Recently I wrote about visiting the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City N.Y., and not only was it a great time, but I also got to talking to a really nice volunteer. I was very fortunate to bump into Rob, and got to talking about the Navy F4F-3 Wildcat on display. Inquiring if he had served himself, he stated he served in the Army just after the Korean War. After we both got to sharing a little bit about serving in the military, I mentioned to Rob about www.TransitioningVeteran.com I created to help fellow veterans. Rob then blew me away when he tells me about a project he has been working on for years as well.
It’s not too often you meet someone like Rob Farrell (A Veteran who served in the 50’s), but who has been working on finding every Civil War veteran who has been buried here in Suffolk County Long Island. Rob runs the Huntington Civil War Indexing Project, whose mission is to hopefully record over 3000 graves of Civil War veterans, or better yet find them all.
After speaking to Rob that day, I told my Fiance who was with me on the trip that this is the reason why I enjoy being a veteran. The moment Rob and I learned we were both veterans, our conversation changed to talking as if we were old military buddies. To my surprise, days later at work I received a letter in the mail, and like 1950’s fashion I pulled out a hand written letter. The letter was from Rob, and in addition to the letter he sent me a copy of the Civil War veterans with last names ending in A’s and their dispositions that he has recorded so far.
If you know of any Civil War veterans buried in Suffolk County Long Island N.Y., be sure to get in touch with Rob, he’ll talk your ear off and he’ll be so thankful for contacting him.
I’ll always make time to speak to our older veterans, the stories they have are stories that are fading, but just like Rob I hope to keep their stories alive. And just like old fashion, I will be writing a hand written letter back to Rob along with a copy of what I wrote here. Stay tuned as I hope to eventually someday, meet back up with Rob and get an update on the Civil War Indexing Project.