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

+24 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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in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
edited 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 Caption 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.

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I would like to join the Military and War project to learn about my ancestors' service in the French and Indian War, the American Revolutionary War, the Civil War and WWII.  Most people don't believe me when I mention I have identified over 20 ancestors who served in the American Revolutionary war.  In fact, I will soon add a link to each of them at my home profile page.  Consequently, I am very proud of my patriotic heritage and I would be honored to include a 1776 badge on my home profile page to reflect my interest in this project.  As a proud American who believes this is and always will be, the best country in the world, I look forward to using this project to learn more about not only my patriotic ancestors, but others as well.  I truly believe being called an "American" is the result of the achievement of my ancestors and words cannot express my gratitude to them.  Thanks.

"A people which take no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors, will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered by remote descendants."  Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay

by Anonymous Williams G2G6 Mach 6 (60.5k points)
edited by Anonymous Williams
Hi, John! Sorry so long in responding. You caught me just as I got the flu.

I've awarded you your badge. Welcome to the Project!

John I've added you to the Google Group.

Pip, sure its the flu? surprise

Since I posted this original message back in February, I discovered I also have an ancestor who served in the French and Indian War.  So, I also added the tag and a sticker to my profile page. Thanks.
I would like to join the project of 1776. Thank you!

Hi Kelly, I left a message on your profile comments: you need to reply as an 'answer' to the main topic on the first page.
+7 votes
I would like to join.  I have many ancestors who served.
by Beverly Ahrens G2G6 Mach 6 (61.0k points)
Hi Beverly! I've awarded  you your badge. Welcome tot he Project!
+6 votes

I would like to join the WW II project because my great-uncle, Sidney A Swift, was a Captain in the Corps of Engineers during World War II. He was killed when his unit, the 1392nd engineer forestry company was shelled outside of Monschau during the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest. He was the only casualty.

by Lisa Wilson G2G1 (1.5k points)
HI, Lisa! Welcome to the Project. I've awarded you your badge.
+6 votes
Hello, I'm interested in 1776 project. My answer on some of my ancestors is Camp-1064, Quinn-5242, Wofford-7, LaForce-107 (Tory), Woodson-18, Smith-62545, Smith-74252, Lipscomb-291, Willis-2603, Lipscomb-292, Tate-1801.

Thanks, Jennifer Wood
by Jennifer Wood G2G1 (1.4k points)
Hi Jennifer and welcome!  I've added the 1776 badge and some project information to your profile.  We're looking forward to your contributions!
Jennifer, I've added you to the Google Group.
+6 votes
I served in the US Navy from 1977-1995. My father served on a minesweeper in the Navy during Korea. One uncle retired from the US Air Force in the early 1970's. Another uncle served on an aircraft carrier and a cruiser in the US Navy during Vietnam, while yet another served two tours in Saigon as a Marine during Vietnam.

I would like to join and add my project Space:Cold_War as a sub-project, along with my projects Space:41_for_Freedom and Space:USS_Lafayette_SSBN_616.

Gary Christopher
MMC(SS), USN(ret.)
by Gary Christopher G2G6 Mach 2 (20.8k points)
Hi Gary, I see that the badges have been added - be sure to sign up to the Google group if you haven't already done so.

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I have three direct, proven ancestors that contributed to the American Revolution.  Each have descendants that are DAR.  I want to bring them up under the protective umbrella of the 1776 project, so when I source the profiles someone can't come along and delete all my primary references to their RWS.  They are  Bailey-25585, Dobson-3271 (sic: Dodson), and Ragland-697.  So, yes, please count me in.

by Anonymous Britain G2G6 Mach 2 (25.1k points)

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B. I've awarded you your badge for the M&W Project. Welcome to the Project!
+6 votes
I served in the British Royal Air Force for 28 years around the world. My father served in the Norfolk Regiment during the 20's in Bermuda, Egypt, India and China. My maternal grandfather served in the Royal Flying Corps in WWI and his sons served in the RAF and Royal Engineers in WWII.

I am interested in the MIA's. Missing in Action, no known graves. Is there a separate Category?
by Peter Rushen G2G2 (2.1k points)
Welcome to the Project, Peter! I've awarded you your badge.
+6 votes
I would like to join the 1776 Project. I am working on one of my great grandfather's Runions-37 who served in the Revolution as a Patriot. Shortly after the war he migrated north to Ontario, Canada and ended up serving in the War of 1812 for the British.

