Martin C. Evans

Freeport war dead database updated

In War casualty archive on January 2, 2010 at 11:01 am

Don Schultz has expanded on his trove of information about Freeport’s war dead.

Two years ago, the former Freeport resident built a spreadsheet listing 139 village residents who perished in war, including where and how they died, and where they are buried. His research was added to the collection at the Freeport library.

The Freeport Library has included research on Freeport's war dead compiled by Don Schultz, a former resident living in Florida.

But the Florida retiree has continued to update his work as more troops are identified and new information on their fates has continued to trickle in from their relatives, former neighbors, classmates or other interested parties.

He recently e-mailed the following note to tipsters who have helped him:

“Thank you (all 44 of you) for making this a good year. We have a photo of 99 memorials or headstone out of the 139 deceased Freeport war veterans. We are working to get 9 other photo’s which will bring the Grand Total to 108. Good Job !! If anybody would care for a photo of any of the 99 photo’s just give a holler.”

Schultz, who welcomes suggestions, can be reached by e-mail at: dhschultzfhs52@comcast.net

He is currently looking for info on Frank De Mase, a WWII soldier who died at 21 of a skin disease he got while serving in North Africa. He found an obit of De Mase, who lived at 13 West Dean Street in Freeport, in the Brooklyn Eagle.

He is also trying to find out more about two Marines who were killed in Vietnam, but who he believes were buried at private Long Island cemeteries he cannot locate. They are Pfc Gary W. Thornlow, DOD 4/20/1969, and and Pfc Harold Snyder Jr. DOD 8/1/1967. Snyder’s family moved to Brooklyn NYwhile Harold was in the service.


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