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In 1966 I was in Frankfurt, Germany and my Cousin Vernon had relocated back home to St Louis Mo. I don't know if it was a permanent move or not. We connected during my home on leave. While I was in Frankfurt he called me and asked that I contact his x-wife who was German and ask about his 2 children. She was cohabiting with another black soldier at this time. When I a afro american answered -he said she couldn't speak English- but I could clearly hear her in the background asking 'what do she want'. Vernon Melton Branch died in a car accident that same year. To this day I can't remember if the gender of his children was 1 boy, 1 girl or what. He now only has one sibling, a sister living. She did not know her brother very well because he lived with his mother's sister. That's a whole another story. I've told her about these children, but the response was non-chalant. His children would be over 40yrs old at this time. I don't know if the x-wife remarried or stayed in Germany. At that time the pattern for relationships was hook up with a soldier, marry them and get to America. At least when I was there the German woman expressed that to me. I have always wondered what their names were and do they want to know about their father's family. In hopes that this may find someone who might know the family of Vernon Milton Branch who was in the army from 1959-1962. He died in St Louis Mo 1966. Vernon's mother's maiden name,LOUISE WHITE, deceased, was married many times, but I think his father's name may have been Jesse Milton/Branch. I haven't been able to get a copy of his birth certificate because for some reason they want the last living relative to sign and request it. This seems very odd to me because I haven't had this problem with any of the death certificates I have ordered. Vernon lived most of his life with his aunt Musette White. I wish I could give more names and details but this family is problematic. The generation that knew information are now deceased. The next generation could care less. I tried to get information about this family, from Vernon's mother, before she died and later from the sister. His mother gave me some details but I know she held back on other information because I found information in the library. Neither time do you get cooperation to view old records and pictures. This is a living 'brick wall'. And believe me it's not about money. I don't know what the problem is.

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