52 Photos Week 27: Patriotic

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)

Patriotic can be address in many ways ... however, since it is the 4th of July week, it made me think of the Revolutionary War.

I have many ancestors who participated in the War ... Three (3) of the about 20 so far bloodline ancestors have been approved as Patriots by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).

I have a photo of the three Certificates from the SAR ... not really a photo of the person ... but are photos of the certificates ... not many cameras in 1776?

Thank-you everyone for the great photo's.

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This is a photo taken about Nov 1944 of my parents on the left. I believe these people were true patriots. My father, MSgt. C.A. Lovelace Jr., on the left; Sgt. Charles Markowitz , center; and Sgt. William Davenport Jr., right, gave their lives on 29 May 1945 when the B-29 they were flying was hit with flack and crashed off the coast of Japan. I also include my mother as a patriot, as she spent the rest of her life working at the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City caring for our veterans.

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Mach 5 (55.7k points)
selected by Zola Troutman
Another amazing photo Alexis I think your parents sitting on the left look gorgeous,

It does make me so sad your dad lost his life together with sgt william, how absolutely terrible to loose your love one.

Special when you look at the photo how happy they both look

Thank You for sharing this wonderful photo and sad story
Thank you Susan for your sweet comment. I like seeing my father so happy in this photo, as I know my parents loved each other very much during their three years of marriage.
Thank you for continuing to share your photos of your parents. You keep them, and what they fought for alive. I love that your mother's arm is entwined with your father's in this photo. Thanks you for sharing it.
Thank you Robin for your lovely comment. I am in the middle of working on the profile for Charles Markowitz, as his bother and I will be together at a WWII reunion in two weeks.
What a beautiful photo.  I love the expressions on their faces. I am very grateful for their sacrifice but the loss of the promise of what could have been is revealed on their faces and makes me sad.  Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Caryl for your very insightful comment.

There is no greater patriotism than to give your life for your country. Thank you for sharing him with us. 

And, another comment, I suspect your picture of him posted last week under travel inspired Eowyn to select Patriotism for this weeks topic.  

Thank you Jim for your wonderful comment. Eowyn has certainly made me dig through photos albums and boxes, but it has been a good thing.

Excellent picture for Patriotic Week. I am so sorry that you lost your father in the War. Both he and your mother make such a lovely couple and look so happy in this picture. Yes, your mother is patriotic. She had a very dignified career. What could be more patriotic than taking care of the Veterans. 

All family member of service men and women are patriots when their loved one is in harms way.
Thank you Cheryl for your lovely comment about my mother. Like I wrote before, she had the beautiful red hair like you;  and though she only wore a medical technologist uniform, I consider her a great patriot.
You are so sweet, Alexis. My husband worked at our Veterans Center for 34 years. Although he was unable to enter the Air Force because he had to take care of his elderly parents (he was the youngest of 12), I think he felt that this was the closest he could do to fulfill his patriotic duties.

I think your mother was very heroic. She was also beautiful. Bet she was gorgeous in her uniform with her "red" hair!
Yes Cheryl, I have learned from being a DAR that one does not have to wear a uniform to be considered a patriot. Many of the members ancestor furnished supplies or aided the revolution in some way. It is wonderful that your husband was able to be there for his parents and then work at the Veterans Center for 34 years.
Thank you Alexis. I will tell him, and I know he will smile.
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Private First Class Gordon Wiborg, USMC taken in 1938 before the Second World War on the farm where he grew up. The qualification badge on his far left breast denotes Sharp Shooter (Sharp shooters were paid more during the Second World War). The other bar shows qualification badges for other weapons.

