Tag Archive | World War II

Grandpa’s Best Friend


I have old box of pictures from my Grandma’s house. Some of the pictures, she gave me a little bit of info with. In this set is my Grandfather Oscar Rowan Lindsay, his mother Edith Basham Lindsay and his best friend Bob Scroder.

This is what my Grandma wrote “Oscar’s best friend’s name was Bob Schroder and he was killed in World War II serving the Canadian Army..”

Bob and his mother

Bob and his mother 1942

Bob 2

Back of the photo says: Bob Schoroder in Stratford, Ontario, Canada; was killed in WWII

Bob 4

Oscar’s mother, Edith Lindsay, Oscar and Bob’s mother

Bob 5

Oscar’s mother, Edith Lindsay, Bob and Bob’s mother

Bob and GGrandma

Edith Lindsay and Bob

Oscar and Bob 2

Bob, unknown female and Oscar

Oscar and Bob

Oscar and Bob

unknown

Unknown Female

Bob 1

Unknown

If anyone has any idea who these people are please let me know. I would love to get these pictures back to Bob’s family.

Happy Searching!

SueAnn

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Tombstone Tuesday – Bernard McKnight


Bernard McKnight
12 Aug 1924 – 13 Sep 1977

My grandfather Bernard McKnight was born on 12 Aug 1924 and died on 13 Sep 1977. Other than a few random facts I know little about my Grandpa Bernie. He served in World War II enlisting 28 Apr 1943 and on 24 Jan 1946 he was released from military duty. In 1947, he was living on Cherry Lane in Pontiac, Michigan with Henry and Beatrice McKnight. In 1949 he and Bernice Mansfield McKnight had the first of their 3 sons, Ronald. In April of 1950 came Raymond Alton (my daddy) and in 1953, Rickey James came along. Sometime after my Uncle Rick was born, Bernice left Bernard and their boys and moved out-of-state.

Bernard McKnight

When we visited Michigan in 2010, we visited Bernie’s grave at Perry Mt. Park Cemetery in Pontiac, Michigan. This is the information we received from the cemetery office.

Bernard McKnight’s cemetery record

And a map of the cemetery:

Perry Mt. Park Cemetery Pontiac, Michigan. Bernard is buried in the veteran’s section.

I’m hoping when the 1940 census comes out I can find out more information about Bernie and the rest of the McKnight family. If you would like to know more about transcribing the 1940 census please go to this link 1940 Census Volunteer.

Happy searching!

SueAnn

Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.