Don Francis Vaneeghen (1920 - 1985)

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Burial / Funeral

Rhode Island Veteran Memorial Cemetery
Section B-5 Row 6 Site 201,
301 South County Trail, Exeter, Ri

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Last Known Residence

Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island

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Branch of service: Us Army
Rank attained: TEC 4
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii

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Francis

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1920 - In the year that Don Francis Vaneeghen was born, on January 1, over 6000 people were arrested and put in prison because they were suspected of being communists. . Many had to be released in a few weeks and only 3 guns were found in their homes. The U.S. Department of Justice "red hunt" netted thousands of "radicals" and suspected "communists" and aliens were deported. But the "hunt" ended after Attorney General Palmer forecast a massive radical uprising on May Day and the day passed without incident.

1937 - By the time he was 17 years old, on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

1943 - At the age of 23 years old, Don was alive when on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

1958 - He was 38 years old when on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

1985 - In the year of Don Francis Vaneeghen's passing, on March 7th, the song "We Are the World" was released as a charity effort to alleviate the African famine. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones. They were joined by 37 other famous singers in the recording studio and a phenomena had begun

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Don Francis Vaneeghen passed away on March 25, 1985 at age 65. There is no known cause of death. He was buried in Rhode Island Veteran Memorial Cemetery Section B-5 Row 6 Site 201, Exeter, Ri. He was born on January 23, 1920. There is no information about Don's family or relationships. We know that Don Francis Vaneeghen had been residing in Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island.

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