Private First Class   Gordon Wiborg USMC. Photo was taken in 1938 before the US entry into the Second World War . The qualification badge on his far left breast denotes Sharp Shooter. The other bar shows qualification badges for other weapons. He went "in harms way,"  serving as Gsgt at the Battle of Guadalcanal, the Battle of Tarawa (where his company officers and half of the men were killed in the assault), the Battle of Saipan, the Battle of Tinian,  and the Battle of Okinawa as well as being part of the occupation forces in Nagasaki, Japan (location of the second atomic bomb attack) before being honorably discharged in 1946.

by Jim Wiborg G2G6 Mach 3 (31.6k points)
edited by Jim Wiborg
Amazing photo, Thank You for sharing it and the amazing story
Great photo! Great story! Thanks for sharing them.
Susan & Robin - Thank you! I normally just enjoy the pictures, only occasionally adding one. This uncle just seemed to fit this category.

And Susan, thanks for coaching me when I first posted. It was another sign that I don't post here often.

Thank you for the positive feedback.
Thank You for your kindness Jim

I been looking into your profile and you have some amazing old photos, I certainly enjoy them, and I hope you will share them here on Wikitree 52 photos. Because you have a treasure of photos.

Glad I could help you out. My pleasure.
Great picture for Patriotic Week. Love the badge for being a sharp shooter. Should have gotten one for being a sharp dresser!
Thank you Jim for adding Gordon and his very impressive military record. I also looked at your photos and hope to see more from you.
It really is hard to top the Marines - hard chargers, every last one of them.
thanks for sharing Jim, great photo. Not much different from the uniforms we had in the early '70's.

Answering multiple comments is a challenge:

Susan observed: "you have some amazing old photos." I'd not looked at them for a while, and was surprised to find 560 photos on my watch list. About half are letters, gravestones and bible fly-leafs, but some are photos I'd just plain forgotten.

Appreciate Susan & Alexis encouraging me to share more of them!

Cheryl - You were right. Marines wear their dress uniforms with pride, and he certainly looked a Marine.

SJ  – My brother, who was also a Marine, would agree with you. Marines are hard chargers & expect to be ”in harms way.”

Rodney -  You are right, that Dress uniform hasn’t changed much in years (and still looks great). I see that you also were a Marine, and in another era where you could count on seeing combat. Thank you for your service!

Good looking marine!  Thanks for sharing.
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Jens Nielsen was my great grandfather. He was a soldier and a drummer

He died in a military garnision in Copenhagen

Unfortuly he died only 34 years old in garnision hospital in Copenhagen

by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (2m points)
Thank You Caryl for your comments you are always so sweet
Thank You Alexis, how sweet of you to mention, how sweet of you.

I certainly love your photos too they are amazing

Excellent picture for Patriotic Week. So sorry you lost him in a military garrison in Copenhagen, and at such a young age. I always love your pictures, Susan.

Thank you for sharing.

Thank You Cheryl for your kindness and comments you are always so wonderful
I saw just the hat and thought, "This has to be Susan's photo!"  And sure enough ;-)

You have the best photos Susan!  I think you must have had a photo studio in the family for the last century!
Thank You SJ you are always so sweet with your comments,

I think my dads and his family took many photos I have so many after my father

You certainly share some amazing photos too I just love old photos I can never be tired looking at members photos
A handsome fella he is! So sad to have died so young.

You have a photographic goldmine, Susan, and in,Ive it when you bring out a little nugget like this.
My "picture lady of Denmark" has given us another great picture.
Thank you Pip for being kind
Thank You Rodney for being kind
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Here is my father Vic Hills in 1939, just after his 20th birthday. He joined the T.A. when he realized the war was coming and remained in the Royal Army Service Corps until 1946.

by Christine Frost G2G6 Mach 3 (32.7k points)
Christine gorgeous photo of your dad what a wonderful photo.

I just love his glasses
Agree with Susan's comments.

And I love that wool shirt! It can't have been comfortable against the skin, but surely it was warm.
What a wonderful photo. He looks so pleased to be in uniform. Thanks for sharing this.

Excellent picture for Patriotic Week. He doesn't look 20 at all.  Very handsome in his uniform.

Thank you for sharing.

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This is my mother's uncle Biagio who served in Italian Army during First World War

by Gina Spatafora G2G1 (1.2k points)
Gina thank You for sharing this wonderful photo of your mother’s uncle,
What a wonderful photo! He looks so dignified. Thanks for sharing it.
Great old photograph! Thanks for sharing.

