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that I hope you will find interesting. Please drop me a line by
e-mail to let me know you have been here. Comments, suggestions,
and material to add to the these websites are very much
appreciated, which is to say, I've started this, but YOU are
more than welcome to be a part of it. Check out the history,
talk to me about funky music, and most importantly, Enjoy
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has been up and running for over 12 years, and will continue to
remain "live" on the Internet. This
website was founded in the fall of 2002. DVRBS, Inc. operated as a
registered 501(c)3 non-profit corporation through the end of 2012. As the
time and money involved in administrating the corporation became
problematic, it was decided to dissolve DVRBS, Inc. in December
site was originally based on a home-made server with a dedicated cable
internet business connection. This greatly increased
the monthly cost of operations, which also include subscriptions to
historical and genealogical database websites, equipment,
software, research-related expenses, postage, and the like.
the summer of 2014 I established a second home in North Dakota,
with the intent of making this my permanent home by the end of
2017. I will be spending more and more time out west than in New
Jersey during this period. During the summer of 2014 a friend
hosted the site on his server until I could get things up and
running out west.
I HAVE registered the domain name through January of 2020.
During the spring and summer of 2014 I began moving things to North Dakota,
having been "taxed and cost-of-living-ed" out of New Jersey.
The site was for the most part up, but some pages and images were not.
I did not do much in the way of adding to existing pages or creating
new ones during this time. I got it back on-line in late
September. On October 2, 2014 the server was hacked, and it was then I
found that no one was furnishing anti-virus software for Windows 2000
Server anymore. That meant buying a new server, and taking on a $3000
debt that I was not at all comfortable with taking on. At that point a
couple of friends... more than that, brothers, from the Camden Fire
Department stepped up and started raising funds for the website. Other
friends of the website contacted me, and I took the leap of faith and
ordered a new server.
October 27, 2014 the new server was delivered and the site went back
on-line. Fundraising has gone well, from what I've been told we are a
little more than halfway there, and there are a couple of irons in the fire that
should close the deal, and I cannot thank the friends and family who
have come up so big to help with this. I really was at wits end a few
you would like to help defray the cost of the server you can donate on-line at www.gofundme.com/fvm98c
or you can donate direct to me via mail to PO Box 2792, Bismarck ND
This website was founded in the fall of 2002. DVRBS, Inc. was a registered 501(c)3 non-profit through the end of 20012. The administrative costs of maintaining the 501(c)3 non-profit became prohibitive so the
corporation was dissolved. After 2012 donations
were no longer tax deductible.
site has ALWAYS been non-commercial and always will be. This is not
and never will be a business. This is a "someone had to do
it", and sort of became a calling.
monetary donations have always been accepted, I rarely have
solicited them. I've
run a few ads through Google, but not seen much money.
Beginning in January, 2013 the expense of
operating the www.dvrbs.com
comes out of my own pocket. For that reason, I am asking that if
you can, please make a donation in any amount to the
site. Please mail all donations to PO Box 2792, Bismarck ND
RELEVANT: At $35.00 each, the rolls of microfilm contain one
month of post-1920 Camden newspapers, the Post-Telegram in the
years through 1926, the Morning Post and Evening Courier
beginning in 1930, and in the late 1940s the combined
can be made towards any purpose, or can
be directed to the month and year of Camden newspapers of your
choice, as long as they are available through the New Jersey
State archives. Again, to
donate by check or money order, make them payable to Phil Cohen,
and mail to PO Box 2792 Bismarck ND 58502-2792.
IS NOT A JOURNEY TO THE GRAVE
WITH THE INTENTION OF
ARRIVING SAFELY IN A PRETTY AND WELL PRESERVED BODY,
BUT RATHER TO SKID IN BROADSIDE,
THOROUGHLY USED UP, TOTALLY WORN OUT,
AND LOUDLY PROCLAIMING WOW.... WHAT A RIDE !!!"
is not enough; we must apply. Understanding is not enough;
Knowing and understanding in action make for honor.
