Did you or your ancestors serve? Join the Military and War Project to commemorate them! [closed]

+30 votes

Project: Military and War is an umbrella project with the following sub-projects. Note that three projects have their own join thread as well, marked "G2G post" below.

If you would like to join any of these projects, please ANSWER (do not comment) below telling us something about yourself and your ancestors who served (please remember to mention the war(s) they fought in), what sub-project(s) you would like to join. You may also want to join the Google group if it is mentioned on the project page in order to get communication from us.

Please make sure you are signed in so we can find your profile and award the project badge.

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Lest we forget

closed with the note: See new join post:https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1289279/would-you-like-to-join-the-military-and-war-project
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
closed by Natalie Trott
I would love to join. I am a Cold War veteran, my brother, the first Desert Storm, my father is a career Air Force Agent Orange Vet. My grandfather and his 5 brothers served, 2 uncles and I just found a civil war veteran. I’ll take World War II or Vietnam. Thank you
I would love to  join this project.  My father served in Vietnam, Maternal Grandfather in WWII.  Members of my family on both sides have served as far back as the Revolutionary War and all conflicts up to the present Global War on Terrorism.  I would like to be a part of all including Roll of Honor; The Great War, 1914-1918 (WWI); U.S. Civil War; World War II; Korean War; Vietnam War; War in Afgahanistan; Iraq War; Persian Gulf.  Please and Thank You.
I’d like to join the project.  At least two of my ancestors served in the American Revolution, and one served (and died in service) in the War of 1812.

Hi Edward! Thanks for joining our Project. I've awarded you your badge. Check out our task list here. Jump right in. We look forward to your participation!

I would like to join. In the over 8000 people in my family tree, quite a few were in the military. Including President Thomas Jefferson, many Military Officers, and a lot more privates in the infantry.
I would like to join. My dad served in Vietnam from 69-71. His dad served in WWII by lying about his age to enlist in the Army. He was later stationed in Germany & Korea (after the wars). My grandmother was an Army nurse when my dad was born. Her father was a Japanese POW in WWII. Another great grandfather was drafted for both WWI and WWII. I have traced other ancestors to the War of 1812 and the Revolutionary War (fairly confident on that one).
Hi, my name is Chris,I am a veteran and a avid genealogist . I would like to join this project as I am very proud of all my ancestors that served.in battle.My 5th great grandfather Abraham Heath served in the Virginia 6th regiment of the Revolutionary war from Dec. 1775 to 1783.
I would like to join,  I have relatives who fought in almost every war. My Great Great Grandfather was a Captain in the CSA during the Civil War and his Grandfather and Great Grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War. And my Great Uncle was in the 101st Airborne during WWII on D-day in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. Also a few other relatives and im proud of them all.
Hi - today and tomorrow is the anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles. I asked elsewhere on G2G for some help to remember those who were killed and we have already made progress.

At the moment I am working on a freespace page https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Battle_of_Fromelles_(1916) and I would appreciate any participants
I am particularly interested in learning more about my Maternal Grandfather, who served with the British and Canadian Armies in WWI.  He was an Engineer and Marksman and was gassed at either Ypres or the Somme. His brother also served, but I'm unsure with whom.

My Father joined the Cape Breton Highlanders and served in the First Canadian Division in Italy and Holland.

My Maternal Uncle served with the Canadian Engineers in Holland.

All of which is to say that I would like to join both WWI and WWII. Thanks!
I would like to join.  My gg grandfather George Patterson b. 1773. d. 1844.  
Sept 23, 1796, Co. F, 3 Illinois Cav.  
Also War of 1812
This info is on his grave stone.

