World War II

Kenneth William Mellor 1918–1981

Second Cousin Twice Removed

Kenneth William Mellor was born on Jun. 25, 1918. Kenneth passed away on Dec. 18, 1981 at age 63. He was buried in Metairie, Louisiana.

Branch: USMC Rank: TSgt

Charles Andrews Lockwood 1890–1967

Seventh Cousin Five Times Removed

Charles Andrews Lockwood was born on May 6, 1890 in Midland, Virginia. Charles married Phyllis Natalie Irwin. He passed away on Jun. 6, 1967 in Los Gatos, California at age 77. He was buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California.

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Vol. IV. 1969. 131. Web.
Charles Andrews Lockwood was born in Midland, Va., 6 May 1890, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in the class of 1912. Following brief cruises in Mississippi and Arkansas, and a short tour as instructor in the Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, in September 1914 he reported to the tender Mohican for indoctrination in submarines. By 1 December of that year he had his first submarine command, A–2, followed by B–1. American entry into World War I found him in command of 1st Submarine Division, Asiatic Fleet. From that time, with the exception of a tour on the Asiatic station where he commanded gunboats Quiros and El Cano on the Yangtze Patrol and the destroyer Smith Thompson, practically all his sea service was in and connected with submarines. In addition to those listed above are added G–1, N–5, UC–97 (ex-German), R–25, S–14, and Bonita.
In June 1939 he became Chief of Staff to Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Fleet, in cruiser Richmond. This important service was interrupted in February 1941 when he was sent to London as naval attaché and principal observer for submarines. Following promotion to rear admiral in March 1942 he proceeded to west Australia as Commander, Submarines, Southwest Pacific. In February 1943, he was transferred to Pearl Harbor to become Commander, Submarines, Pacific Fleet, in which capacity he served the rest of the war, being promoted to vice admiral in October 1943. Under his guidance and inspiration in these two commands, U.S. submarines overcame torpedo and other difficulties to destroy the Japanese Merchant Marine and cripple the Imperial Navy. His wartime awards were the Distinguished Service Medal and two gold stars in lieu of second and third awards, and the Legion of Merit. After the war he served as Inspector General of the Navy until his retirement in June 1947.
In retirement at Los Gatos, Calif., he wrote and co-authored best selling books on naval history and submarine operations until his death 7 June 1967.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.
Branch Rank
USN Vice Admiral

Jonas Mansfield Platt 1919–2000

Cousin (10)

Jonas Mansfield Platt was born on Sep. 21, 1919. Jonas married Nina Fernandez. He passed away on Jul. 28, 2000 in Sterling, Virginia at age 80. He was buried in Arlington, Virginia.

Branch: USMC Rank: Major General

Pauline Frances Scholz Lombardi

Vivian Lee Sellman's name was changed to Pauline Frances Scholz on Jun. 12, 1923 in Arkansas. Pauline was baptized on Jun. 23, 1923 at a Lutheran church in Roanoke, Virginia. She married at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church. She was rebaptized on May 17, 1947 at St. Andrew's. She was buried on Mar. 19, 2016.

Branch: USNR Rating: YN1

Lombardi, Gate of Heaven Cemetery. 2016.

The Adoption of Vivian Lee Selman. Garland County Probate Court. 12 June 1923. Web.
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the 12th day of June, 1923 the same being an adjourned day of the regular April, 1923 term of the Garland County Probate Court present and presiding the Hon. Chas. H. Davis Judge, when the following proceedings among others were had to-wit:
On this day is presented to the Court the petition of Walter Scholz and Yetta Scholz, husband and wife, duly verified, for the adoption of Vivian Lee Selman, residing in Hot Springs in Garland County, Arkansas, of the age of nine months. And also appeared before the court in open session Eva Lee Selman, the mother of the said Vivian Lee Selman, and consented to the adoption of the said Vivian Lee Selman by said Walter Scholz and Yetta Scholz; and also appeared in open court T. H. Akers and J. J. Window, who being duly sworn, testified that Carl B. Selman, the father of said Vivian Lee Selman, is living, but that his post-office address and whereabouts are unknown.
And it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that it will be for the best interests of said Vivian Lee Selman that she be adopted by the said Walter Scholz and Yetta Scholz, and Eva Lee Selman, mother of the said Vivian Lee Selman, consent thereto, and it further appearing to the Court that the post-office address and present whereabouts of Carl B. Selman, father of the said Vivian Lee Selman, are unknown, it is therefore considered, ordered and adjudged by the court that the said Walter Scholz and Yetta Scholz be and they are hereby authorized to adopt the said Vivian Lee Selman, who shall henceforth take the name of Pauline Frances Scholz, and shall be entitled to and shall receive all rights and interests in the estate of the said Walter Scholz and Yetta Scholz by descent, or otherwise, that she would have if the natural heir of said Walter Scholz and Yetta Scholz, and the said Walter Scholz and Yetta Scholz shall henceforward occupy the same position towards the said Vivian Lee Selman that they would if the natural father and mother of the said Vivian Lee Selman, and be liable for the maintenance and education, and in every other way responsible as the natural father and mother of the said Vivian Lee Selman, it is further ordered that petitioners pay all costs of this proceeding.

