I posted this message below in the other message boards. I want to try to reach as many people as possible.
I hope that someone out there can help us! My in-laws live in France. They have a friend nearby that has a bracelet given to her as an infant, day after she was born, by a US Serviceman. She was born on June 12,1944.
This serviceman, along with another man, had their plane shot down nearby the baby's grandfather's farm a few days after the baby was born. The grandparents took the two Americans in and hid them from the Germans. Both men were wounded and a doctor came to attend to their wounds (I would assume that he was given some medal &/or Purple Heart!). One of the servicemen gave the family the bracelet to give to the baby....to say thank you for taking them in. That baby is of course a full grown woman now. She has rediscovered the bracelet again and wishes to return it to the family of
the American serviceman.
What my husband and I have discovered:
All we knew about the bracelet were the initials on the front (Z E B). There is a patent number, where I found the original patent online. I was able to confirm that this was indeed an American made bracelet. There was another number on the bracelet.....it turned out to be Z.E.B.'s service
We now have a name to this man because of his service number:
Zachariah Edward Bishop
What we know:
Zachariah Edward Bishop was born to George E Bishop & Emma Woods in Massachusetts, June 25,1912. He has an older half-sister named Clara M Bishop.
We know his social security number. We know that his last residence was in Van Nuys, Los Angeles county, CA. He died May 3, 1966.
He was buried at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA . He is in Section A-F Site 788 and interred on May 9, 1966.
His military record:
He enlisted in the US Army from 1941-1945. He was a Private First Class - Infantry.
All of the above information we were able to get from Veteran's Affairs, National Archives, Ancestry.Com, Family Search, and the Cemetery website.
Soooooo.......We need help in locating this man's family! We don't have information about marriage or children...any next of kin. That is our priority. It would also be interesting to find out what Army unit he was in because he was an infantry (US Army) guy in an aircraft (US Army Air Corps) in the Loire Valley area. A bit of a mystery there.
I contacted the Cemetery to see if there are family members we could contact? They shot me down and said that due to privacy reasons they cannot give me information. I asked if I could leave a message and they said no. My husband was considering contacting the National Archives for military records....but found out that between 1912-1959 that 80% of the military personnel records had been destroyed by a fire in 1973. We'll still try.
I heard about contacting the local VFW in Zachariah's last known address (Van Nuys - got a disconnect number). I am going to try a VFW Post in another city in Los Angeles and in San Diego.
I filled out a form and sent a check to request a Death Certificate a few days ago.
Anyone have any thoughts on where to go to next? Do any of the Bishop family members listed above sound familiar? Any help would be appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
Eileen & Pat