Quantico National Military Cemetary, Triangle, Virginia … and the Hammer of Thor

Quantico MCB, Triangle, Virginia

Quantico National Military Cemetary is just down the road about 15 miles from my home. For just as many years I have meant to visit it. Yesterday was beautiful weather and so I found another Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) to make the short road trip with me. (Two chiefs are more than a tribe!)

Al Alborn
Al Alborn (USA, Ret) was my travel companion to visit the Quantico National Cemetary.

While the cemetary sits adjacent to Quantico Marine Corps Base, it is truly a national cemetary with members of all branches of military service resting there.

Do you have a relative buried in a national cemetary? Just curious? There is a central database of all burials for all national cemetaries provided by the Veterans Administration: Search Now.

One of the more curious aspects of the visit was discovering various kinds of religious symbols on some of the gravestones. Below is an example of just some — to include a symbol for Atheists and another that is ‘The Hammer of Thor’.

Gravestone Religious Symbols

There are many other (almost 60) approved religious symbols that can appear on a veteran’s gravestone. The Veterans Administration refers to these symbols as ‘Emblems of Belief‘.


Being a family historian I did some quick research on all Goldens interred at Quantico and have added some information about their lineages. Anyone with additional information is welcome to write to me at Norfolk1956@gmail.com


Clinton E. GoldenGolden, Clinton E
TN // US Coast Guard
War Service: Korea
Birth: 05/20/1931
Death: 04/10/1993
Buried At: Section 7 Site 247

Race: Black/African-American
Descended from: Edward Golden (1875 – aft 1931) and Alice Howard (1875 –  aft 1931), both born in Louisiana.


Harold K. GoldenGolden, Harold K
MM2 // Navy and Us Army
War Service: World War II
Birth: 11/18/1915
Death: 08/26/1995
Buried At: Section 11 Site 504 FindAGrave

Race: White/Causcasian
Descended from:  Richard Golden (1740 – 1795) and Mary Francis ‘Frankie’ Lowe (1750 – 1812), both of Ireland and immigrants to Georgia, later living in Kentucky.

and his wife: Golden, Elsie K
Birth: 02/06/1917
Death: 06/27/2000


Linwood GoldenGolden, Linwood
TEC4 // US Army
War Service: World War II
Birth: 06/15/1924 VA
Death: 11/05/1994 VA
Buried At: Section 6 Site 487

Race: Black/African-American
Descended from: James Linwood Golden (1903 – aft 1924) and Irene Proctor (1910 – aft 1924), both born in Virginia.

and his wife Golden, Alice
Birth: 12/17/1917
Death: 12/05/1994


Ronald Blair GoldenGolden, Ronald Blair
PFC // US Army
War Service: Korea
Birth: 11/16/1934 WV
Death: 03/18/2014 WV
Buried At: Section 25 Site 58


Race: White/Caucasian
Descended from: Scott Paine Golden (1836 – aft 1890) and Harriett Brown (1855 – 1932), both born in (West) Virginia.


William Arthur Golden SrGolden, William Arthur Sr
SGT // US Army
War Service: Korea
Birth: 01/08/1933 DC
Death: 01/09/2003 VA
Buried At: Section 18 Site 391

Race: White/Caucasian
Descended from: Robert Francis Golden (1855 DC – 1920 DC) and Ataway (“Addie” ??) Bailey (1863 DC or MD – 1909 DC)


Willie Franklin GoldenGolden, Willie Franklin
PFC // US Army
War Service: World War II
Birth: 11/04/1926
Death: 11/10/1991 VA, Fredericksburg
Buried At: Section 10 Site 500

Race: Unknown
Descended from: Unknown

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All gravestone images are courtesy of Findagrave.com. The Park Memorial to ‘Combat Veterans Wounded’ is from the Veterans Administration website for the Quantico National Cemetary. Photos of Linwood Golden and Ronald Blair Golden are from obituaries that I found online. The photo of Al Alborn was taken by myself, Bill Golden.

For my son Kevin — Inspirational ‘Get Off Your Ass’ Quotes

Inspirational ‘Get Off Your Ass’ Quotes

My son Kevin is now in his 5th week of military basic training. They call it ‘Beast Week’ — it is supposedly the most challenging week.

When I went through basic training (Army, July 1974 — hotter than hell!) every week seemed challenging to me … but then, I have always felt challenged.