And honor is the heart of wisdom."
Johann von Goethe
man owns history, therefore you should feel free to use anything
in this web site for any purpose you see fit. The only important
thing is that knowledge be preserved, made accessible, and
passed down to future generations. This site is not for profit and
proud of it, for to claim title to and profit from the actions of
those long gone seems to, at best, bogus, and at worst, immoral.
If left to the greedy, there would be no public domain-
Constitution and the Bible would be the property of an individual,
institution, or corporation. -- Phil Cohen.
is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and
degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing
worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more
about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable
creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so
by the exertions of better men than himself." - John Stuart
W. Baskow owned and
operated the Nine-Thirty-Nine
Bar at 939 Market Street
in Camden NJ in the 1960s. He was brutally murdered in his bar on
the morning of July 14, 1967. This case remains unsolved, 41
years later. If you have any information concerning this crime,
me. Your identity will
be kept confidential and there is a reward for information leading
to an arrest.
section had grown so large that I decided to dedicate a separate
page of links to all the pages about interesting people who have
lived in our city... a biographical section, as it were. The
"People of Note" section has been moved here, as well
as the "Camden Sports Hall of Fame", "Camden
Entertainment Hall of Fame", "Camden
Families" and the "Mayors of Camden"
sections. I have also moved the links and set up a new section
of links to Camden family web-pages both on this website and
has been removed...... I've just set up a separate section in
order to let THIS page load faster for those who are still using
always, suggestions, questions and comments are quite welcome.
Thanks to Jim Bessing and Mike Scheele for twisting my arm
(figuratively of course!) so I would get off my rump and get
don't try and never will try to hide who I am and what I believe.
This will sooner or later get me physically assaulted, cost me my
job, get this web site hacked, or some such nonsense.
be surprised.... everything that is a hairless biped is not
necessarily human. What happened to filmmaker Theo van Gogh in the
Netherlands, who was murdered for exposing the physical abuse of women
in the Islamic community, can happen in America... WILL happen
in America, and is being ENCOURAGED to happen in America by CAIR,
moveon, and like minded parties. If the same happens to me, don't
be surprised, do not mourn. DO BE ANGRY and DO TAKE UP ARMS.
Camden Serves America: Soldiers,
Sailors, & Airmen Camden
Heroes & Veterans
Honoring All Camden County Men and Women
Who Serve and have Served Our Country
Army - Air Force - Coast
Guard - Merchant Marine - Marine Corps - Navy
Index to Biographical Web Pages on this Web Site
Camden Sports Hall of Fame
Camden Entertainment Hall of Fame
and many other interesting people who have lived in Camden!
slide presentation of photos of men and women who were serving
with the United States armed forces during World War II. This
presentation was compiled and first shown at St. Joseph's Church
in June of 2009 in commemoration of Armed Forces Day.
you would like to download this in PowerPoint format, click
great part due to the efforts of the website, Chief Scott
Thompson of the Camden Police Department, and other
members of Camden's Finest, the name of Detective
William T. Feitz, the first Camden police
officer to lose his life during the performance of his
duties, was inscribed along with 414 other law enforcement
officers on the National
Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC.
These men were honored in a candlelight vigil on May 13,
are also taking place to see that Detective Feitz's name
be added to the Camden NJ Police Memorial at Federal
Street and Haddon Avenue.
Soldiers, Sailors, & Airmen Camden Veterans
Honoring All Camden County
Men and Women
Who Serve and Served Our Country
Army - Air Force - Coast
Merchant Marine - Marine Corps - Navy
Part 2 455 photos and video clips for a length of 1 hour 23 minutes
The new video has narrated letters to home from sailors; 350 new photos from the national archives; photos from the Navy Memorial and photos from more sailors and or their families. There are 2 interviews included as well, one from John Bloomer and one from a brother of a sailor who spent 3 days on the Denver visiting her while she was anchored in Manila Harbor. I have also added a personal tribute to the men killed on the Denver which is at the end of part 2. I was also able to find a song book called "Songs For Salty Bards" containing songs sung by the Denver men. I worked with the Rowan University men's chorus to perform 4 songs live and have them recorded to be used in this video, this would be the first time that these songs were played and heard in over 65 years. It took one year and three months to complete but it was worth every minute, at least for me who has such an interest in US history. I have connected with so many Denver sailors or their families from all parts of the United States. As you can see these videos are lengthy so schedule your viewing accordingly; make sure you have enough snacks and enjoy the videos. Thanks to everyone who assisted with compiling the photos and stories your efforts are greatly appreciated.