I have at least two other known 6x great grandfather's who also served and/or provided civil services during the Revolution.

The Military tradition continued through the generations, with two great grandfather's serving in the Civil War,  and later my Uncle's served in Korea, my father was in the Air Force during peace time and my son in this latest conflict.
by Dee Bekman G2G3 (3.1k points)
Hello, Dee. Welcome to the Project. I've awarded you your badge. Glad to have you aboard.
+6 votes
30 year veteran of the U. S. Navy. Retired as a Command Master Chief in the Submarine Force. Most of my family relatives and ancestors have served in the military. My father William Llewellyn Powell (Powell-14364) served in WWII and retired as a Commander in the U. S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. My grandfather William Jenner Powell (Powell-14365) served in France during WWI as a Major in the Army Corps of Engineers. Too many of my ancestors served during the Civil War and Revolution to list, but here are a few. Civil War: g-grandfather William Cuthbert Powell (Powell-14465) g-grandfather Edward Sumpter Taylor (Taylor-56620) 2nd g-grandfather James Edward Watson Lane (Lane-14061). Revolution: 4th g-grandfather Leven Powell (Powell-8274) 3rd g-grandfather Simon Taylor (Taylor-44320) 4th g-grandfather David Humphrey Brooke (Brooke-1276).
by Bob Powell G2G Crew (820 points)
edited by Bob Powell

HI Robert! Glad to have you aboard, I've awarded you your badge for the Military & War Project. Here is a link to the Project's guidelines.

We look forward to your participation!

Thanks, Pip.
Hello, Robert,

MMC(SS) Retired. Qualified on Lafayette in Jan 1980; plankowner and EWS on USS Alabama SSBN 731, last boat was Key West SSN 722. Glad to see you here.

Gary Christopher
Hi Gary,

Thanks for replying. Good to hear from you. I was on the 617 (Alexander Hamilton) in the late 60s early 70s. First qualified on the Tirante SS420 out of Key West. Even spent some time    submerged with the commissioning crew on the Florida SSBN728 conducting casualty drills  between launch and commissioning. Seems we have a few overlaps.

Best regards,

+8 votes
I would love to join, as I have (currently) 5 generations going back 160 years with military service, starting with :

1st Cousin (5 times removed) - Frederick LEE - 2nd Regt of Foot (1859-1867), then 105th Regt of Foot (1870-1878). Served in China, India and Aden

G Grandfather - James LEE - 3rd Battn, Royal Berkshire Regt, (1894-1900). Mobilised to Africa (2nd Boer War) with 2nd Royal Berkshire  Regt (1900-1902). Then joined the Royal Army Service Corps (1915-1917), serving in France before being discharged overage.

Grandfather - Leonard George LEE - Royal Artillery (LAA) (1941-1946). Served in North Africa

Dad - Leonard James LEE - Royal Army Ordinance Corps (1946-1950)

GG Uncle - James Henry LEE - RN 1915-1928

And finally me - RAF Police (1983-1992). Then joined the Army Reserve (1997-2019). Served in Northern Ireland, 2nd Gulf War and Afghanistan.

So - a family tradition...… Hopefully there won't be too many Colonial era Redcoats in my tree, as I reckon I'm well outnumbered! :-)
by Keith Lee G2G Crew (650 points)
edited by Keith Lee
Keith, welcome to the project. I've awarded you your badge.
Thankyou Pip
+6 votes
I would love to join.  I served USMC, desert shield/desert storm 1989-1995. brother served in Navy 1978-1982.

my father was in WWII, many Uncles served as well.

grandfather was in WWI(picture in unifrorm and draft card), my 3GGrandfather served 1862-1865 (American Civil War).  I have his military records and paperwork for his widow applying for VA assistance

working to see if I have any relatives in Revolutionary war.
by Lela Cook G2G3 (3.2k points)
Welcome to the project, Lela. I've awarded you your badge.
+6 votes
I would love to join the 1776 project. As a first step, I would like to know if it would be appropriate to ask for Project Management for [[Allan-1259|Col. John Allan]], who was instrumental in gaining Wabanaki support for the patriot cause in Eastern Maine during the Revolutionary War?
by David James G2G6 Mach 1 (13.1k points)
Hi David and welcome!  I've awarded you the 1776 badge and added the project template to Colonel John Allan's profile.  I also posted some project related information to your profile comments.  Be sure to sign up to the Google group!
+6 votes

I am interested in joining this group and the 1776 Project. I am a former Sgt. USMC (Cold War, 1980 to 1984 Active duty. 1984 to 1986 Reserves) Hollywood Marine. One Child is already is a veteran (SGT Florida Army National Guard). Both my parents and two uncles served during WWII. The list of names and actions starts to get really long after that so, If you want more, I will be happy to provide it but it may take me a while.

