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Old May 27, 2007, 1:29 PM   #1
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I visited a Maritime Cemetery with an interesting history early this morning. Got plenty of the shots with fields of crosses decorated with flags, but the shot I like best was a happening with a cooperative bird.
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Old May 27, 2007, 2:37 PM   #2
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Nice shot.......................musket
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Old May 27, 2007, 3:45 PM   #3
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Thank you, musket. Good thing the bird came along or I would have posted this:
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Old May 27, 2007, 3:54 PM   #4
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Old May 27, 2007, 5:24 PM   #5
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Thanks for commenting, hercules.
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Old May 28, 2007, 12:06 PM   #6
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I visited a Maritime Cemetery with an interesting history...
Not fair, JDar... won't you please tell us some of it?

Nice photo, btw.
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Old May 28, 2007, 12:38 PM   #7
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flippedgazelle, I really appreciate your looking and commenting. I'll have to post some more explanatory pictures and a brief narrative since you asked.

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Old May 28, 2007, 2:09 PM   #8
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How did a Maritime cemetery wind up in landlocked New Mexico?
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In 1859 Congress established Fort Stanton in Lincoln County, NM to protect early settler from attacks by Mescalero Apaches. One of the groups of soldiers at Fort Stanton were the famous "Buffalo Soldiers," Black American Army men so termed by the Apaches.

A little way from the Fort one encounters an unusual cemetery inscribed "In Memory of the Men and Women of the American Merchant Marine." After the Indian wars and World War I the first U. S. Public Health Service Hospital of its kind was established at the Fort for merchant seamen with TB who needed the dry climate thought to be beneficial in the treatment of tuberculosis. Many mariners of many different countries are buried in the cemetery.
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During WW II the Fort hosted the crew of the German luxury liner Columbus (shelled by the British in 1939 and prior to American's entry to the war. The Germans scuttled the ship and the crew was picked up by Americans.) Four of the crew did not survive the war and were buried far away in a corner of the cemetery. Another German became an American citizen, served in the merchant marine during WW II, and is buried alongside (in 2003) his countrymen and in the grave decorated with the American flag.

In 1952 effective drugs for tuberculosis were developed and there was no longer a need to maintain the Fort as a Public Health Hospital. It was turned over to the state of New Mexico and now serves as a state hospital and minimum security/drug rehabilitation prison.
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