Excellent picture for Patriotic Week. Love his mustache. You are very lucky to have a picture this old. I love his hat on the beautiful chair, and his uniform. Very unique.

Thank you for sharing.

Lovely photo, thanks for sharing!  Do you know what his rank was - I'm guessing Sottotenente (Second Lieutenant)?
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I wish I had a photo of my 3x great grandfather William "Riley" White.  He served in the Union army during the civil war along with his brother John.  Riley survived the war but his brother was killed at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse.

by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (122k points)
Thank you for sharing this photo. The gravestone shows his patriotism even without his picture.
Thank You Caryl for sharing this wonderful photo of your ggg great grandfathers stone what a wonderful gravestone
Thank you Caryl for sharing his story on his wonderful profile. It was sad that he had a leave his brother’s body behind in such a terrible war.
Exceptionally well written WikiTree entry on him. And a moving picture. Thanks for sharing him.

Excellent picture for Patriotic Week. You don't need to share a picture of them for it to be patriotic. Just seeing the gravestone tells all we need to know.

Thank you for sharing.

Someday I'd like to drive across the country and see all the tombstones of my ancestors - amazing pic, thanks for sharing.
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My father (the third from the left) and some of his army comrades during military service in Sabadell (Barcelona, Spain) in 1962.

by Margarita López Gila G2G6 Mach 1 (10.3k points)
Great photo!  Thanks for sharing.
Wonderful photo Margarita where your father are on the photo

This photo is a great treasure and thank You for sharing this wonderful photo
Thank you! Yes, I love this photo :)

My father is the trird guy from the left. He was 20 years old then.
Excellent photo. Thanks!

Excellent picture for Patriotic Week. I love this picture. Are they above water? They had to have great balance on that board.

Thank you for sharing.

Super photo - looks like some great mates!  Every time I go to Banc Sabadell from now on, I'll remember this pic wink

Yes, Cheryl, they are above the water. And I admire their balance too!

SJ, Do you live in Spain?
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Dug into the personal archive for this one.  The stars and bars flying inside the wire in Tarin Kowt Province, Afghanistan.  Old Glory was not allowed to be flown outside the wire, where it could be seen outside the wire, or in public places.

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (527k points)
edited by SJ Baty
Great flag SJ thank You for sharing
Thank you for your service cousin.  I appreciate all that put themselves in harms way on behalf of us.  I am proud of you!
Great photo -- very poignant. My nephew, who recently died, served in Afghanistan.

Excellent picture for Patriotic Week. I love seeing the stars and stripes flying where ever it is. Atop a building, in the yard or a motorcycle driving by.

But this picture tugs at my heart. One year ago, we lost 2,372 US Military deaths, 20,320 American service members had been wounded, and 1,720  US civilian contractors were killed because of the War in Afghanistan.

Thank you for sharing this picture, SJ

Thank you SJ for sharing your personal photo of our flag flying in Afghanistan.
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I am sure I have used this image before. Anyway this is of my grandfather (Roy Thompson - on the left) and 2 of his brothers (Harry and Norman Thompson) who served with the NZEF during WW1.


by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (578k points)
Thank you Robynne for sharing this wonderful photo of your grandfather and his brother,
I don't mind seeing it again!  It is a great photo. I love the details of the uniforms. Thanks for sharing.

Excellent picture for Patriotic Week. I had to read up on the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, so I knew what your grandfather and his brothers served with during WWI. 

Robynne, their uniforms look different, so I am wondering if the man sitting down was with a mounted unit, and your grandfather and his brother with another unit because of the armor bags, or whatever it is they are wearing across their shoulders.

This picture is so clean and clear. I love it, but you always have awesome pictures.

Thank you for sharing.

Cheryl, I went back into the Archives to look at their military records.

I think Norman is the one sitting down in front. He was with the Engineering Corps, which makes sense. Because he was a lawyer. he had been to university and was the "smart" one.  He may also be sitting down because he was still recovering from an injury.