Colorado. Deaths. 2016. Web.
01 Name: Pauline Frances Lombardi
02 Sex: Female
03 Death Date: March 12
05 Age: 93
06 Birth Date: Sep 7, 1922
07 Birth Place: Bowie County, TX
08 US Armed Forces: Yes
09 Death Place: Crossroads Senior Living, Northglenn, Adams County
11 Marital Status: Widowed
12 Spouse: Gerardo Joseph Lombardi
17 Father: Walter Scholz
18 Mother: Yetta Haney
19 Son: Walter Lombardi
20 Disposition: Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Abuquerque, NM
23 Death Time: 1:20 AM
33 Cause A: Congestive Heart Failure
33 Cause B: Chronic Renal Insufficiency
33 Cause C: Hypertension
34 Autopsy: No

Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy. Corpus Christi, 1946. Web.
This is to certify that Pauline Frances Scholz a Yeoman 1c(T), V-10, USNR is Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas and from the Naval Service of the United States this 11th day of January 1946
This certificate is awarded as a Testimonial of Fidelity and Obedience.

Texas. Births. 1922. Ancestry. Web.
01 City: Texarkana
01 County: Bowie
03 Sex: Female
06 Father: Carl Sellman
08 Age: 27
09 Birth Place: Kentucky
10 Occupation: Boiler Maker
11 Children Born to Mother: 4
11 Children Now Living: 3
12 Legitimate: Yes
13 Date: September 7
14 Mother: Eva House
16 Age: 25
17 Birth Place: Alabama
18 Occupation: House Wife
19 Time: 7:45 PM

Joseph McKune 1910–1989

Second Cousin Five Times Removed

Joseph McKune was born on Dec. 15, 1910 in Binghamton, New York. Joseph passed away on May 15, 1989 in Colorado Springs, Colorado at age 78. He was buried in the Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.

Branch: USA Rank: SFC

Charles Frederick Mellor 1928–1991

Second Cousin Thrice Removed

Charles Frederick Mellor was born on Dec. 1, 1928 in Oklahoma. Charles passed away on Nov. 23, 1991 at age 62. He was buried in Oklahoma.

Branch: USA Rank: PFC

Merwin Everett Mellor 1926–2014

Second Cousin Twice Removed

Merwin Everett Mellor passed away on Feb. 27, 2014 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He was buried in La Crosse.

Branch: USN

William John Champion

Maternal Grandfather

William John Champion passed away at home.

Branch: USAAF Rank: TSgt

Champion, Arvada Cemetery. 2011.

"Biographical Note." Stanley E. Morse Architectural Records. Denver Public Library. Web.
William J. Champion received his B.S. in architecture and planning from the University of Denver (1952). He first worked as an engineering draftsman for Gardner-Denver, Colorado (1938-1941) before wartime service as an aerial photographer and photographic laboratory chief with the Army Air Corps (1941-1945). Like Dion, Champion also worked for a number of different architectural firms in Colorado (including Stanley E. Morse, 1959-1960), as a draftsman, field supervisor or designer before joining with Morse and Dion as a full partner in 1963. The architectural offices for Morse, Dion & Champion were once located in a building that Morse had designed and constructed at 526 Cherokee Street, Denver, Colorado. The practice closed after Morse's death in 1968.

