me that it almost fits them.  I don’t feel old enough to have daughters this big!!

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My Papa served as a Marine aboard the USS Cabot during WWII. This is a commendation he received for his service while they were under attack.

U.S.S. Cabot
c/o Fleet Post Office
San Francisco, California,
5 December 1944.


From: The Commanding Officer
To: THORNTON, Alphonso James, Jr. (871916) Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Subject: Commendation

1. You are hereby commended for service as set forth in the following


, while
“For outstanding service and meritorious conduct as a member of the crew of the U.S.S. CABOT on 25 November 1944, off the west coast of the Philippines while this vessel was under attack by Japanese aircraft. During and after a heavy aerial assault he displayed unusual ability, skill, and untiring devotion to duty which contributed to the defense of the ship, quick repair of damage, and aid to the wounded, thus assisting in restoring the ship to a state of highest possible efficiency. His loyalty and devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

2. A copy of this commendation will be filed with your service record and a suitable notation made therein.

{signed} S.J. Michael
CC: Service Record

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