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  posted on 5/25/2007 at 10:46 PM
In honor of our troops, past and present, do you have a relative that has served? Unfortunately, my family does not have much of a history in the military, but would be interested in yours. My late dad served in Germany in the mid-50-s (signal corps), but from his photos it was mostly beer drinking, skiing and going to motor races; would that our present troops had such an easy experience. Tell us where and when your relation served, and if you yourself served, tell us about it, and thank you.

Edit-I thought last year's responses were great, so I dredged this up to see it there are some new stories to share. Happy Memorial Day.

[Edited on 5/21/2008 by Brock]

Edit 2-After seeing last year's ugliness, I considered not bumping this. But there is still more good than bad in here, so maybe we'll do better this year?

I had a business meeting a couple weeks back, and learned a man there was in WWII. He was a tail gunner in B-17's and flew but 4 missions out of England. It made my day to talk to him.

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  posted on 5/25/2007 at 10:48 PM
Gregg shot his foot and they must have lost Duane's draft orders.

 

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  posted on 5/25/2007 at 11:02 PM
My grandfather was in the Army around 1918-19, but was discharged at the request of his mother due to family hardship. (My great grandparents were quite old when my grandfather and his younger and older brother came along.)

My Uncle John (now 84) served in the infantry in WWII and saw combat in Europe. He returned home, re-enlisted in the Air Force and became a bomber pilot. We retired in 1968 at the height of Viet Nam as a Lt. Colonel. My cousin Jack (almost 60 now,) Uncle John's oldest son, was in the Army in Viet Nam and saw combat. My dad was Air Force reserves called to active duty during Korea. He stayed stateside and was stationed at Ft. Benning, GA.

My mom's last husband, my step-dad, was a career Army officer who retired as a Major. He originally enlisted as an infantryman and saw combat in the jungles of Viet Nam. He got out, tried college for a bit, went back in the Army in the signal corps and went through OCS and got a commission.

I've had lots of folks in the family serve and I grew up around Army bases all my life, but never had the chance to serve. I was planning to enlist in the Air Force, but I had a series of medical setbacks (collapsed lung, knee surgery and lymph node biopsey all within a year) and figured after the third operation, I'd never pass a physical, so I abandoned the idea.

Thank you, veterans. Happy Memorial Day.

[Edited on 5/26/2007 by BigDaveOnBass]

 

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  posted on 5/25/2007 at 11:07 PM
My father is a WWII veteran, served in the Navy. My GG Grandfather was a Civil War vet - enlisted in the Union, deserted, changed his name and re-enlisted in the Confederacy. I have his rifle. I have too many great grandfathers back, but one served in the War of 1812, and another in the Revolutionary War, so, my family goes way back in this country.

God Bless them all and the sacrifices they made so that we can have what we do today.

 

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  posted on 5/25/2007 at 11:14 PM
My dad was also a WWII vet...had a broken back and 2 broken legs as a teen and child. Took him 3 trys before they accepted him. Was in the battle of Anzio and recieved a Silver Star.
My father was a brilliant man, and even though he was a total patriot, I have the feeling because of how brilliant he is he'd think GW was the biggest douchebag in the history of the United States.

 

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  posted on 5/25/2007 at 11:17 PM
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My father is a WWII veteran, served in the Navy. My GG Grandfather was a Civil War vet - enlisted in the Union, deserted, changed his name and re-enlisted in the Confederacy. I have his rifle. I have too many great grandfathers back, but one served in the War of 1812, and another in the Revolutionary War, so, my family goes way back in this country.

God Bless them all and the sacrifices they made so that we can have what we do today.
Tami, my roots go back to Lynn, MA in 1639. One of my g-g-g-g-g-(?)grandfathers, Samuel Horne, served in the revolution and lived to be 100. Genealogy is a blast!!

 

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  posted on 5/25/2007 at 11:20 PM
My father, and three uncles served in WWII.

I have never met a more dedicated veteran than my father. It was in his DNA....

God Bless the men and women who go and fight until the death for our country, even when it's not necessary....

 

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  posted on 5/25/2007 at 11:34 PM
Dad and 2 Uncles that did 2 tours each in Vietnam and I was in Desert Storm.