I am Honor Roll, Pre 1700 Certified, Mayflower Project, and working on becoming a certified DataDoctor.

by Jeff Michaelsen G2G4 (4.1k points)
You're in for both, Jeff. Thanks for joining both projects! We look forward to your contributions.
Hello Pip,

        Thank you, Is there anybody in particular in the 1776 group I should contact or just post to there Tag?

SJ Baty is the 1776 Project leader:


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I am Mark Rogers, descendent of Rhodam Rogers who fought in the Revolutionary War. Also Rhodam's Grandfather was married to Elizabeth Mason who, after John's death was re-married to a Dr. Daniel Jenifer and were the parents of Daniel "of St. Thomas" Jenifer, Revolutionary war participant and Signer of the Constitution.
by Anonymous Rogers G2G1 (1.8k points)
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I thought I did this already, but I guess I didn't answer correctly.

A much beloved patriarch in my family, Rhodam Rogers (Rogers-29796) served in the revolutionary war.

It is a time period of great interest to me because it is so rich in history. I also have another person connected to my family tree (a half brother to Rhodam above), Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer (Jenifer-12) who not only fought in the revolutionary war but was a signer of the Constitution.

I would like to join the 1776 Project. Sorry if I omitted pertinent information in my previous post.

Thank you,

Mark Rogers (Rogers-29787)
by Anonymous Rogers G2G1 (1.8k points)
You're in, Mark. Thanks for joining the 1776 Project. I've also added the Military & War badge in addition to the 1776 Project badge.
+7 votes
I would love to join this project.  My father served in the Navy in Vietnam, maternal grandfather (Marines) WWII Pacific. Members of my family on both sides have served back as far as the American Revolutionary War and all conflicts up to the present Global War on Terrorism, including as participants in NATO campaigns.  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; Korea; Vietnam War; War in Afgahanistan; Iraq War; Persian Gulf.  I have discovered through Find A Grave and Billion Graves that I have over 200 individuals buried within the perimeters of 63 National Cemeteries across the country, including 13 at Arlington alone.  Please and Thank you.
by David Owens G2G3 (3.6k points)
Sorry I'm late on this, David., I've awarded you your badge. Welcome to the Project.
+7 votes
My father was a Fleet Air Arm pilot in the Royal Navy during and after WW2, and I also joined the RN.  I noted that only one entry appeared in the category Royal Naval Air Station, and it struck me that there was scope for further work there.  I was advised to join the group so that I could help to improve the sub-categories of Royal Navy.
by David Barrington G2G1 (1.2k points)
Welcome to the Project, David. I've awarded you your badge.
+7 votes
Dear project leaders,

my father, grandfather, the paternal grandfather of my wife  and a lot of sibblings of my ancestors fought in WW II.

My grandfather, the maternal grandfather of my mother and his brother and some other sibblings of my ancestors fought in WW I.

Some ancestors fought in the Napoleonic wars and the German-Danish war 1864.

So I would like to be member of these project.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G6 Pilot (682k points)
At the moment I'm most interessted in WW I and WW II.
No answers since 14th of June? Is the project closed?
Hello, Dieter. Sorry this is so late in coming. I've awarded you your badge. Welcome to the Project.
Thank you very much, Pip
+6 votes
I served U.S. Army HHC VII Corps. My husband served USMC Reserves. My uncle served three tours as a Vietnam War helo gunner.
by Stephanie Fuller G2G Crew (660 points)

Welcome to the project Stephanie!  I've added the M&W badge to your profile.  Be sure to sign up for the Google Group.

+6 votes
I would like to join the VIETNAM_WAR project to celebrate my uncle's service, and explore my husband's BF.
by Stephanie Fuller G2G Crew (660 points)

Welcome!  The Vietnam War Project uses the same Google Group as the main Military & War project.

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