I was in the US Navy in 1951-1954 with Darrel Bates. He was my best buddy and we served together 3-1/2 years. I even visited with his family on their farm near Houlton in 1954 while stationed at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. We parted and I went home to Kentucky. He went home to Maine. In 1982 I learned he had died about 1981. I later learned his two sons also died very young, as did Darrell's father. I find them listed in Evergreen Cemetery at www findagrave.com..
Can anyone tell me the circumstances of these deaths. It appears none of the male members of the family lived past 50 years of age.