Roy and Harry - the two at the back - were with the Artillery. Roy was noted as being a gunner - which matches the ammunition belts they are wearing.

I hope that helps!!
Thank you Robynne - you didn't have to go to all of the work, but it does satisfy my curiosity.
A very interesting photo.  Did they all return home from the War?
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My grandfather, James Lawrence Lawson Sr., was in the U.S. Calvery, chasing the outlaw Pancho Villa around until he retreated to Mexico. This picture was taken earlier when my grandfather was about 19 years old.  He lied about his age to get into the service so by this age he was a seasoned military man.  I love that he posed with our flag and that he bothered to have the picture colored.  It seems he was rightfully proud of himself.

by Pamela Culy G2G6 Mach 1 (18.1k points)
Thank you for this photo and the story. It seems we don't see many from this time period.
Excellent photo and story. I see he also served in both world wars, so he was indeed a patriot to be proud of. Thanks for sharing him with us.

Excellent picture for Patriotic Week. Your grandfather looks a lot younger than 19. How exciting that he was chasing Pancho Villa (a name that everyone knows).

Thank you for sharing this picture.

I love the colors, by the way.

Wonderful photo of your grandfather thank You for sharing this wonderful photo and story
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This patriotic photo is of my father-in-law, Andrew Shaules, as a Marine. It was taken in 1942. 

He was only 19 years old at the time. I do not know what the medals are for. Do any of you?

by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (272k points)
Not sure Robin, but the medal on the right looks similar to the marksmanship metals we had in the early '70's. Thank-you for posting this.
Thank you, Rodney. We do have some photos of him in uniform apparently practicing his markmanship.
The one on the right is a marksmanship award and the bars above it are probably "pistol," "rifle," and grenade or machinegun.  Can't tell what the other bar is or if it is even a ribbon - look for some other pics - you don't still have the uniform and/or medals do you?  You might find on some of his military docs also.

Marine muster records show he was 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines during the war. The 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines saw extensive action at the Battle of Guadalcanal, the Battle of Tarawa, the Battle of Saipan, the Battle of Tinian and the Battle of Okinawa. He was, no doubt, “in harms way” and appears to be one of those fortunate enough to make it through. Thanks for sharing him with us.

Excellent picture for Patriotic Week. Robin, you dad is so cute in this picture. I say that because there is no way he can possibly be 19. He looks so young, almost like he was playing dress-up.

But reading the comments above, he was not a kid when it came to what he did in the war. Marksmanship medals, and fighting in the Battle of Guadalcanal - and coming home alive.

He must be your hero!

Thank you for sharing his picture with us!

Thank you for that SJ. No, we don't have any of his war memorabilia or papers. I don't think any of the family does, unfortunately. Do you know how I might get copies of any of the papers?
Thanks, Jim. That's good information. I didn't know any of that and my husband was surprised as well. His dad never shared much of his war experiences. They seemed to have been very traumatic for him.
Thanks, Cheryl, for your comments. Actually the photo is of my father-in-law who I never had the pleasure of knowing. He died about two years before my husband and I were married. But all of his nine children cared for him a great deal.

My dad was in WWII but not in such a frontline position. But he was still my hero -- he was a great dad.
I am sorry Robin. Guess I didn't read the heading correctly. Of course he would be your father-in-law with the last name Shaules. Well you husband must be very handsome.

Your dad was your hero like my dad was mine.

You are a sweetheart!
thank You for sharing this wonderful photo of your father in law, what a wonderful looking man Robin
Thank you, Susan. You're always so kind.
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Here is one of Patriots in the family. Albert Pountney who served as a Private in the 2nd Light Horse during World War One.

by David Urquhart G2G6 Mach 3 (38.7k points)
Excellent writeup.  Curious about the picture you chose, I read his article. I see Albert was seriously wounded in the Battle of Romani, and in later life was a victim of PTSD - one of many in WW I.  Knowing that "he always had his dog with him while he was back home after the war" helps understand the picture.  The dog was an early service animal.