Camden City Directory Aachen
& Munich Fire Insurance Co. of Germany to Fritz, Emma;
Lightcap, Mary to Lindehorn, Harry; Moran, Margaret to Morgan,
John; Nardello, Rocco to Naval Reserve Drill Hall;
Norris, William W. to Norwood, I. Gertrude; Swyler, Amanda to
Taggart, Lorenzo M.;
Tribitt, George to Trophy, John; Warrington, Estelle to
West, Hannah to West Jersey Title & Guaranty Co
VAN TIL’S HOME PAGE
Jon Van Til is
Professor of Urban Studies and Community Planning at Rutgers
University’s Camden Campus. This website provides material for
his students in several courses, and for colleagues in the field
of urban policy, voluntary and nonprofit organization, and
There is a lot here that I strongly disagree with. LIVING here
for 25 plus years carries a lot more weight than commuting in
from the suburbs and taking a class... I'm not all that
impressed with late 20th century academia, but that's MY value
judgment. Still, there is much at this website that is of
interest to those interested in Camden.
Sinking of HMT ROHNA
Twelve soldiers from Camden
County- six men from South Camden, one from Haddonfield, one
from Blackwood, two from Pennsauken, one from Merchantville, and
one from Lindenwold- died together when the troop transport HMT
Rohna was struck by a German guided glider bomb and sank of the
coast of North Africa. Eight men from other South Jersey
communities were also lost. A total of 1,015 men were lost that
day, many of them from South Jersey, but the story was never
told to the families or the general public for over 57 years due
to wartime censorship. At the time, conflicting stories were
issued about the fates of these men. Some families were told
that their sons were killed, others were told that their family
members were missing in action. This page is dedicated to these
men and their families.
26, 1944 the LST-422 struck a mine of Anzio, Italy. 419 American
soldiers and 29 British sailors were lost. Seven of those victims were
from Camden County, New Jersey. This is their story.
December 24, 1944 the SS Leopoldville, carrying over 2000
American soldiers, was torpedoed off the coast of Normandy. 764
Americans lost their lives that night, including two from Camden
NJ, PFC Edward E. Benson, and Staff Sergeant Robert F. Miles..
To learn more about the Leopoldville disaster, and what happened
to Robert Miles and Edward Benson, click on the links below.
many were fond of saying, the world changed on September 11,
2001. Well, it did not really change, but the United States DID
get a wake up call. America is at war, which is a sad thing....
people get hurt and killed, lives are ruined. On the other hand,
a look at the world over the past few years... and over the past
1000 or so years... truly gives evidence to what America and
those who share our values and culture are up against.
no mistake about this.... the world is at war, and it IS a
religious war. I will be charitable and say a branch of Islam is
bent on world conquest and the establishment of world rule under
Islamic religious war. I will also be very truthful and state
that is is a VERY large and very well-funded branch.
this website is very much a teaching tool, I thought it
appropriate to present some articles I have found helpful- some
that I have found, others submitted by visitors to this website.
have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat. We have
before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us
many, many months of struggle and suffering.
ask, what is our policy? I say it is to wage war by land, sea,
and air. War with all our might and with all the strength God
has given us, and to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never
surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime.
That is our policy.
ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory.
at all costs - Victory in spite of all terrors - Victory,
however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there
is no survival.
