Theonia Banks Coleman (1937 - 1997)



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West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery
Section EE Site 17648,
4000 Forest Hill-irene Rd, Memphis, Tn


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Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee

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Branch of service: Us Army
Rank attained: PFC
Wars/Conflicts: Korea

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1937 - In the year that Theonia Banks Coleman was born, 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.

1952 - Theonia was only 15 years old when on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

1972 - Theonia was 35 years old when on November 7th, Richard Nixon won re-election, amidst the dawning knowledge of the Watergate scandal, by 60.7% to anti-war candidate George McGovern's 37.5%.

1979 - By the time this person was 42 years old, on March 28th, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the power plant at Three Mile Island Pennsylvania. Radiation leaked into the environment, resulting in a rating of 5 on a scale of 7 ("Accident With Wider Consequences") . It ended up costing $1 billion to clean up the site.

1997 - In the year of Theonia Banks Coleman's passing, on July 1st, Hong Kong was returned to China. In 1898, Great Britain was awarded Hong Kong for 99 years. In a subsequent agreement, China agreed to allow Hong Kong to remain capitalist. So the handing over of the area ended British rule but did not change the economic system of Hong Kong.

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Theonia Banks Coleman died on January 3, 1997 at 59 years of age. No cause of death has been listed for Theonia. Theonia was buried in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery Section EE Site 17648, Memphis, Tn. Theonia was born on May 29, 1937. We have no information about Theonia's family.


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