Thanks for sharing him, his dog and his service with us.
Thank you Jim. It's the only photo that I have found of Albert.

Excellent picture for Patriotic Week. Albert was a casualty of war that is not counted in the numbers. A Victim of PTSD, or what they called back then "Shell-Shock". Unfortunately, not knowing much about it then, they weren't quite sure how to treat it.

Many soldiers were just called cowards. Thankfully, Albert must have gotten someone that was a forward thinker, and he was able to get a service dog to help him.

I am very grateful to Albert for his service.

Thank you for sharing his story and picture with us.

Amazing photo David, of Albert I love his dog thank You for sharing
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The oldest patriotic photograph on either side of my family is of my dad's great-grandfather, John Christian Geisenhener (later Geissner).  He immigrated to the US from Saxony in 1854 and served in the Civil War in Company D, 20th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry.  He fought at Prairie Grove (where he was wounded), Vicksburg, and at the Sieges of Ft. Morgan and Spanish Fort.

by K. Anonymous G2G6 Mach 6 (61.2k points)
What a great photo, and so clear. He was a very handsome young man. And thank you for the history as well.

Great early photograph. And well documented. The “Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. Volume II, Page 148” shows that John Geisenheimer was a Corporal who volunteered on 18 August 1862, was wounded at Prairie Grove & mustered out 14 July 1865, having served honorably through the conflict. Thanks for sharing him with us.   





Excellent picture for Patriotic Week. Thank you K for sharing this civil war picture with us. This is an exceptionally clear picture of a very handsome young man who looks like he would be far more comfortable in a class room than a battle field.

Thank you again for this picture.

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I have quite a few ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War, but no photos of them. All "official" documents concerning them I got from websites that probably make the photos copyrighted.

So, I am going to use my great-grandfather, C.C. Stoner again, as I believe he best fits the topic.


This photo was taken soon after my great-grandfather came home from the Civil War, and married my great-grandmother. It may even be their wedding photo. C. C. enlisted in Indiana, along with his brother, and three cousins. Some people claim that the Civil War was just political, to keep the south from seceding, but my family fought to end slavery. The patriotic and religious ideal that all men were created equal was preached in their church, and my great-grandfather came back to marry the minister's daughter. He and his family were zealous to free the slaves. Of the five, my great-grandfather was the only one to survive the war.

C. C. Stoner moved to Kansas after the war, and served in government (also patriotic). While he came from a farming background, and considered himself primarily a farmer, he also studied law, served as Justice of the Peace, Probate Judge, and served in the Kansas State Assembly. He forsook the Republican party when he felt that they were too beholden to corporations and the railroads, and joined the People's Party.


This is a photo of him with his family, around 1890, when he was serving as Probate Judge in Concordia.

by Alison Gardner G2G6 Mach 4 (40.9k points)
edited by Alison Gardner

Excellent picture for Patriotic Week. Thank you for sharing the story of your great-grandfather C. C. Stoner.

It takes a patriotic, honorable man to stick to his guns, and fight for what he believes in even if it goes against what some of his friends may believe. Obviously, he truly believed he was right, because he continued fighting for those same rights, even as a judge.

Thank you for sharing these pictures and his story.

thank You Alison for sharing this two wonderful photo

They are wonderful, Of your great grandfather and grandmother

The photos are real treasure

A wonderful wealth of detail on your great-grandfather. Made a great read.  

Those were tough times with a country divided. I endorse Cheryl's comment above, "It takes a patriotic, honorable man to ... fight for what he believes in even if it goes against what some of his friends may believe. "

And he may actually be partially in uniform in the wedding photo. Some units (in both the North & the South) wore pants with a stripe. 

Thanks for sharing this patriot with us. 

I thought that too, about the pants. Maybe the boots, also.
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52 Weeks Photo Week 27 Patriotic - I wish I had a very old picture of a relative to share, but I don't.


I am sharing the story of  my husband's 4th great-grandfather and his family with you. 

Johannes Hess Jr. (my husband's 5th great-grandfather) was the second son of Johannes and Catherine Lubosin Hess.