Champion, William J. MS.
Technical Sergeant, William J. Champion 2084282 formerly of 135 Cedar st. (5707 Saulsbury) Arvada, enlisted as a private, May 3, 1939, in the 120th Observation Squadron (U.S. Army Air Corps) Colorado National Guard. This unit was inducted into Federal Service Jan 5, 1941 and attached to the 1st Cavalry Division*, Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas where the unit was stationed at near by Biggs Field. By mid 1942 a large new base was completed and Biggs Field became a 2nd Air Force B-24 base under the 1st Bomber Command. The 120th was reorganised and Champion was transferred to the 306th Air Base Squadron where he became Chief of the Base Photographic Section. Duties consisted of both aerial and ground photography, simulated camera bombing, bomb spotting and aerial gunnery as well as administrative duties consistent with the function of an Air Force Photographic unit, primarily a 3rd phase bombing and gun-camera training facility. Except for brief periods of detached service, Champion remained in this assignment throughout the war, honourably discharged in Oct. 1945 he returned to Arvada. In spring of 1946 Champion was the first student to enroll in the School of Architecture of the University of Denver, continued his service and served for two years in the post war Air National Guard stationed at Buckley Field.
*the only remaining fully horse mounted Cavalry Division in the Army

Champion, William John. 1995. MS.
It was, at times, a crazy war, even in Arvada. In the spring of 1941 Champion received a somewhat stern letter, addressed to; Corporal William John Champion, 120th Obs. Sqdn., U. S. Air Corps, Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas, from The Arvada Draft Board. The letter demanded an explanation as to why subject “Corporal” had failed to register for the draft. A somewhat amused and bewildered Corporal obtained the First Sergeant’s permission to take the matter up with his Commanding Officer, Col. Harrison Wellman, who ordered that the letter be “disposed of in an appropriate manner.” Champion smartly saluted with a tongue-in-cheek “Yes Sir, thank you Sir.” The order was carried out with considerable ceremony and traditional Air Corps elan, the details of which are best left to the imagination of the reader.
P. S. Looking back over those fifty-four years I often wish I had saved that letter.

Colorado. Deaths. 2011. Print.
01 Name: William J. Champion
02 Sex: Male
03 Death Date: July 6
05 Age: 94
06 Birth Date: Dec. 31, 1916
07 Birth Place: Arvada, Colorado
08 US Armed Forces: Yes
09 Death Place: 9161 West 66th Avenue, Arvada, Jefferson County
10 Occupation: Architect
11 Marital Status: Widowed
12 Spouse: Nellie Garlick
17 Father: Richard J. Champion
18 Mother: Laura Jolly
19 Granddaughter: Jane Wright-Fair
20 Burial: Arvada Cemetery, Arvada, Colorado
23 Death Time: 9:30 AM
34 Cause A: Heart Failure
34 Cause B: Critical Aortic Stenosis
34 Cause C: Hypertension & Coronary Artery Disease
35 Autopsy: No

Feiss, Carl. Letter. 25 Aug. 1948. MS. University of Denver, Colorado.
Dear Mr. Champion:
I am very pleased to be able to inform you that after having examined your academic records and your letters of recommendation, we shall be very happy to accept you as a regular student in the School of Architecture and Planning and to have you enroll for the Freshman class of 1948-49. I am informing the Office of Admissions of this. We look forward to having you register with us in September 1948.

Feiss, Carl. Letter. 29 Jan. 1946. MS. University of Denver, Colorado.
Dear Mr. Champion:
Your letter indicating an interest in receiving architectural training and work toward an architectural degree has been received, and is greatly appreciated.
It is only through such letters as yours that it will be possible for us at the University of Denver to judge the need for an Architectural School in Denver.
We are now studying the possibilities and I hope to give you an answer as to whether or not we will be able to serve you within the next two months. In the meantime, please be assured that your name has been added to the list of applicants for information and that you will be kept in close touch with the developments.
I would be very happy to see you and discuss your personal interests in an architectural education at any time.

Honorable Discharge from the National Guard. Denver, 1948. Print.
William John Champion Colorado Air National Guard as a testimonial of honest and faithful service, is hereby Honorably Discharged from the National Guard of Colorado and the National Guard of the United States.
01 Name: William J. Champion
02 Serial: 20841282
03 Grade: T/Sgt
04 Arm or Service: AF
05 Organization: Hq & Hq Sq, 86th Ftr Wg
06 Separation Date: 22 Nov 1948
07 Separation Place: Buckley Field, Denver, Colorado
08 Address: 135 Cedar Street
09 Birth Date: 31 Dec 1916
10 Birth Place: Arvada, Colorado
11 Civilian Occupation: Eng. Draftsman
12 Dependents: Two
13 Eyes: Brown
14 Hair: Brown
15 Height: 5 ft 7 in
16 Weight: 189 lb
17 Citizen: Yes
18 Race: White
19 Status: Married
20 Enlistment: 29 Jun 1946
21 Military Occupation: Intelligence Spec. (631)
25 Character: Excellent
28 Prior Service: AUS, AC from 7 May 1939 to 3 Nov 1945
30 Longevity: 9 yr 7 mo 10 da

United States. Bureau of Reclamation. Grand Coulee Dam. 1983. Print.
This Certifies That William J. Champion Architect worked on the Grand Coulee Dam and the Columbia Basin Project

United States. War Department. Military Training Certificate. 1936. Print.
William J. Champion has attended the Basic Course of Instruction, Infantry Arm, at the Citizens' Military Training Camp held under the auspices of the War Department of the United States at Ft. Logan. Colo. from July second to thirty first, one thousand nine hundred and thirty six.

