Any Veterans Or Heroes Here? Know/known One?

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  1. Ina I. Wonder

    Ina I. Wonder Very Well-Known Member
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    I was about to forget the military woman in my family. My grandmother, mother were in the Army, and sister and niece were in the Marines. Here is a picture of both my parents. They married just after WW2.

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    So many heroes in your family Ina. Thank you for posting both #15 on previous page and this #26. You have good genes Ina.
     
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    This thread reminds me of my surprise on the military service as required by the US government of young men to augment their forces in the army and navy. Once celebrated case that I remember is Elvis Presley. Some of my brothers were die-hard Elvis fans so I would hear them talking not only about the music of Elvis but also issues surrounding their idol. I couldn't come to terms at the time why a popular singer like Elvis would be forced to join the army. Why don't they give him an exemption since the guy is contributing to the heritage of the country with his performances. And as an offshoot of his army service, Elvis has made the movie Girl Happy which was shot in Germany.

    Another case is that of Cassius Clay, the heavyweight boxing champion in the 1960s (when I was born). He chose jail over serving his country as a soldier. That is unfair to Cassius and also unfair to the country. In that jail term (I think it was 3 years) Cassius Clay was converted to Islam and sported the Muslim name Muhammad Ali.
     
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    I'm sorry to be writing behind you again Corie. Believe me it's not my intention to follow you but this time I must correct your information regarding Ali.

    Cassius Clay changed his religious status in 1964 and was drafted in 1967. He was supposed to report to Co.C-4-2 at Fort Polk, La. in that same year for basic training. A deal was offered, even if denied by some sources, that after basic he was to represent the U.S. Army as a pugilist and in a promotional support status.

    Ali challenged the draft and did go to court whereby he re-enforced his position of being a conscientious objector. At that time his lifestyle nor occupation merited that status and the jury did offer a guilty verdict. He appealed and eventually won (1971) after losing his ability to fight in the U.S. and loss of passport which he later regained.
    He never served a full day in jail before his conviction nor did he serve any time during his appeal.

    IMHO........Even though Ali had two very deadly weapons attached to his body and used them to make huge sums of money he stated that he was a conscientious objector. Viewing the number of people who joined the Army as I did, and the number of people who died serving our country at the time........to me he should have been set out from our shores and emulated the sentence of "a man without a country."
     
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    :oops:It's funny that you should have this post for we are looking at old photos for my Uncle who passed that was in WWII in the 100TH infantry, to give to his son who helps my Mom. We're going to see my cousin on Nov. 23 for a doctor's request of a blood test to be done that my cousin is going to take my Mom for and we'll give him the pictures of his dad the Veteran of WWII. It brought back nice memories of the times we spent together as a family. My Uncle was the party giver in the family too so we miss him a lot. Sorry I'm not home so no pictures.
     
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    In 1967, my brother was serving in Vietnam, U.S.M.C.
    My family did not have a very high opinion of Clay/Ali. And if anyone's familiar with his quotes on the subject, they're not quotes of a conscientious objector who's morally opposed to war.
     
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  7. Will Lawrence

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    My dad served in WWII in the Field Artillery. Was a farm boy so worked the mule teams that pulled the artillery guns through Austria.

    One of my wife's uncles was killed when his bomber crashed in Germany 10 days before the German Army surrendered.

    One of my uncles was killed in the Korean War. We weren't close to that family and I never heard the circumstances.

    Our son is career Army. He served combat missions in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne. Loves jumping out of perfectly good airplanes and running marathons. Now with the 5th Special Forces Group out of Fort Campbell, KY. One of the most decorated American Culinary Society Chefs currently serving in the military. It's a long story....... My wife and I will visit his family the second week in December to celebrate and late Thanksgiving and an early Christmas... if he's not deployed. Seems to have this "sudden disappearance" thing going since being assigned to the 5th. :>)
     
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    That's interesting, Will. You have so many relatives who have served….all over the world. That's incredible. I'm very grateful for their contributions. Thank you for telling us.
     
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  9. Ken Anderson

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    No, I was among the few in my high school graduating class who didn't end up in Vietnam. One of my older brothers and my younger brother were in the Army, the former in Vietnam and the latter in South Korea and Germany. At one time, I was thinking of enlisting and mentioned that to my older brother, who was in Vietnam at the time. He sent a roster of the people he had been in boot camp with, marking off those who were no longer alive.

    My father enlisted in the Army during World War II and served for the duration. He was in the Pacific and, for a time, was a prisoner of the Japanese, although not a POW; as he described it, you had to be held in a designated POW camp in order to have Prisoner of War status, while he was a prisoner of the Japanese on an island, held in a pit for a long period of time, until the United States regained control of the island.
     
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  10. Janice Martin

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    I had a few in the Civil War, including my mother's grandfather who met Pres. Lincoln, and an 18-year-old ancestor who was captured and died 5 months later at Andersonville prison;
    Paternal grandfather & his brother served in WW I;
    During WW II, my father was a medic on a hospital ship, his youngest brother & my mother's youngest brother were stationed at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed, another uncle was an MP in Panama;
    My oldest brother served in Vietnam, youngest brother served stateside;
    The youngest of my kids is currently in the military, and so are two of our cousins.
     
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  11. Von Jones

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    I have been researching my ancestry for the past few months and realized that my grandparents had more sons that daughters all of which had served in the military. After my mother past away I was left with all her photos she had cherished over the years and I found this one of my uncle Donnie. I don't know the history but it looks like when he may have been in training when this photo was taken. He died several years ago. I have a niece who is serving in the Airforce and nephew who is now in Afghanistan as a military policeman. My husband is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

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  12. Lara Moss

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    Oh Von, what an amazing photo…an incredible find. I love the character marks of worn edges and folded marks but I also love the beauty of the photo itself. A professional can repair all of the lines that weren't part of it originally, maybe enlarge it for you, and then you could frame them both.the original and the restored one.
    Good for you to research your ancestry and find this invaluable heritage of military service.
     
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  13. Von Jones

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    Thank you Lara. I often wonder which was taken first.:rolleyes:
     
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    …maybe the same day
     
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  15. Sacheen BrightEagle

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    One of my aunts, serving as a nurse in the Pacific, was interred for two years by the Japanese. I saw the keloid scars on her back. Amazingly, she held no hatred in her heart. She was my role model in many ways. Part of the reason I work with vets, is to honour her memory. RIP ma belle.
     
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    That's very touching Sacheen. She was a very special lady.
     
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  17. Sacheen BrightEagle

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    Thank you so much Lara.
     
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