Johannes Hess Jr. was born May 5, 1722 at Palatine in the Mohawk Valley, NY. He married Anna Margaretta Young: The Record of Johannes Hess Jr. and his children was obtained from an old Hess family Bible in Schenectady, NY by Mr. Henry M. LeRoy, whose wife was a Hess. The Johannes Hess home was used as a Fort during the Revolution, and known as "Fort Hess". Quoting from "The Historic Mohawk", by Mary Riggs Deifendorf, published by G.P. Putnam's Sons; "Quite a number of the more substantial private houses were made ready for defense (during the Rev.) among which might be named the old Van Alstyne building, and Forts Ehle, Failing, Wagner, Fox, Hess, Klock...", page 198. Also "Frontiersmen of New York", Vol.II, pages 382-383.

His father was Johannes Hess Sr., who married Catherine Lubosin, August 1711, presumably in Holland. Their oldest son, Augustine, served in the Revolution with five of his sons, from him was descended F. Judson Hess of Rochester, NY.

So before Johannes Hess Jr. is even born his grandfather and five of his great-uncles have already served in a war, and his grandfather was killed by the Indians. I think I wrote about him in another story.

Now four sons of Johannes Hess Jr. served in the Revolution, his oldest son John was Lieut. in Colonel Jacob Klock's Reg. Tyron Co. Militia and three younger sons were in the same Regiment - Frederick (my husband's 4th-great grandfather), Dewalt David, and Daniel. Johannes Hess Jr was killed by Indians about 1768-1770. A sudden attack by marauding Indians forced him and his family to take refuge in the woods, taking with them what food they could hurriedly seize. After a few days, thinking the Indians had left, he ventured from their hiding place, but they were lying in wait, and captured him, scalping him and killing him, within hearing of his wife and children. The family remained secreted for some time longer, when two of the boys ventured to return to the house, which the Indians had burned. They were captured by the lurking Redskins, and dragged away. Daniel, aged 9, escaped the second day, but Frederick aged 16 years was kept prisoner for 3 years. 

. The record of Frederick's service taken from the payroll, from the New York State Library at Albany reads as follows; "Cert. #38334, for $2, dated 26 October 1782, Issued to Fred' k. Hess for services as private in Captain Philip Helmers' Company of Colonel Jacob Klock's Reg. of Tyron County Militia (Palatine District)" "Cert. #38420, for $1-13s-9 1/2d., date burned, issued to Fred'k. Hess for services as private in Captain Peter Wagoner's Company of said Regiment."

As previously stated, Frederick Hess Sr. and his younger brother were captured by Indians, shortly after his father Johannes was killed by them. Quoting from a paper written by a grandson - Daniel McDougal Hess in 1883 - "My grandfather was taken prisoner by the Indians, when a mere lad, he was made to travel for three days without giving him a morsel to eat, the reason they gave for doing so, was that they thought at the end of that time he would be willing to eat such food as they gave him. They kept him a prisoner for three years, but he gained their confidence, and they allowed him to hunt and fish when and where he pleased without anyone to accompany him. He secreted ammunition in small quantities at a time - to avoid suspicion, and also some provisions; when his arrangements were all made, he started one morning as usual to spend the day hunting and fishing, but he soon cast away his fishing-rod, and took the most direct course he could for home. He traveled only at night and lay secreted during the day, and knowing the great sagacity of the Indians in following their game, he took every precaution he could to escape them, whenever he found a fallen tree, he would walk the length of it and then jump as far as he could, and if he happened to bend down or break a weed, he would right it up or remove it, to obliterate all trace of his track. After traveling many miles through a dense wilderness, without a path or anything to guide him but the sun and stars, he arrived at home in safety."