You Go" is
offered as an expression of heartfelt gratitude to those
who fought and won the Second World War - for their
bravery, gallantry and sacrifices that assure the
continued enjoyment of freedoms unprecedented in the
history of mankind.
we lose those who gave us so much to age and time, it is
our hope that the wondrous technology of the age of
Internet will help us to deliver this tribute and
message of thanks to every surviving veteran of the
Second World War, their families and descendants.
our profound thanks to those who we can never adequately
thank, and in the hope that you will help us spread our
message, we offer
any of the links on this or the following pages fail to
work, hold down the <ctrl> key while clicking on
dedicated to the veterans of the Second World War, we
view "Before You Go" to be equally applicable
to all of the veterans of subsequent wars and current
conflicts who have responded to the call of their
country and placed their lives on the line on our behalf
when asked to do so
DAY – 2006
local paper advertised a parade on the extensive grounds of our
Bay Pines VA Hospital, but its route wasn’t described. I
wondered if my wheelchair buddies in the nursing home might be
able to watch it from a nearby road, so I went there a bit
earlier to see if I could help. As it turned out, the activities
leader was getting a bunch of men ready to go to a shaded spot
behind the building for the ceremonies, where they might miss
it turned out, the parade came to them. We wheeled over 30 guys
to a spot beside hundreds of empty chairs. Shortly, we heard
drums and music as three bands and several groups marched in and
filled the seats. After Presentation of the Colors, Pledge of
Allegiance, and the National Anthem, we heard short speeches by
the Secretary of the Navy, the local Congressman, the Director
of the Hospital, and best of all, the main address by a very
articulate Medal of Honor soldier.
man sitting next to me was a wounded Marine just back from Iraq.
We bonded instantly, and he even worked beside me pushing the
wheelchairs back to the nursing home. Later I drove him to his
next stop and he wants get involved in volunteer work. With 61
years between our wars, he now knows that every older veteran is
his buddy too, because we shared a common experience.
other news, we read of a 111 year-old Florida man who is one of
15 World War I veterans still alive!
you didn't miss Camden, you probably wouldn't be visiting this
website. Why not COME BACK? I've been here 31 years, and
couldn't imagine living anywhere else. There simply are so many
advantages that far outweigh the
over-emphasized-in-the-media disadvantages. If you have never
lived in Camden, you don't know what you are missing.
met Craig Campbell back in 1977 when I was living on Penn
Street. Craig is THE man to see if you are looking to come to
what is arguably the most eclectic neighborhood in South Jersey.
Stanton has written several books devoted to the history of
railroads and trolleys in Camden and South Jersey.
Days in Camden" is a real gem, with
lots of pictures from days gone by that I haven't seen
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Episcopal 1910-1912 Broadway (Broadway
and Viola Streets)
restoration plan is being developed for this historic church that
will guide its transformation into the new home for the Camden
Shipyard and Maritime Museum. We are looking for any photographs of
the interior or exterior of this church including family events such
as weddings and baptisms, etc. We would like to make copies of these
for use in the historic restoration process. If you can assist in
any way or know of someone who can, please contact. Mary Ann Eves,
Project Historian, at (215) 545-1076orProfessor
Michael Lang, Project Director, at (609) 280-7659.
Gralish has worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1983,
working as both an editor and photographer. During the Gulf War in
1991, he was the Department of Defense Pool newspaper photo editor
in Saudi Arabia. He has covered stories from the revolution in the
Philippines to George W. Bush's campaign for the presidency to
street people living on the sidewalks of Center City Philadelphia.
Gralish was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography and
the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his photo essay on the
homeless in 1986.
1998 he began a weekly photo column titled "City Life"
in the Philadelphia Inquirer, documenting everyday life in about
150 Philadelphia neighborhoods. Since 2001, the column - with a
new title, "Scene on the Street" - began taking a weekly
look at our urban landscape.
coning to Philadelphia Tom Gralish spent seven years working for
United Press International as a photographer in Minneapolis,
Dallas, Detroit and Kansas City.
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