"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 28 Sept 2000

Nimitz Symposium: The Hell Ships of World War II

On Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000, in honor of Veteran’s Day, the Admiral Nimitz Museum will hold a Symposium entitled, “The Hell ship Experience – Voyages of Infamy.” The Symposium will feature “speakers who endured the horrific conditions aboard the ships which were used to transport prisoners” of war by the Japanese during World War II.

According to Japanese records, of the 55,000 POWs shipped, 10,500 died at sea. Many of these deaths were attributed to Allied fire because the ships were not marked.

Among the speakers will be Morris Shoss, one of the 82 (out of 750) POWs who survived the sinking of the SHINYO MARU which was torpedoed by the USS PADDLE. Other speakers will include: Kyle Thompson, who served with the “Lost Battalion” and endured two hell ships; Joe Alexander, the youngest U.S. POW in World War II (he was 14 when he enlisted) and was transported aboard the TATORU MARU; and Roy Bodine, who survived the hell ships, the ORYOKU MARU and the BRAZIL MARU.

The Symposium will take place in the Ballroom of the Admiral Nimitz Museum. The cost is $15 for non-members of the museum and $10 for members. Seating will be limited so be sure to register early. For further information, call (830) 997-4379, ext. 228 or visit museum’s website at: http://www.nimitz-museum.org or e-mail Helen McDonald, Curator of Exhibits and Programs at: helen@nimitz-museum.org.

World War II Veterans to be Interviewed

On Oct. 21 & 22, 2000, the Nimitz Museum will be conducting a “Lone Star Legacy Weekend” interviewers to record the stories of World War II veterans. Interviewers will be present to record veteran’s memories and copy photographs for placement in the museum’s oral history archives.

All former military personnel from all theaters of action, nurses, civil defense workers, Rosie-the-Riveters during World War II are included in the project. Appointments to participate can be made by calling: (830) 997-4379. Additionally, there will be FREE admission to the museum on both days.


On Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, the Shuffield/Sheffield Family will hold its Annual Family Reunion at Bea's Kitchen, 101 East Main Street (across the street from the Milam County Courthouse) in Cameron, Texas from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Lunch will be catered at $5.00 per plate. Our family genealogist, Lynna Kay Shuffield will be attending with her computer to discuss our family heritage.

For more information or to make reservations, contact: Betty Shuffield Angell at RR 2, Box 25, Cameron, Texas 76520 or telephone: 254/697-4806. If you need motel reservations, contact the Varsity Inn at telephone: 254/697-6446.

HENRY/DAVIS Family Reunion

On Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, the Descendants of William Paschal Henry, Sr. and Josephine Wingfield Henry (nee: Davis) will hold its Third Annual Henry-Davis Family Reunion at the Rockdale Christian Church Fellowship Hall located at 1406 Sager in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas. A catered lunch will be available at the reunion for $6.00 per person (early reservations appreciated). Feel free to bring snack foods and dessert items to add to the catered meal.

Organizers for the 2000 reunion will once again be Dale Henry, Monica Landi, Carla Schomburg and Heather Williams. For more information contact: Vickie Everhart, 221 Overlook, Red Oak, TX 75154 or e-mail: vpeverhart@aol.com or Heather Williams at e-mail: hhwilliams@ev1.net.

Internet Tip – Harris County Voter Registration On-Line

You can now search for anyone registered to vote in Harris County, Texas by visiting the website of the Harris County Tax-Assessor’s Office at: http://www.tax.co.harris.tx.us/. Click on “VOTER REGISTRATION” bar on left-hand side of screen and then select “SEARCH VOTER DATABASE.” You are able to search by voter name or address.

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Academy/2670/ COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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