114 Answers

+12 votes
I belong (have badges for) The US Civil War and The Great War (WW I)   both my father and father in law also served in WW II and my cousin served in Vietnam.  I have cousins who are currently serving.  Hope that helps!  Do I need to do anything else?
by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (687k points)
I don’t think so, Laura. Are you in the Google groups?
I don't know. I do get emails from some google groups on WT but not all projects have had them.  So how would I know?  Is there a way to check to see if I am subscribed to specific groups?  I think I joined these projects long before google groups were used.  I remember when they come out on one project and people had to learn how to use them.
I served six years in the army and I have numerous ancestors that server in every war this country has had so I would like to join.
+12 votes
I am an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam Era War. I served in the United States and in Japan from 8 Jun 1966 to 15 Oct 1968. (DD Form 214)

My father, Lowell King Andrews, served in WWII in the Army Air Corps putting propellers on aircraft flying the Burma Hump in India. (U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946)

My dad's sister Blanche Mary Andrews, served as an Army nurse during WWII.

My mother, Virginia Evelyn McFadden, served in the Army at the end of WWII as a clerk from 2 Feb 1944 to 29 Jun 1945. (U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010)

My older son, David Andrew Hardy, served in Germany, Kosovo, and Iraq.

My step granddaughter, Jordan McCaffery, served on board the John C. Stennis in the Persian Gulf.
by Gail Hardy G2G5 (5.8k points)
Welcome to the Project, Gail. I've awarded you your badge.
+10 votes
I would like to join your Military and War

 Project to commerrate my family's service in the United States Military.  I have several family members who served in the U.S. Military.

My Father served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

My brother, Norman Jolicoeur, Jr., served in the United States Air Force.

My grandfather served in U.S. Military in Word War I.

My great, great grandfather, Allan Wiley Prather, served in the Union Army from Indiana as Lutenant Colonel and lawyer in the American Civil War.  He is buried in Arlington Cemetery.

My great, great, great, great, great grandfather, Basil Prather served in the North Carolina Militia in American Revolutionary War.
by Anonymous Jolicoeur G2G3 (3.7k points)
edited by Anonymous Jolicoeur
Hi Maria! Thanks for your desire to join the M&W Project. I've sent you a private message.
+8 votes
I would like to join your Military Project to commerrate my family's service in the United States Military.  I have several family members who served in the U.S. Military.

My Father served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

My brother, Norman Jolicoeur, Jr., served as Sargeant in the United States Air Force.

My father served in the United States Army in World War II.

My grandfather served in U.S. Military in Word War I.

My great, great grandfather, Allan Wiley Prather, served in the Union Army from Indiana in the American Civil War.

My great, great, great, great, great grandfather, Basil Prather served in the North Carolina Militia in American Revolutionary War.
by Anonymous Jolicoeur G2G3 (3.7k points)
Hi Maria, it looks like your request might have fallen throught the cracks.  I've added the badge to your profile and we look forward to your contributions!
Thank you.
+10 votes
Sign me up, please.  Revolutionary War Period. [Revised:  I see I'm supposed to say something about my Ancestors.  I have about a dozen or so ancestors who fought in the Revolution (or the associated Indian Wars), 7 or 8 who were in the Civil War.  One or two each in WW1, WW2, Korea, and Vietnam.  Oddly, none in the War of 1812 or the Spanish American War... that I know of.  My focus at the moment is the Colonial Period  through the Revolution. Thanks!]
by Gregory Morris G2G6 Mach 1 (17.4k points)
Hi Gregory! I've badged you. Welcome to the Military and War Project!
+10 votes
Hi, I would like to join the project. I have several D.A.R. patriots in my tree who served during the American Revolution and am also a D.A.R. member. I also have ancestors in other wars like the war of 1812 and have a son currently in the ARMY. I think wikitree is the best place to preserve the worldwide tree and I enjoy helping document profiles.
by Darres Berkseth G2G Crew (500 points)
Hi Darres! I've sent you a private message.
+8 votes
Hi Pip,

I don't have any ancestors that served, however, I keep finding more and more gr. uncles, cousins, relatives, who did. I would like to join please.
by David Urquhart G2G6 Pilot (154k points)
HI David. I've awarded you your badge. Welcome to the Project!
Thanks Pip.
+10 votes
I would like to join the project(s).

Ancestors in every generation since colonial times have served.  Am currently working on learning more information about military service of two ancestry lines Cratty and Collins.

