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Subject: USS Mellette

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Date Posted: 03:58:24 09/07/08 Sun

I recently had the great honor to be called upon to arrange the military funeral for a distant cousin whom I'd never met before, but only knew about through family discussions.

His name was Marvin Ravinsky and I know he was onboard the USS Mellette during his WW2 wartime service, because I found a card that mentioned it among his belongings after he died.

I have created an online memorial for him at <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.findagrave.com">http://www.findagrave.com</a> if anyone would like to visit it and leave memorial notes. <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mred&MSid=46507071&MREid=46507071">http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mred&MSid=46507071&MREid=46507071</a>

Marvin passed away on August 12, 2008. His funeral was on August 18th.

He lived a very sad, impoverished life after his wartime service, something I found out about after the hospital found me in the phone book as the only person locally still bearing his surname. I did my best to help make up for it by making sure he got the military honors he deserved, when he passed away (which happened only a week or so after I first met him!)

God bless you for what you are doing to keep alive the stories of these brave men who served. I am 48 years old and feel a duty to keep the memories alive of the Greatest Generation, of which my late parents were also a part.

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CorrectionAnnette03:59:46 09/07/08 Sun
All veterans must be honored, regardless of what it takes!Annette16:45:04 09/07/08 Sun

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