So, because of him, my husband was born.

by Cheryl Hess G2G6 Pilot (504k points)
What an amazing story, surviving three years of capture, but he must have learned a lot about survival in that time to have been able to escape. This reminds me of Mary Rowlandson, but her capture was only three months. Thanks for sharing this, as it is extremely interesting.
Wow Cheryl thank You for sharing the story, Of your husbands 4 great grandfather this is so amazing

Thank You for sharing
Thank you Alexis and Susan!
I, too, have to say Wow!!  Cheryl, what an amazing story! It is so interesting to think of how our lives would be so different if one incident were changed.  Because of Frederick's bravery you married who you married.  Thank you for sharing this.
Thank you Robin. It is amazing how history works, and how one incident could change a whole line of our ancestry. Though my husband is not interested in genealogy it fascinates my to no end.
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My great-grandfather, Jess Palmer, at the beginning of his service in World War I.

I've read enough about his service to know that the war would have been a rough experience for him. His division saw a lot of intense action, and he was assigned to wagoner duty, which was probably a disheartening job for anyone who cared about horses.

But I like that at this point, he still looks young and excited and proud. He's not quite smiling, but he looks like he wants to be. 

by Jessica Hammond G2G6 Mach 1 (14.5k points)
Jessica, what a fabulous WWI photo with the flag behind him. He looks so young and proud to serve. This is a great photo for Patriotic.
thank You Jessica for sharing this wonderful photo of Your great grandfather

He look adorable
There is no doubt that he was a patriot, going in harms way voluntarily.

But WOW, your write-up on Jess Palmer could provide the plot for a Great American Novel.

Volunteering to serve in France.  War stories that resemble "All is Quiet on the Westetrn Front." A touch of "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree?)"  when he got home. Marriage to a younger woman. The financial (and personal) struggles of the Great Depression.  World War II and its prosperity combined with sacrifice. Becoming obsolete as demand for boilermakers dropped when diesel electric replaced steam on the nations rails.  Separation (and near divorce). And finally death in a collision with a locomotive - possibly one of the locomotives he spent much of his life working on.    

Thank you for going to the trouble to capture that story. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Thank you so much! I knew very little about my great-grandfather, so I really enjoyed learning about his life to write his biography.

I knew very little about World War I too, so I enjoyed learning quite a bit about that into the bargain.
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This is my grandfather Ralph Stewart Shane at 78th Division Headquarters in Semur, France in April, 1919 during WWI.  Sadly, the photo is badly damaged but I'm always hoping a descendant of one (or more) of the other men will  see it and say that they have a better copy of it!  And, as always, I also hope that other descendants of the men in the photo will see it for the first time and have a new photo of their ancestor!  :)

by Susan Yarbrough G2G6 Mach 1 (14k points)

Your Grandfather is an excellent choice for this category, as were all the men in this photo & all the men in the 78th during WW I.  His Division saw action at St. Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne; & Lorraine 1918. 

Thanks for sharing it with us. 

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This is my grandfather Ralph Stewart Shane (center, second from the front) at 78th Division Headquarters in Semur, France in April, 1919 during WWI.  The photo is damaged but I always hope when I post it that other descendants of the men in the photo will say that they have a better copy of it!  I also hope that descendants of the other men will see it for the first time and have another photo of their ancestor!  :)  

by Susan Yarbrough G2G6 Mach 1 (14k points)
+6 votes

This is my grandfather Ralph Stewart Shane (center, second from the front) at 78th Division Headquarters in Semur, France in April 1919 during WWI.  The photo is damaged but I'm always hoping that a descendant of one of the other men might say that they have a better copy of it.  And, as always, I would also love it if descendants of the other men would see it for the first time and then have a new photo of their ancestor!   

by Susan Yarbrough G2G6 Mach 1 (14k points)
+7 votes

Certificate presented to Charles Arnold Sears (1846-1917) for his service. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts to Charles A Sears, U S Army honoring the faithful services of her sons who formed a part of the land and sea forces of the United States employed in supressing Rebellion and maintaining the integrity of the Nation has by a resolve of the General Court of 1869 directed the undersigned to present you this Testimonial of the people's gratitude for your patriotism. Given at Boston this nineteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy. by the governor J W A Cunningham Atty Gen William Claflin governor

by L. Ray Sears G2G6 Mach 2 (24k points)
Excellent choice!

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