Thomas Cratty, a Scot from Atrium in Ireland, was a British soldier sent to serve during the French_and_ Indian_War.  He stayed, married, and raised a large family, many of whom relocated to Ohio on Thomas' Revolutionary Bounty land, and were involved with the Underground Railroad in Ohio (perhaps also PA and WI). Thomas first settled in Chambersburg Pennsylvania, then was one of the earliest settlers further west in Beaver County north of Fort Pitt.  He also served in the War of Independence, 1776, perhaps also War_of_1812 in which his sons also served.

Jeremiah Collins line is more difficult.  He is said to have arrived with Lafayette's troops, from France.  It has been difficult to find resources to try to verify whether or not that is the case.  I don't know if French troops served at sea as sailors, or joined the Continental Army, or both, or if everyone who arrived with Lafayette was from France.
His Grandson Jeremiah served in the Civil War.  I have recently learned that they all were Jeremiah Daniel and each may have gone by Daniel sometimes, Jeremiah other times.  At least one of then also served in the War of 1812, also.

My grandfather served as a medic in WWI, father and uncles WWII and Korea.  I served in U.S. Army 82-89 (Cold War which is more or less unrecognized, but real).

I have additional ancestors who served during the Revolutionary War, but I have yet to learn more substantial information about them.
by Mary Gossage G2G6 Mach 1 (18.8k points)
Hi Mary! Welcome to the Military and War Project. I've awarded you your badge.
+9 votes
Please consider my request to join the 1776 sub-project.  I am a 3rd cousin to Samuel Adams (Adams-42) via our shared great-grandfather, Robert Walker (Walker-741).  I have over two dozen documented ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War.  Thank you for your consideration!
by Stacey Pearson G2G1 (1.1k points)
HI Stacey! I've sent you a private message.
+11 votes

Good Day and the Best of the New Year

My interest in geneology is not new.  I have DNA testing with both 23 AND ME and ANCESTRY.  My interest in genealogy started about 30 years ago.  Both my wife and I learned much about the BONNEAU family from my Grandmother (Cecilia Bonneau nee Boyer).

I have a keen interest in Canadian Military History - a subject that instructed as a Recruit Instructor.  Also when in High School, I produced papers on the Dieppe Raid 1942 and a comparison of the Hitler / Napoleon attack on Moscow.

My specific interest is with my former Regiment - The Royal Regiment of Canada ( R Regt C).  If is interesting to note that my father in law (766877 John McGregor served with the 123rd BN CEF Royal Grenadiers (perpetucated by the R REGT C).

As a result of family related research, both my my own and my wife's is in The Great War and the Canadian Expeditionary Force.  As a former Royal, my interest is also with the R REGT C and in particular the 3rd (Toronto) BN CEF, the 58th BN CEF, the 123RD BN CEF Royal Grenadiers and the 124th BN CEF.

Recently my interest has developed into the recipients of the Military Medal (MM).  According to Wikipedia and the publication "The Complete medal roll 1914-1919 compiled by Peter Warrington and published by the Military and Naval Press, there were 115,589 medals issued in the Great War.  Of those, according to David W Love on A Nation in the Making, 12,316 were presented to Canadians (All of which are included in Peter Warrington's publication.

The following are my wife's and my relatives who provided service under the umbrella of the Canadian Forces and one with the Royal Naval Division.

766881 SPR John McGregor MM (wife's Father) who attested with the 123rd BN CEF Royal Grenadiers.  In the Canadian Engineers / Pioneer Battalion reorganization of 1918, he was transferred to the 9th BN Canadian Engineers.  Finally, he was later transferred to the 3rd Canadian Division Signals Company Canadian Engineers.  According to his personnel file he was wounded in Bourlon Wood (vacinity of Canal du Nord France) 27th Sept 1918.  John was awarded the Military Medal, but related details were elusive but with my wife's relating of her father's desciption of events and the War Diaries of the 3rd Canadian Division Signal Company War Diary, I was able to solve the puzzle.  He was citied in the London Gazzette 1919 for an incident that occured in 1918.

CZ2346 AB Thomas (Tom) Mcgreor (wife' Uncle - brother of John McGregor). Served with the Royal Naval Division (Anson BN) and died at Passchendaele and is buried in the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.

