Photo of the Week
As a follow up to last week's Iron Casket presentation I am posting two more photos and a bit of information provided by a CZ Images contributor Pedro Vangas. He did some research and came up with this information. We are continuing the research.
I researched this a bit when I first
saw the pictures in the National Archives also, a couple of months
I stumbled across the Corozal American
Cemetery website which led me to the fact that the casket had been
laid to rest there in the Chagres decades earlier. It was someone
named Charles Baxter. His
date of death is listed the same as the finding of the casket. But
unable to find more info on this person.
and now for the kicker.... or as Paul Harvey
used to say, "the rest of the story".... Frederic
Berest, who is in the picture as having found the casket, lived in
Panama for years and was also laid to rest at Corozal Cemetery. His
name is on the same webpage.
BEREST, Frederic Joseph, Death: 8-March-1991, Plot H, Row 3, Grave 8, Frederic Joseph Berest was born in New York City on November 2, 1910. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a Technician, Fourth Class with the 632nd Special Service Platoon during World War II. After the war he moved to Panama married and lived at Los Andes, Panama. He died on March 8, 1991 at the Centro Medico Paitilla, Panama and was buried at the Corozal American Cemetery.
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