Question of the Week: Who are the military heroes in your branch of the tree?

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In honor of Memorial Day, let's talk about our ancestors who died in military service -- famous or not.

asked in The Tree House by Julie Ricketts G2G6 Pilot (254k points)
edited by Julie Ricketts
Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives for their country.  

The only family member that I know was my Gr-Gr-Grandfather who died fighting for the Confederacy---and BTW was acknowledged as an American by an Act of Congress.

Captain Robert Sevier (1749-1780) who was mortally wounded in the Battle of Kings Mountain, during the American Revolutionary War. He left behind a wife and two very young sons, the youngest yet a babe in arms.

My Nan was evacuated to the country in WW2 to a farm in Wales with her sister. They were treated very badly and had to steal the rabbit food to survive.

I am a little late posting this , One of my father's brother's Clarence James Isleman enlisted in the Canadian Forces even thou he was a US citizen during WWll before the US was involved 


I was told he was involved in the Battle of Dunkirk 

Canada, WWII Service Files of War Dead, 1939-1947

Name Clarence James Isleman Birth Date 21 Mar 1917 Birth Place Toronto, Ontario, Canada Residence Place Toronto, Ontario, Canada Death Date 24 Mar 1944 Service Number A22131 Force Army Regiment Essex Scottish Regiment, R.C.I.C. Rank Private

Find a grave  his actual birth place was Toronto, Ohio

Among many others in my ancestry who served and are hero's my 1st Cousin 2x removed Lt. Kenneth Walter Lindsay (1920-1944) stands out.

He flew with Leonard T. Duval, they crashed, were captured and Lt. Kenneth W. Lindsay died in battle.

Here is his story told by Lt. DuvaI:

None of direct ancestors gave their life for the USA that I know of. My 5 great grandfather John Stewart Sr is said to have been wounded at the Battle of Monmouth in 1778 and afterward renamed his son from James to Scoby in honor of the the help he received from another soldier named Scoby.

A direct ancestor Timothy Willetts, a Quaker, was shot by Colonial militia on suspicion of harboring a Tory fugitive in 1777 in NJ. Reading the account of it told by his descendants it's clear that they were deeply embarrassed that Timothy was a Tory sympathizer.
My ggggrandfather, Alexander S. Jones, fought for the Union in the 2nd NC Infantry. He was captured and died in Andersonville Prison on July 4, 1864.

He was not quite 57 years old.

(from NY State)  Civil War:  Daniel Tuthill, Artillery Officer (his two sons Edward and Clarence survived with disabilities).  WW1:  Otto Sees (Russian POW).  WW2:  Walter Sees - awarded metal of honor.  

Right off the top of my head would be, Lt. William Daniel Walker Sr. and his father Col. John Rutherford Walker, the both served in the American Revolutionary War at Kings Mountain where the family's property was at. My father Dawson Joseph Walker served in the Korean War and I believe my Great Uncle Harol Prescott Walker served in World War II.

I'm fortunate, in that, although my father didn't serve, I have a long linage of service in my family. From the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War (on both sides) and all the way down to present times. I have four uncles who served as well. I, myself,  retired from the Army, and my son served in the Air Force.

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My father was in the Navy and his ship was blown up on D-day. He was 1 of 5 men to survive. He then went with the infantry to land on Normandy Beach that day and received a Purple Heart.  He then was drafted into the Army for the Korean War. His brother also served in the Army.

My mother's family was very involved in the Revolution and her ancestor was a scout fo George Washington.  The whole family fought for our independence
answered by Barbara Cutter G2G6 (7.2k points)
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My father, Francis Patrick Dorgan. He was drafted into WW2 and survived the whole war and was involved in the storming of Normady! He was a widowed father also, and did a great job of raising three children.
answered by Mary Alvarado G2G3 (3.4k points)
edited by Mary Alvarado
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There are many heroes in my lineage. I would have to acknowledge my mothers cousin, Ronald Dexter, who was KIA in Vietnam.
answered by Jaime Ruiz G2G Rookie (260 points)
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My dad's brother Dewey Mariott was a Chief Petty officer on the USS Nevada at Pearl Harbor -

wish I had more on his profile but daddy did not talk about family much and I never met most of them
answered by Navarro Mariott G2G6 Mach 5 (59.8k points)

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