228504 Pte James Benzie (wife's Grandfather) attest with the 198th Overseas BN CEF (presently Queen's Own Rifles - Toronto).  Before leaving Canada, he was reassigned to the 201st BN CEF.  He served with the 2nd BN Canadian Mounted Rifles (presently The South Albert Light Horse) as a Ferrier (associated with the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps - looking after horses).

192282 Pte George Hadden Murdock attested with the 92nd BN CEF (presently 48th Highlanders - Toronto) and served on the Western Front with the 15th BN CEF (presently 48th Highlanders - Toronto). Wounded 2nd Oct 1918 and died of wounds 29 Oct 1918.

45627 Sgt MA Hayden McGregor Crawford A GREAT WAR soldier in interest with possible to the McGregor and Crawford (Crawford in my wife's ancestry as well)

644748 Pte Thomas Bonneau (my Mother's Father) attested with the 157th BN CEF(present day Grey and Simcoe Foresters - Barrie / Owen Sound ON) and served on the western front with the 19th BN CEF (presently Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's) - Hamilton ON)

Although these are of primary interest, I know of family members serving in the 2nd World War as well.

I have uncles during the Cold War served with the Royal Canadian Navy.  My sister served with the Canadian Air Force and the Dental Corps as well.  I have personally  served 39 years (2 yrs R REGT C and 37 with the RCN).

Am I interested in particpating with the MILITARY AND WAR PROJECT - definitely.  But that is not up to me but those in charge of the project.

I am participating with wikitree because I recognized as a tool to assist me in documenting my family tree.  I have a lot of genealogical information already but need to populate that information in the family trees for both my wife and myself.

We Will Remember Those Who Served.

From the Rising of the Sun to the Going Down of the Same - We Will Remember Them

PO1 (Ret'd) Elgin Smith CD RCN (smith-201578)

by Elgin Smith G2G5 (5.1k points)

Elgin, I see that you have been badged.  You have an impressive resume for it and I am looking forward to seeing your contributions.  Be sure to request to join the Google Groups.   I see that you already added the MILITARY_AND_WAR tag to your profile.  You'll receive alerts when G2G forum posts are made with that tag.  There is a need for more folks with military backgrounds to help with category assignments.  If you see a post and you can help to describe the category structure it would be useful to reply.

+9 votes

I am a retired Pediatrician. I have been doing intense research on my family for about 3 years. I have two ancestors in my tree that I now recognize as American Revolution patriots. Would like to join the team for their profiles Vann Davis Davis-70680 and Isaac McFadden McFadden-317. Think there are several other on the American Revolution. Will be looking at other projects as I go. I know my father served in the Korean War.

by Phil Phillips G2G1 (1.6k points)
Hi Phil and welcome!  I've added the 1776 badge to your profile.  I'll send you an email - please reply to it and we'll get you added to the Google Group.  We are always looking for contributors who are interested in the American Revolutionary War.
+10 votes

Hi I am a descendent of Robert Cates and Mary Holmes

Robert Cates served in the Revolutionary War, first as a private in Col. Benjamin Foster's regiment in August-September 1777. In August-September 1779, he then participated as a corporal in Foster's regiment in the unsuccessful Penobscot Expedition to capture Fort George in Castine, Maine.

He married Mary Holmes on September 1, 1780. Robert and Mary's family were one of the four original families of Cutler, Washington, Maine, in about 1785. They settled at the head of Little River.Theirs was one of seven households recorded as living there in the 1790 census. They were also residents of Cutler in 1800, and likewise east of Machias in 1810. He died in Cutler on June 7, 1811.

by Kim Lambert G2G Crew (500 points)
Hi Kim and welcome!  I've sent you an email.
Hi! I sent you and email back! Please let me know what I can do to contribute to the project. I am new to this joint effort and I cannot wait to get started

Hi Kim, I've added you to the Google groups, added the badge, and posted some info on your profile comments.  Welcome!
+7 votes

I would like to join. I have added a bit of the war my ancestors participated to the category page here, but the war actually needs a a space page to be more comprehensive. I have added a space for one of the battalions here So far I managed to connect about nineteen of the soldiers to WikiTree profiles. If you could somehow add it to the project, I would really appreciate it.

