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Updated: September 18, 2018

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UPDATE (8/21/16)[Webmaster: I received this email and share it with you to show the connections that are possible with

Hello Sir,
My name is Brian McCall and I am a first cousin of John McCall. Upon his sister Madelyn's death last year, stories of John's military service were relatively unknown in the family. After his tragic but heroic death, contact with his family faded away. I was only 8 years old when he passed but do remember staying at his house in Jacksonville in early 1961. His daughter Barbara is 3 years younger than me.

I saw on your website that Barbara recently contacted you. Would it be possible to forward her my email address in hopes I can reconnect with her.

John McCall was the best and brightest of our generation of first cousins. I often have wondered what he would accomplished in his lifetime.

Thank you for your website. And thank you to all these veterans who served our country and sacrificed their life and families for it.

Brian McCall

[webmaster: I eventually got the above email to Barbara and her response is below:]

Ken…all I can say is I have goosebumps! This is such a wonderful gift to receive. Brian and I were very close as kids growing up and, unfortunately, my mother took us in different directions than our McCall ancestors. I plan to reach out to him when I finish this email to you. My thanks for following up on this.

Reading an original letter from my Dad was so special. I will truly appreciate having the originals once you have scanned them into the VFP62 website. [Webmaster: She is referring to original Det 60-63 Newsletters contributed by Eugene Sones being posted to "VFP-62 Memorabilia.] You truly are doing something remarkable in volunteering your time and so much effort into keeping so many memories alive. Would it be possible to contact Mr. Sonnes via email to communicate directly with him. As I have stated previously, I have so few personal mementoes from my Dad, written or verbal. Any morsel is a gift to me.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for reaching out to me and putting me in touch with my past. You are my hero! My sincerest regards….. Barb

[Webmaster: Lt. Cdr. was killed doing an airshow aboard the USS Saratoga in 1964 and his memorial is on our "In Memoriam" page. Anyone having a personal memory of the man, please contact me and I'll forward it to Barbara. An alternative: I can provide her email address for direct contact.]

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