Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ben Kentons visit to Terrell

Earlier this year I exchanged emails with Ben Kenton from the United Kingdom. Mr. Kenton was planning a trip to the Dallas area and wanted to visit the burial place of his cousin Vincent Cockman while here. Airman Cockman was killed during a training mission while stationed at #1 BFTS in Terrell during WWII and is buried at Oakland Memorial Park. Unfortunately, I could not get off work when when Mr. Kenton visited, so I didn't get to meet him. He did send me pictures of his visit to Terrell. Thanks for the pictures Ben, I hope you enjoyed your short time here and make it back someday.










9 comments:

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

What a wonderful story! I love stuff like that.
Not fair, Jim. I have seen how the weather has been so nice there - we've been so cold for days now. :(

Olivier said...

dommage que tu n'es pas pu le rencontrer, une belle histoire.
pity that you are unable to meet. A nice story.

Lynette said...

This is great, Jim. What a connection you've made for this young man. Ben, thanks so much for sharing your photos with us.

Petrea said...

Thanks for the photos, Ben! I wish the two of you could have met, but you met online, and that's second best. Thank you for sharing, Jim.

Anonymous said...

I'd just like to say thanks to Jim for helping me organise my (short) visit to Terrell. I only had a couple of hours in the town - so it was great to visit the Oakland Memorial Park and to get a private tour of the 1BFTS museum with the excellent Henry Madgwick. This was all made possible by Jim's kind organisation. Very nice to know that people you haven't even met will go to great lengths to be of such assistance. I'm glad you like the photos and wish everyone in Terrell season greetings from the UK. Ben

Tanya said...

How cool! You know me and my genealogy addiction so of course I love this!
Bummer you couldn't meet up, dang work!

Rambling Round said...

Very interesting! So nice he sent you the photos.

Dan said...

Too bad you guys couldn't meet ;( Thanks so much for sharing the great story and the pics!

Jana said...

That is very cool!!!!