First cemetery in Cameron Parish Louisiana has a dated signed transcript ( January 2000 by Beverly Delaney, a Calcasieu Parish librarian) that is available on LA USGENWEB. This transcript indicates an unknown "pilot" burial in 1946. This "unknown burial" was reported to the LA AG office and the Regional LA DEPT of ARCH under the LA CRT DEPT. This is a copy of the response received with regards to the "unknown pilot" who quite possibly could be a World War II veteran. According to Calcasieu Parish Library, there are no known newspaper issues to research that may have further information. You may view the cemetery transcript here:http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/cameron/cemeteries/first.tx...
Dr. David Palmer is the Southwest Louisiana Regional contact for the LA DEPT of ARCHAEOLOGY.
Mr. Ryan Seidemann is the Louisiana Attorney General Office's Asst. Attorney General , Lands and Natural Resources - Section Chief, in the Civil Division of the Louisiana Dept. of Justice.
On Tue, 12/7/10, David Palmer wrote:
From: David Palmer < email@example.com
Subject: Re: FW: First Cemetery - Cameron Parish
To: " firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc: "Seidemann, Ryan" < SeidemannR@ag.state.la.us
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 9:15 AM
Sir or Madam:
Mr. Seidemann (who is a trained physical anthropologist with experience in archaeology as well as being an attorney) has covered the relevant issues involved. As he mentioned, an archaeological investigation to locate the remains of this pilot in the cemetery is not warranted given the sparse evidence and lack of a threat to the cemetery. Remote sensing would only indicate the location and approximate dimensions of a burial pit, which would not address your question, and excavation would be intrusive and damaging to the remains of the other individuals interred there, with no guarantee of confirming the story. If this is something that you wish to pursue, the oral history and document trail are your best bets (in addition to the official documents, which might not exist anymore, you might luck out and find a newspaper account or mention in a bit of personal correspondence or journal or the like). You would need to keep very good notes and document all of your sources in this matter if you did luck out and find some additional information about the individual and his burial, and you wanted to (for example) have a marker with the individual's name placed at their interment site.
Thank you for your inquiry, and good luck with your historical research.
David T. Palmer, Ph.D.
Registered Professional Archaeologist (12440)
Southwest Louisiana Regional Archaeologist
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
P.O. Box 40198
Lafayette, LA 70504-0198
On Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 4:53 PM, Seidemann, Ryan < SeidemannR@ag.state.la.us
To whom it may concern:
You have, unfortunately, hit on a matter that does not have a simple solution. While the story is compelling, it seems to me that the only way to verify it is to speak to people from the area that may have been alive at the time. During this period (and in certain circumstances, still today), most rural cemeteries did not (nor were they required to) keep good records of those interred in their cemeteries. As Dr. Palmer will, no doubt, agree, any attempt to locate an unmarked grave of a particular person by remote sensing means will likely meet with failure. In addition, excavating an entire cemetery on the hope that the person will be buried with some remaining artifacts that identify him as the pilot in question is not only unnecessarily intrusive, but also unlikely to lead to a confirmation of the story that you noted. As you are, no doubt, aware, there are several laws in Louisiana that generally restrict the type of activity that it would take to make a positive identification of this rumor. Thus, it seems that in the absence of some eyewitness information, an effort to locate a random grave in this cemetery would not be indicated. It would be a fascinating story if it is true, I just do not see any practical, respectful way to prove its accuracy based upon the information available. Also, keep in mind that even if the local sheriff or coroner at the time had filled out some paperwork on the matter, much of the legal files of the parish were lost or substantially damaged in Hurricane Rita in 2005.
Ryan M. Seidemann, RPA
Assistant Attorney General
Section Chief, Lands & Natural Resources
Civil Division, Louisiana Department of Justice
P.O. Box 94005
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9005
Sent: Monday, December 06, 2010 4:36 PM
To: Seidemann, Ryan
Subject: FW: First Cemetery - Cameron Parish
Please see the email below I received on the webmaster. Thank you.
From: Louisiana Cemeteries [mailto: email@example.com
Sent: Monday, December 06, 2010 3:39 PM
Subject: First Cemetery - Cameron Parish
Dear Southwest Regional Louisiana Dept. of Arch and LA AG;
I have a very important question regarding First Cemetery in Cameron Parish. It was reported that this cemetery contained an internment of an unidentified pilot who washed up on Broussard Beach in 1946 still wearing his seat belt. He was interred in this cemetery as an unknown per transcripts from LA USGENWEB.
Is it possible that this unidentified person was a missing pilot of World War II?
I have attempted to contact the local Sheriff through email, but the email bounces. I thought maybe he would have more information regarding this unknown pilot 1946. The only information that the local library was able to give me was this transcript. No microfilmed newspaper record of this burial?
Please respond. This issue bothers me greatly.
Louisiana Cemetery Preservationhttp://louisianacemeteries.angelfire.comhttp://firstname.lastname@example.org
Related Information can be found at this URL where it states that he is UNIDENTIFIED.http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/cameron/cemeteries/first.tx...