The other battles/war I have been working on is here to which I have been lucky to add a little over two hundred WikiTree profiles

by Louis Heyman G2G6 Mach 7 (72.0k points)
edited by Louis Heyman
Thanks, Louis. I've added your badge. Welcome to the Project.
+8 votes
I would like to join. It took me a while to understand stickers, but now that I do, I am busy pasting them on heroes' profiles. I am very concerned that so many civil war heroes have no Wikitree profiles.


father and his two first cousins


2nd GGF Bennett-22837 in the 28th Maine Infantry (2 brothers also fought.

3rd GGF Grindle-449 in the 6th Maine

3rd GGF McKay-5004 in the 30th Massachusetts and two of his sons fought in Maine regiments

2nd GGF Mercer-3603 in the Union Navy

WAR OF 1812



French and Indian


REVOLUTION--too many to list here

several more at Oyster Bay and early conflicts with indigenous Americans
by S Mercer G2G6 Mach 1 (15.5k points)
+8 votes
I would like to join the 1776 group. My ancestor Jonathan Dexter Sr served during the Revolutionary war
by David Dexter G2G1 (1.2k points)
Hi David! Thanks for your interest in the 1776 Project. I've sent you a private message.
+8 votes
I would like to join the 1776, 1812, and U.S. Civil War projects. I have several ancestors who fought in all three wars and plan to dig deeper in order to flesh out their biographies. I would love to be able to help others do the same.
by Heather Maize G2G4 (4.7k points)
Welcome to the project!  I've posted some project related information to your profile comments.  We look forward to your contributions!
+6 votes
Hi Pip,

One of my great-grandfathers served in the Korean War. Two of my great-grandfathers served in the Second World War. Two of my great-great-grandfathers served in the First World War.

My 4th great-grandfather, Robert William Bennison(Benison-36) served in the 99th Regiment of foot in Tasmania.My 5th great-grandfather, Samuel Benison(Benison-33) served in the 31st and 39th regiments of foot in the Crimean War and in India. Another 5th great-grandfather served in the Napoleonic Wars and was a captain of the 20th regiment of foot while they were guarding Napoleon on St Helena.

I would like to join the military and war project to share resources and collaborate on shared projects. In addition to that, I would also like to join the ANZAC, Crimean War, Korean War, WW2 and WW1 sub-projects.  


by Thomas Cannane G2G Crew (780 points)
Hi, Thomas. Thanks for being patient! I've awarded you your badge. Welcome to the Military and War Project.
+7 votes
Hi all,

I'd like to join this project, particularly the 1776 subproject. I am finding several Minutemen and some more formal Revoluntary War soldiers in my paternal ancestry, most from Dedham and Needham, Massachsuetts. Included are William Eaton, John Bacon, John Bacon Jr., plus I think several others which need more research. I am pretty new to Wikitree, so I'll probably need some help!
by Karen Eaton G2G Crew (620 points)
Hi Karen and welcome!  I've posted some project related information on your profile comments an have awarded you the 1776 badge.  I'll send you an email if you can reply to it I can use your email address to invite you to the project Google Group.
+7 votes
I'd like to join the Military and War Project. Both of my grandfather's served aling with some of my ancestors. I would like to join the 1776 Project, War of 1812, US Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II.
by Greta Moody G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
HI Greta! Sorry so long in responding. Your post came just as I got the flu.

I've awarded you your badge. Welcome to the project!
Hi Pip! It's okay, life happens. :) I hope you're feeling better. Thanks!
+8 votes

both my grandads served in ww2 and a 2nd cousin served and died in ww1. (there are lots of others in the tree but these are main close links.) i would be interested in adding to ww1 and ww2 groups. The cousin is also listed on the local war memorial so would this link to roll of honour?

by Amy Lackey G2G6 Mach 1 (16.0k points)
Amy, I've awarded you your badge! Thanks for your interest, and welcome to the Military and War Project.

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