Have you participated in the Question of the Week yet? Every Friday a genealogy-related question is posed to community members in our G2G Forum. You can join in the fun and share a little about yourself and learn about your fellow WikiTreers! Follow the tag “question_of_the_week” to get the new question each week.

Last week we asked “What medal or honor was awarded to one of your ancestors?”

Here are just a few of the answers we received:

  • My Great-Uncle Jimmie McCarthy was one of only two men killed on November 9, 1942, when their Liberty Ship, Edgar Allen Poe, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine off the cost of New Claedonia, Noumea, New Zealand.  His body was never recovered.  He was  posthumously awarded the Mariner’s Merit Medal. – Loretta
  • SGM Augustus Barry who served in the American Civil War in the 16th U.S. Infantry for the Union Army. He received the Medal of Honor on February 28, 1870 for his actions in Tennessee and Georgia during the war. – Dorothy
  • My father’s unit, the 320th Bomb Group, USAAF, flew with the 12th Air Force in the Mediterranean theater. They got a unit citation for the Croix de Guerre, with palm, for action in preparation for and in support of Allied offensive operations in central Italy, April through June 1944. My Dad used to have a copy. They also had a couple of Distinguished Unit Citations for operations in northern Italy and ins support of the invasion of southern France. – Ross
  • My grandfather, Dean Patrick, served in World War 2 with the Marines, and again in the Korean War with the Army.  He received a Purple Heart after getting shot during the Battle of Tarawa.  In his words, “I also earned the American Defense Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with 5 Battle stars, Meritorious Unit ribbon with 2 stars, Korean Ribbon, U.N Service Medal for service in Korea, the Occupation Medal for service in Germany. Was in 5 Major battles in the Pacific, took part in the liberation of the Philippines, was machine gunner in 2nd Div., 40 M.M. anti aircraft gunner on the USS Idaho.” – Dave

If you have an ancestor who received a medal or honor, it’s not to late to chime in here!  You can also join in this week’s question: Do you have any Mayflower Ancestors?  Not sure? Use our Mayflower Passenger Quick Links to check.


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