For Memorial Day, I'm choosing my mom's cousin Buddy to write about. His real name was Clifford E. Stalls and he was the son of Andrew Francis Stalls (1894-1962) and Edith Badendick Stalls (1898-1973). Edith's parent's were Carl Johann Emil Badendick and Bertha Helene Zerull, both of whom I profiled earlier this month.
|Helen and Buddy Stalls about 1925|
Buddy was born in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey on the 23rd of January 1921. At the time of his birth, his parents and his 3 year old sister, Helen, were living in the home of Buddy's widowed Grandmother, Bertha Badendick. His grandfather Badendick had died 5 years earlier.
|Clifford E. Stalls, 2nd Lt USMCR|
Buddy lived his whole life in Jersey City. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and rose to the rank of a 2nd Lieutenant. He flew fighters in the South Pacific.
Buddy was killed on the 19th of February 1945 on the first day of the Battle of Iwo Jima in the South Pacific. The battle to take this strategic island lasted over a month and more than 6800 Americans died there, 2400 on the first day.
|Gravestone of Clifford E. "Buddy" Stalls, |
New York Bay Cemetery, Jersey City, NJ
|Stalls family plot, New York Bay Cemetery, Jersey City, NJ|
Buddy is buried in the New York Bay Cemetery in Jersey City, New Jersey. His grave shares a burial plot with his parents and sister. His niece, Carol A. Pharis died on the 4 September 2008 and she is also buried in the plot, along side her mother Helen. There are no other descendants