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George Phillip Lamb, Atomic Veteran

From Wikipedia:
Atomic veterans are United States military veterans who were exposed to ionizing radiation while stationing in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the American occupation of Japan before 1946 (including certain veterans who were prisoners of war there) and thousands of servicemen who took part in atmospheric nuclear tests (1945-1962)...

...A formal investigation of the radiation exposure these veterans received, as well as radiation experiments conducted on humans, was initiated in 1994, by former President Bill Clinton, who apologized for their treatment in 1995. "In 1996, the U.S. Congress repealed the Nuclear Radiation Secrecy Agreement Act, which rescinded the Atomic Veteran “oath-of-secrecy,” thus allowing Atomic-Veterans the opportunity to recount stories of their participation in Nuclear weapon testing and post test event activities, without legal penalty. By this time,however, many thousands of Atomic Veterans, the majority of whom were affl…

Final Scenes from St. Paul's Graveyard (Mostly Wordless Wednesday)

Here are some final scenes from my 2013 visit to St. Paul's Church and Graveyard in Augusta, Georgia.

More Church Photos.

More information on Fort Augusta.

Mary and James Nesbitt, Mother and Son

In Memory of
the Wife of
who departed this life the
8th Day of December
A.D. 1802
in the 25th Year of her age.

their Son
who died the 7th Day of January
A.D. 1803
Aged 7 weeks & 2 Days
I'll bet some childbirth issues were involved.

St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia

In Memory of Maria, Wife of Samuel Gregory Starr

A quick search at GenealogyBank revealed a death notice for Maria that was run in a few Connecticut newspapers. This notice gave us her husband's middle name:

Connecticut Herald (New Haven, Connecticut)
9 December 1817, pg. 3
In Augusta, (Geo.) Mrs. Maria Starr, wife of Mr. Gregory Starr, late of Danbury, and daughter of Mr. Ebenezer R. White.One other note: The three blocks of art carved near the top of Maria's tombstone provide a bit of symbolism. In between what I would call daisies is a weeping willow draping over an urn. According to Stories in Stone by Douglas Keister, "The willow and urn motif was one of the most popular gravestone decorations of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries." The willow not only represents grief and sorrow, but also immortality.

(Image from) St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia

Robert Mitchell Sunk Under His Disease at Augusta

to the Memory of
of Queens County in New York
who died March 22nd 1808 [9?],
in his 32nd Year.

He left his home in search
of health, but sunk under his
disease at Augusta.

St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia

The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"

So I answered, "O Lord God, You know."

Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!' Thus says the Lord God to these bones: 'Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live...'" (Ezekiel 37:1-5, NKJV)