U of Denver, 1952. Print.
The University of Denver on the nomination of The Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences has admitted William John Champion to the Degree of Bachelor of Architecture and Planning with all the Rights, Honors, and Privileges here and everywhere appertaining to that Degree
Given at the City of Denver, in the State of Colorado on the fourteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty-two

Mellor Comfort Garlick 1916–2003


Mellor Comfort Garlick was born on Dec. 18, 1916 in Arvada, Colorado. Mellor married on Jul. 3, 1942. He passed away on Jun. 24, 2003, at home in Copperas Cove, Texas at age 86. He was buried in Austin, Texas.

Branch: USA Rank: Sergeant

"Sergeant Has Preference For Old Weapons." The Armored Sentinel 10 June 1960: 14. The Portal to Texas History. University of North Texas. Web.
SFC Mellor C. Garlick has a preference for the kind of weapons not seen much around these parts anymore – arrowheads, tomohawks and knives. He has more than 6,000 such items, gathered over a period of 30 years. He began when he was eight years old. Sergeant Garlick, a member of Company B, 35th Armor, 2d Armored Division, has done most of his collecting in California, Virginia, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada. Among his artifacts are camp tools – like scrapers and knives – that are thousands of years old. He has dot-points believed to have been used before the bow and arrow came into existence, some 6 to 10,000 years ago. They're spear-like objects, ranging from two to six inches in length, that were launched from a throwing stick. In 1955, when Sergeant Garlick was stationed at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., he helped Arizona Museum researchers excavate in the desert near Herford, Ariz. He worked after duty hours for about three months. The mammals the group uncovered included mammoths, bison, camels and horses 15 to 20,000 years old.

Temple Daily Telegram. 25 June 2003. Web.
Mellor "Mel" C. Garlick, 86, of Copperas Cove died Tuesday, June 24, at his residence.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Sheppard Funeral Home in Copperas Cove with Dr. Rodney B. Kruse officiating. Burial will be in Bellwood Crematory.
He was born in Arvada, Colo., to Henry Mellor and Nellie Comfort Garlick. He served in the U.S. Army. He married Maxine Sparks on July 3, 1942. He was a Methodist.
Survivors are his wife; a daughter, Donna Mollenkamp of Macksville, Kan.; a son, David Garlick of Pflugerville; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Scott and White Hospice, 2401 S. 31st St., Temple, 76508. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

George Garlick 1911–2005

Second Cousin Twice Removed

George Garlick was born on Jul. 19, 1911 in Washington. George married Lois in 1972. He passed away on May 2, 2005 in Bellingham, Washington at age 93.

Branch: Rank: Private

"Biographical Note." Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. Western Washington University. Web.
George Garlick was born at West Mountain View, near Ferndale, Washington to Edsil and Mary Garlick. He later attended the University of Washington and obtained a degree in Fisheries there. George was later drafted during World War II and sent to England in a hospital unit and then to France and Germany. After the war he came back to Ferndale and worked for Western Washington University as a science technician in the Biology department until his retirement.

Gerardo Joseph Lombardi

Paternal Grandfather

Gerardo Joseph Lombardi, with his parents and three older siblings, left Naples, Campania, Italy aboard the Madonna. They arrived at Ellis Island on Dec. 19, 1920. He was baptized on May 11, 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts. He married at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church.

Branch: USNR Rank: LTJG

Lombardi, Gate of Heaven Cemetery. 2016.

American Society for Quality Control. Industrial Quality Control 13.8 (1957): 35. Web.
The Community College of the University of New Mexico, in cooperation with the section, is offering the second semester of statistical quality control. This advanced course will cover such subjects as: frequency distributions including normal, Poisson, and hypergeometric; acceptance sampling by attributes and variables; tests of significance and variance; regression analysis; correlation; and analysis of variance. The course will be taught by J. M. Wiesen and G. J. Lombardi, both of Sandia Corp.