Kevin will do well. He is smart, smart, smart … but not to be confused with the Ever Ready Bunny!

BEAST WEEK inspirational quotes that I sent to my son.


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
— Dr. Seuss


“A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure.”
— Unknown


“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
— Will Rogers


“Life is like a sewer… what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.”
— Tom Lehrer


“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.”
— Roger Staubach


“Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop.”
— Unknown

Jobs / Coach gets a thank you note

One of my soccer players was recently rummaging through their old email.

He had kept an email that I had sent to him in 2009 just as he was graduating high school. Since then I have recently gotten both a personal and a written thank-you for my career advice … from back in what must seem the dark ages for a young person.

Our correspondence follows. I have substituted Soccer Player X for their real name and email address.


———- Forwarded message ———-
Date: Wed, May 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Subject: Fw: Fwd: Work, Career Advice and All-Stars

look what I came across today…


———- Forwarded message ———-

From: William Golden <soccer@intelligencecareers.com>
Date: Fri, May 22, 2009 at 11:25 PM
Subject: Work, Career Advice and All-Stars
To: Soccer Player X
Soccer Player X

Yes. Mark confirmed you as an All-Star.

And you should know that in my mind that you always on the A list. Not
only are you a favorite player but you’ve got great attitude … and
attitude counts in life.

A bit of career advice – study hard and work hard. Focus on your job.

My role in life is as a very senior recruiter for almost 600
organizations. I make lots of money giving advice.

Here’s a bit of free advice: things will get worse in the employment
world. Much, much worse. Unemployment will especially hit two
demographic groups: young folks like yourself and men under the age of
35. Lose a job and you may not get another for a long while.

I don’t see a rebound in jobs until 2014 or 2015. Things could get
somewhat better in 2012 or 2013 … but my advice is to think about
where you are going to be in 5 years.

Hopefully you are going to college. The next 4-5 years will be a great
time to have an alternative other than having to seek full-time

Here is what I want you to study: pick almost any subject you want BUT
seek out a B.S. degree over a B.A. degree. DO NOT WASTE your
electives: devote your elective credits to understanding business
processes, “enterprise” communications and networks (you don’t have to
become a geek), and statistics. Your future will depend upon being
competitive and surviving on statistical margins — and operations
like Bloom survive on thin margins (usually < 5%).

America WILL rebound with jobs about the time you graduate from a 4
year degree. But the way people earn money and work will be very
different in 5 years.

If you follow my advice you will be very employable at the right time
in your life. Synchronicity matters.

… And of course I look forward to seeing you on the field as an All-Star.

Best regards,


The ‘End Times’ are upon us …

‘Ding, DONG … DONG, Ding’ went the doorbell.

My dogs went into a panic: Intruder alert!

There were two very primly dressed ladies at my front door. ‘Hello’ sez me. ‘Hello’ sez they, ‘Can we ask you two questions.’

With coffee cup firmly in hand, but almost empty: Sure.

Q #1: Don’t you agree that the world is becoming ever more troublesome? … Umm, no. Am pretty sure that the world has always been a fairly messed up place.

Q #2: Don’t you agree that the future looks grim and the end times are coming? … Well yes, I did hear that the world will end one day. But that is about four billion years into the future … so am not overly worried.

Bonus Question: Wouldn’t you like to know Jesus’ answers for these questions? (The dogs are still going crazy. They aren’t happy unless they get a chance to bite and nip at some heels.) … No, thank you. Perhaps another day.

As they left, the lead questioner noted: You have beautiful flowers and a nice smile, too.

Today is Monday. Not even noon yet. It is going to be a good week.


Getting to Heaven … through an Irish child’s mind

You gotta love the Irish people.

A true Story from an Irish Sunday School Teacher:

… Editor’s Note: All stories reputed to be true, per the Internet, are true!

I was testing children in my Dublin Sunday school class to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven.

I asked them: If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?

‘NO!’ the children answered.

If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the garden, and kept everything tidy, would that get me into heaven?

Again, the answer was ‘NO!’

If I gave sweets to all the children, and loved my husband, would that get me into heaven?

Again, they all answered ‘NO!’

I was just bursting with pride for them. I continued: Then how can I get into heaven?

A little boy shouted out: ‘YUV GOTTA BE FOOKN’ DEAD.’

Thanks to George Harris for passing along this bit of humor.