I was in the Air Force and 2 of my cousins, were gunners on tanks in the Army. They happen to come through the camp that I was stationed at and I let them talk me into going on patrol with them one night and things were going well. As the night was ending and we were heading back to camp the convoy was shot at, I have never been so scared in my life, but we made it back to camp.

Later that week, while on patrol my cousins tank column was hit and there were 7 casualties. I lost one of my cousins.



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  posted on 5/26/2007 at 07:45 AM
My dad flew 7 missions in WWII. He was a pilot, P-51 Mustangs. Never talked much about it, I found most stuff out well after he passed.
My oldest brother two tours Vietnam, he was a chopper pilot, he doesnt talk much about it either. I guess he is still trying to forget it all!

 

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  posted on 5/26/2007 at 08:36 AM
My Grandfather, served in WWII in parts of North Africa, he also was part of the Invasion force that would go to Italy, I want to say the 45th Infantry, I can't look it up right now, I have most of it at home. He was captured on his birthday in January 1945 and was officially released the following year on his birthday. He is now 90 and still one of the toughest men I know or will ever meet.


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  posted on 5/26/2007 at 09:07 AM
My father was a recently moved to the USA Canadian during WWII, so ended up serving only toward the end of the war and managed to not have to go to Europe or the Pacific.
His brother was not so lucky and was killed in action in France in August of 1944 as a part of the Canadian forces.
Uncle Fred was also a part of the D-Day landing.

My father has made a trip or two over to France to see the memorials near the beaches...makes him cry.

Me, I served in the Navy from 1976 until 1982, so was never involved with any declared war...that means the time in the Black Sea, the times off the coast of Libya and Yeman and Lebanon, and the times in El Salvador don't count....plus none of us were ever really shot at, just targeted by radars...

 
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  posted on 5/26/2007 at 09:40 AM
My father was 17 when he joined ... was barely 18
when he got to Europe sometime after D-Day. He
was part of the big push of the Nazis back towards
Berlin. Most of what I know my uncles and mom told
me cuz he never talked about it. My uncles said he was
in the Black Forest.. and that the fighting was very
hand-to-hand there. He made it through .... but I
think he saw some things that haunted him the rest
of his life. He became alcoholic ... and died of a sudden
heart attack while still a young man of only 42.
That was in Macon in Jan. of 1969....I guess the AB's
were getting ready to come to town.

My GGGgrandfather fought for SC in the Revolution
but he actually lived in GA on the Savannah River in
what is now Screven county. His son .. my GGgrand ...
was a Captain in War of 1812 ... in Georgia that war
was mainly waged against the Creek Indians who had
allied with the Brits. Then his son... my Ggrand ... was
a Lt. in the CSA. His grave once had the Confederate
Cross adorning it.... unfortunately those things have a
habit of disappearing. My family has been in Ga since
before the Revolution ... having come from Virginia as
territory began to open up west of the Sav. River.

 

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  posted on 5/26/2007 at 11:39 AM
Peace and thanks to all our fathers and Grandfathers...and to all that have defended our great country

 

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  posted on 5/26/2007 at 12:11 PM
I know my great and great great grandfather served but not where and when

My Grandfather Neil Sheldon Bennett served in Europe,(France) in WW1

My Father William Meharg served in WW 2,was in Pattons army as they traveled across Europe

I have never had to serve,but god bless all the grandfathers and fathers,and sons/daughters who have.

Hope those who serve today are all home soon

 

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  posted on 5/26/2007 at 12:15 PM
Family has been fighting in one thing or another since arriving in 1632. My earliest ancestor, along with Thomas Hooker, helped found Hartford, Conn.

A relative, Genl Nathaniel Lyon, was killed Aug 10 1961 at the battle of Wilson's Creek.

My grandfather worked at Pratt & Whitney, builders of the engines that carried the war and later delivered the A-bomb.

My wife's father, WWII navy, saw action on the high seas. My father USAF 23 years.

I was 4 years USCG.

" Since 1775 no nation has had as much experience of war as the United States--nine major wars in nine generations...America's wars have been like the rungs on a ladder by which it rose to greatness. No other country has triumphed so long, so consistently or on such a vast scale through the force of arms...The result is that no American can move without bumping into the country's military past."-- Geoffrey Perret A COUNTRY MADE BY WAR copyright 1989.