Colorado. Deaths. 2002. Web.
01 Name: Gerardo J. Lombardi
02 Sex: Male
03 Death Date: February 7
05 Age: 81
06 Birth Date: Aug 10, 1920
07 Birth Place: San Donato, Italy
08 US Armed Forces: Yes
09 Death Place: Avista Hospital, Louisville, Boulder County
10 Occupation: Quality Control Engineer
11 Marital Status: Married
12 Spouse: Pauline Scholz
17 Father: Orazio Lombardi
18 Mother: Ludovica Cervi
19 Informant: Wife
20 Disposition: Gate of Heaven, Abuquerque, N.M.
23 Death Time: 5:10 AM
34 Cause A: Respiratory & Cardiac Arrest
34 Cause B: Hypoxia
34 Cause C: Chronic Aspiration Pneumonia
35 Autopsy: No

"Honorable Discharge from the U. S. Naval Reserve." Letter to LTJG G J Lombardi at Sandia Base. 15 July 1954. Web.
Therefore, by direction of the President, the Secretary of the Navy has approved your discharge from the U. S. Naval Reserve, under honorable conditions, to be effective 15 October 1954 without further orders or notification.

Lombardi, Gerardo J. The Sequential Selection of Judges for Organoleptic Testing. Thesis. Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Blacksburg, 1951. Web.
Gerardo J. Lombardi was born August 10, 1920, in St. Donato, Italy. His parents emigrated from Italy to the United States in November of the same year, and settled in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduation from the Huntington Preparatory School, Boston, in 1940, he attended the University of Notre Dame, receiving the B. S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1943. Upon leaving college, he entered the U. S. Navy as a line officer, and served as executive officer of a landing ship operating on the Pacific waters. In 1946, he was discharged from the Navy and accepted a position with the engineering department of the Stauffer Chemical Company, Chauncey, New York. He left their employ in 1949 and became a candidate for the degree M. S. in Chemical Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, completing the requirements in December, 1950. At that time he became a candidate for the degree M. S. in Statistics. Mr. Lombardi is married and has one child.

Princeton U, 1944. Web.
United States Naval Training School
This is to Certify that Ensign G. J. Lombardi has successfully completed the course of instruction at the Naval Training School at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.
Date: 21 October 1944

U of Notre Dame du Lac, 1943. Web.
Vita Dulcedo Spes
The President and Faculty of the University of Notre Dame du Lac
to all to whom these present letters may come, Greeting:
Through the authority in us vested by the State we make known and attest that Gerardo Joseph Lombardi has so well merited as to be proclaimed publicly and solemnly Bachelor of Science in Chemical Enginering
In Testimony Whereof we subscribe our names and affix the seal of the University this twenty-ninth day of October MCMXLIII

Year Name & Age Occupation Ship F M
1920 Gerardo Lombardo Madonna

Ludovica Cervi Lombardi 1880–1963


Ludovica Cervi was born on Jan. 6, 1880 in Alvito, Frosinone, Lazio, Italy. Ludovica married Orazio Lombardi on Oct. 13, 1904 in San Donato Val di Comino, Frosinone. They left Naples, Campania, Italy aboard the Madonna and arrived at Ellis Island on Dec. 19, 1920. She passed away in 1963 in Florida.

Year Name, Age, Literacy Occupation Residence or Ship F M
1920 Ludovica Cervi 40 Madonna
1925 Ludouica Lombardi 44 Housewife Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1930 Lodovica Lombardi 51 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts IT IT
1935 Ludovica Lombardi 54 Housewife Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1940 Londovia Lombardi 60 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1945 Ludovica Lombardi 66 Housewife Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1955 Ludovica Lombardi 76 Housewife Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts

Florida. Deaths. 1963. FamilySearch. Web.
Certificate: 47121
Name: Ludovica Lombardi
Date: Nov 1963
Place: Broward, Florida, United States
Gender: Female
Race: White

Italia. Passaporto. 1920. Web.
rilasciato a Cervi Lodovica
figlio di Costantino e di Tata Angela
nato a Alvito il 6-1-1880
residente a S Donato V. C. in provincia di Caserta
di condizione casalinga
emigra col marito Lombardi Orazio

United States. Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Certificate of Identification. Boston, 1942. Web.
Alien Registration: 2923734
Name: Ludovica Lombardi
Her Mark: +
Birth Date: Jan. 8, 1879
Born in or Near: St. Donato Italy
Residence in United States: 21 yrs.
Address of Residence: 19 Shepard St. Brighton Mass.
Height: 5 ft., 6 in.
Weight: 130 lb.
Hair: Black
Stamp: Feb. 20, 1942