Which hero of World War II are you most closely connected to?

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This week in the Connection Finder, we're featuring Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, a noted veteran of both World War I and II, in honor of Veterans Day (known also as Remembrance and Armistice Day).

Featured alongside him are other World War II heroes:

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WikiTree profile: Bernard Montgomery
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (477k points)
reshown by Chris Whitten
Charlie Brown..11 degrees 4th cousin 2x removed..through my Cunningham line

27 Answers

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18 steps from Bernard Montgomery and 15th cousins. But also 18 degrees from Charlie Green and Tom Derrick and 19 from Vivian. Some closer profiles this week.
by Ben Molesworth G2G6 Pilot (131k points)
selected by Lola Kelley
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I am 18 degrees from Charlie Brown. No blood relationship but marriage brings me close.
by Gurney Thompson G2G6 Pilot (205k points)
+9 votes

20 degrees from Charlie Brown

33 degrees from Daniel Bouyjou-Cordier

26 degrees from Tom Derrick

20 degrees from Edward Dunlop

20 degrees from Charlie Green

25 degrees from John Lavarack

26 degrees from Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque

38 degrees from Dorie Miller

20 degrees from Bernard Montgomery

32 Witold Pilecki

20 degrees from Vivian Stratham

Thank you Kenneth Evans for making four of these profiles and to Isabelle Martin for making two of them,  Bien joué and well done.
by Will Palmer G2G6 Mach 8 (80.6k points)
edited by Will Palmer
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My closest is also Bernard Montgomery at 18 degrees.
by Roger Stong G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
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18 degrees from Charlie Brown.

21 degrees from Bernard Montgomery. 11th cousin 4 times removed. MRCA Agnes (Moncreiffe) Scott (b. abt. 1525).

21 degrees from Charlie Green.

24 degrees from Edward Dunlop.

24 degrees from Philippe Leclerc.

25 degrees from John Lavarack.

25 degree from Vivian Statham.

26 degrees from Tom Derrick.

30 degrees from Dorie Miller.

33 degrees from Daniel Cordier.

33 degrees from Witold Pilecki.
by Frank Blankenship G2G6 Mach 3 (32.0k points)
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18 degrees from Charlie Brown
22 degrees from Vivian Statham
22 degrees from Bernard Montgomery (17th cousins, 1x removed)
25 degrees from Charlie Green
25 degrees from Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque
27 degrees from Edward Dunlop
28 degrees from John Lavarack
28 degrees from Tom Derrick
34 degrees from Dorie Miller
36 degrees from Witold Pilecki
36 degrees from Daniel Bouyjou-Cordier
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 5 (51.2k points)
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by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Pilot (109k points)
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I have a connection to each of them, but am not directly related to anyone in the group.
by Pamela Parker G2G6 Mach 1 (11.5k points)
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I am most closely connected to Edward Dunlop and Vivian Statham at 24 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (116k points)
+7 votes

20 degrees from Charlie Brown and Bernard Montgomery.  Both are distant cousins.

If George C Marshall counted, I could bring that down to 11 degrees. His second wife was married to my 3rd cousin twice removed. 

by Steve Ryan G2G6 Mach 2 (20.2k points)
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18 from Charlie Brown! Thank goodness he was the closest. The second closest is someone I'd rather not be closest to. laugh

by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
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My closest connection is Bernard Law Montgomery.

We are 17 degrees apart and he is also my 17th cousin!!
by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (945k points)
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Connected most closely to Charlie Green (14 degrees), followed by 'Weary' Dunlop (18), and Vivian Bullwinkel, 'Diver' Derrick and Sir John Lavarack (all 20).
by Kenneth Evans G2G6 Pilot (167k points)
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I am most closely connected to Charlie Brown at 20 degrees of separation.

by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (410k points)
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I am 26 degrees from Johnnie David Hutchins (1922-1943). He is a WWII Medal of Honor recipient and was KIA in WWII.
by Dennis Hutchins G2G6 (9.6k points)
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I am 8 steps from Capt. Colin Purdie Kelly (1915-1941).  He is my 3rd cousin, 1x removed.  Capt. Kelly was a US Army pilot and a graduate of the Military Academy at West Point.  He was assigned to Clark Air Field in the Philippine Islands, flying B-17 bombers, and was among the first to respond when, on Dec. 10, 1941, the Japanese Imperial Navy began an invasion of the Philippine Islands.  He and his crew flew with no fighter escorts and only three bombs in the bomb bay.  But he and his crew were able to cripple a cruiser in the invading fleet before they turned back towards Clark Air Field.  The bomber was overtaken by the faster Japanese Zero fighters and fatally damaged.  Capt. Kelly held his B-17 bomber level in order for his crew to bail out of the plane but he didn't get out and died in the crash.  He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his skill and bravery in allowing his crew members to exit the doomed plane.  He was lionized at the time for his sacrifice in the Pacific War but his name is little remembered by today's generation.
by Michael Kelly G2G1 (1.2k points)
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Closest at 17 degrees to Bernard Montgomery.  He is also my 16th cousin.

Just one more cousin from this grouping:  Charlie Brown, who is a distant cousin--20th cousins, once removed.

by Cheryl Cruise G2G6 Mach 4 (47.8k points)
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I don’t know about the others, but one of the greatest hero’s of WWII was my father in law. James Russell Fitzgerald. USS Houston CA 30. Sunk off Java March 1942, Swim 15 miles to shore, Captured by Japanese Taken to Burma spent 3 1/2 years in and on the Bridge on the river Kawi. For 3 1/2 years he Was jamming Japanese equipment to slow down work on the rail road. Constantly getting beat by the Korean guards. One day he was on KP to make rice balls for Japanese Infantry battalion . Instead he made Mush of the rice. Another beating and kicked off KP. He made sure there was no other POW was around for the Japanese to blame.  He died 1999.
by Alfred Smith G2G6 (9.3k points)
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Charlie Brown and I are 8th cousins once removed and 18 degrees of separation.  This was a great find with a great military story.
by Robert Ellinger G2G Crew (480 points)

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