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  posted on 5/26/2007 at 12:32 PM
I think those who served in Combat understand the horrors of war where we who have never had to only know it from movies,books.Of course that excludes any who have lost someone dear in recent conflicts.My dad never spoke of the war, never watched movies about wars, and I only really learned where he was until after his death and I found a time line he had of his service. All these men lost brothers,childhood friends,and in many cases were there when their fellow soldiers were killed.

On this memorialday weekend it is good to remember and honor those who served and in actuality probably was the main reason I never had to.

 

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My father is a WWII veteran, served in the Navy. My GG Grandfather was a Civil War vet - enlisted in the Union, deserted, changed his name and re-enlisted in the Confederacy. I have his rifle. I have too many great grandfathers back, but one served in the War of 1812, and another in the Revolutionary War, so, my family goes way back in this country.

God Bless them all and the sacrifices they made so that we can have what we do today.
Tami, my roots go back to Lynn, MA in 1639. One of my g-g-g-g-g-(?)grandfathers, Samuel Horne, served in the revolution and lived to be 100. Genealogy is a blast!!


Very cool, Dave - I'm still researching - have a John Booth here in MA in 1657, and another sea captain in Maryland - still tracking his dates down. Genealogy is a full-time job!!!!

 

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My Mayflower connection is through Francis Cooke through the marriage of Margaret Sloan who was the daughter of William Sloan and Margaret McTeer.1 Margaret Sloan was born circa 1797 at Blount, TN, USA.1 She married William Campbell on 3 October 1816 at Blount, TN, USA. As of 3 October 1816,her married name was Campbell.

A story or two of the women in my family who also worked along side their husbands during times of war.

Also known as "Bonnie Kate," Catherine S. Sevier was the wife of John Sevier (1745-1815), Revolutionary War hero, Indian fighter, governor of the State of Franklin, and first governor of Tennessee. Legend has it that their courtship began after she was surprised by an Indian attack while milking a cow outside the walls of Fort Watauga in northeast Tennessee. The defenders of the fort quickly closed the gates, locking her out. She ran to the palisades and, helped by Sevier, climbed to safety. She and Sevier married in 1780, when she was twenty-six, after the death of his first wife, Sarah Hawkins. At their home in Washington County, Bonnie Kate made soldiers' uniforms, cast lead balls for ammunition, and prepared food for her husband's victorious campaign against the British at the battle of Kings Mountain in South Carolina. On the eve of the battle, she thwarted a Tory attempt to murder her husband. Bonnie Kate held the title "First Lady" three times, first from 1785 to 1788, when her husband was governor of the State of Franklin, and during his terms as the first and third governor of Tennessee, 1796 to 1801 and 1803 to 1809. She was originally buried in Russellville, Alabama, but was re-interred in 1922 next to her husband on the lawn of the old Knox County Courthouse in Knoxville. The inscription on her tombstone describes her as the "brightest star among pioneer women of this state."

Her sister Margaret Sherrill was scalped but survived they were the daughter's of William b. 1707 and Jean Wilson Sherrill both were killed while fighting Indians.

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Mrs. Eliza A. Hood, widow of the late F. W. Hood - deceased at maryville, Tennessee at 4:30pm Sunday, April 5, 1891, aged 69 years.

Mrs. Hood was the daughter of Robert and Mary McTeer, old and original settlers of Blount County. She was a grand niece of "Bonnie Kate," the wife of John Sevier the first governor of Tennessee.

She was noted during the late war as being intensely for the Union, and her house was made a place where letters from Union soldiers could be delivered to their families in Blount County while this country was being held by the Confederate Army. Many a wife, mother, and sister have been made happy by being enabled by her to secure the glad tidings from the absent husband, son, or brother by the letters brought through the Confederate lines by the "underground railroad."

By her keen foresight and knowledge of human nature, she was enabled to receive and deliver these letters without being detected, although she was often suspected and her house searched by roving bands.

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At the end of the day this goes out to all my family members who have fought in every conflict in this country to the present day and yes "Genealogy is a blast!!".


