Since it is 11/11, I wanted to post a military grave photo today. Welcome to Taphophile Tragics — and please do post your own links. It’s always nice to see where other people are taking photographs. So, thank you for visiting!
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My photo today comes from Elmwood Cemetery in River Grove, Illinois. This marker caught my eye because it mentions World War II and The Black Panthers.
Looking for Mr. Calamus, I found him on the 1940 census, where he listed as being employed as a machinist, married to Calleen, and with sons James and Lewis. His enlistment record shows that he enlisted on March 24, 1944 and was released on November 21, 1945.
I looked up the Black Panthers, and because Mr. Calamus was in the U.S. Army, I am thinking he was in the 66th Infantry Division, which had a campaign in northern France. I found information on this division on this page, as well as a Wikipedia entry. There was also a tank battalion called the Black Panthers, but since that was made up primarily of African-American soldiers, and on the census, Mr. Calamus’ race is listed as White, I thought he was perhaps in the 66th Infrantry Division. However, I wasn’t able to find much information about Mr. Calamus on Ancestry.com, so I’m not sure.