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  posted on 5/26/2007 at 03:45 PM
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My father is a WWII veteran, served in the Navy. My GG Grandfather was a Civil War vet - enlisted in the Union, deserted, changed his name and re-enlisted in the Confederacy. I have his rifle. I have too many great grandfathers back, but one served in the War of 1812, and another in the Revolutionary War, so, my family goes way back in this country.

God Bless them all and the sacrifices they made so that we can have what we do today.


Tami, what a great story. Where did your family live? I've read that families were split in The War Between The States but your GG Grandfather is a whole different story.

 

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  posted on 5/26/2007 at 08:37 PM
I served in the USAF from 1970-1973. Helped me grow up alot, which I needed. And thanks to some buddies who were Fillmore regulars , found out about ABB, which I also needed. I was glad to serve and salute those that do today.
 

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  posted on 5/27/2007 at 01:19 AM
My father served 22 years in the Army, and the two wars he was in was Korea and Vietnam.

Had two uncle on my mother's side of the family who served in WWII. One, Uncle Pete, was in the Army and saw service in North Africa, Italy and France and was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and the French Croix de Guerre. My other Uncle, Fred was a Marine who was killed duting the invasion of Okinawa.

I myself was a Navy corpsmen from 1974 to 1979.

 
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  posted on 5/27/2007 at 02:53 AM

My dad was in the Army Ordnance Corps in the Philippines in 1941 and was captured on Corregidor. He survived the Death March, the Hell Ships, and 42 months as a Jap POW. My 11-year old son used my dad's diaries when researching his 6th grade social studies project and ultimately won the award for best project in the entire state of Georgia, against all grade levels. I'm very proud of him.

My GGGrandfather was a captain in the Illinois Volunteers and Marched to the Sea with General Sherman. I have 278 letter he and his wife wrote to each other during the course of the war. Looks like another social studies project!

 

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  posted on 5/27/2007 at 05:29 AM
non-relatives: Lamar Williams, Red Dog . . . Vietnam
relatives: father in the Philippines, two uncles in Europe . . . WWll
Kind of puts getting up early to work on a holiday into perspective.

 

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My Grandfather served in the infantry in WW1 and my Father in WW2. Dad went to France on D-Day +3 He also served in Holland and Belgium. He told me once about taking a German POW on New Years Day 1945. The German soldier was cowering in a shell hole thinking my Father was going to kill him. "Just a Kid" Dad said. He was 19 at the time! Dad said at that moment he realised that most Germans were no different to their Allied counterparts, They didn't want to be there either. He told me he never hated the Germans after that day and that is a lesson I have always tried to follow. I still have the German's binoculars at home and have often wondered about him. If he survived the war, Is he still alive now? Where was he from?
My Dad has been dead for 15 years now. I couldn't be prouder of what he and his generation did in those dark days.
Many years after the war Mum and Dad were in Spain on holiday and they were talking to an old Dutch couple in the hotel. They asked if my folks had ever been to Holland. Just in the war Dad replied. They both took his hand and thanked him for helping to liberate their country. All four of them got a bit emotional...... As I am now!

 

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Since 1775 no nation has had as much experience of war as the United States--nine major wars in nine generations...America's wars have been like the rungs on a ladder by which it rose to greatness. No other country has triumphed so long, so consistently or on such a vast scale through the force of arms...The result is that no American can move without bumping into the country's military past."-- Geoffrey Perret A COUNTRY MADE BY WAR copyright 1989.




This quote says it all, and I knew there would be some good stories out there and ya'll did not dissapoint. Georgielad, your dad's attitude toward that German soldier is remarkable. You see, I did have a US paternal great uncle who served in WWII in England in a support role only. But I also have a maternal great uncle who was in the Italian army. He was captured by the Allies and was brought to a POW camp in Como, MS. Uncle Spera died in captivity there. He is interred in the German-Italian cemetery within Ft McClellan, Anniston, AL, where POWs were also held. For the last several years, I have gone there for the November Veteran's day ceremony. A few uniformed German and Italian soldiers come down from Huntsville, AL to conduct it and the US personel are most accomodating to the attendees. The info I have gathered from the Anniston camp show how well the prisoners were treated and some of the Germans even relocated to Anniston after the war. It is a testament to the US that their captives were and are respectfully treated. Until my family discovered this a few years ago, I had no idea that POWs were held here, but apparently camps were numerous and spread across the US.

 

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