Doyle Sanders
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Doyle Sanders

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Doyle Sanders
Born 1940s.
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Brother of , [half], [private sister (1950s - unknown)] [half], [private sister (1950s - unknown)] [half] and [half]
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I was born in the Jack Thomas House in the early morning hours of April 15, 1947, in Leitchfield, Grayson County, Kentucky to Calvin Sanders and Oma Francis Wood. My father was 26 and my mother 16, and would not turn 17-years-old for another 7 days.
Following World War II, my father was hired as a Town Marshall of Leitchfield, but my Dad could have been poster-boy for PTSD. The big city of Louisville pulled him away and he went there to work, he remained in Louisville for almost the rest of his life, he retired early age 62, and he and my step-mother Alba Mae McCorkle moved to Bonnieville, KY in 1985.
My early life was spent in Edmonson, Grayson and Hart Counties, but my teenaged years were spent mainly in Louisville, Kentucky.
I enlisted at age 18, and served in the U. S. Marine Corps for twelve years, spending two tours in Vietnam as a Naval Gunfire Spotter (F.O.). I was a horrible math student in high school, but I quickly learned, out of necessity, algebra and basic trigonometry.
After Vietnam, I applied for and was accepted for Embassy Duty. Every U.S. Embassy around the world has a Marine Security Detachment that provide personal security for the embassy staff and the highly classified materials stored there. I served at the U.S. Embassy, Ottawa, Canada for a year and then the U.S. Embassy, La Paz, Bolivia also for 14 months. I retrained in armor spending five years in Tanks with deployments to the South China Sea in 1971 and the Mediterranean Sea for six months following the Yom Kippur War in the Middle East in 1973-1974 and two-and-a-half years in Public Affairs as a Combat Correspondent. I can truly say, I have, "been there and done that." I was medically retired from the Marine Corps on 24 June 1977.
Following military service, I attended the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona on the GI Bill studying documentary photography, journalism, minored in political science. Between jobs in 1980 I worked as the Theses and Dissertation Editor for the Graduate College of the University of Arizona. I really didn't know that there were government grants available to study quail droppings. I spent many long evening hours chasing lightning in Arizona. When I moved to Oklahoma I picked up tornado chasing that could be done during the day time.
In 1992 the newspaper I was working for in Tulsa closed its doors and closed down, I retired and my wife, Dr. Susan O'Brien, M.D., asked me to stay at home with our two younger children. I volunteered at their school and conducted interpretive reading classes during the lunch period. I led a fairly rough life as a Marine and I am paying the price with painful knee joints and hands and fingers, but staying home with my two children, exposed me to the toughest job in America, raising children. My hat is off to all of you stay-at-home Moms.
In 1983 I began to take an interest in my genealogy, I had time on my hands, and thanks to being married to a physician I was able to put many hours into gathering information and talking to long lost relatives also involved in genealogy. I am not my own grandfather, yet, but I am a fifth cousin to my Father and Mother. I have an Aunt who is a fourth cousin, half fifth cousin on my Sanders side, and when she married my mother's brother, Randall Wood, she became my Aunt. I have a great Uncle who is also a 2nd cousin.

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photo_of_week.gif Your photo of Uncle Charlie is the winner of the Family History Photo of the Week for 25 August 2017.

This week we have your last stop on the guided tour. Hopefully, you're feeling like a WikiTree pro! If not, you can always revisit the tour stops via the comment boxes on the right side of your profile.

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posted by Mary Richardson
Hi Doyle,

You've been a WikiTreer for several weeks now! We hope your profiles are starting to come together and that you've enjoyed getting to know all of us a little better.

You are probably getting a good feel for the collaborative nature of WikiTree by now. Since collaboration isn't always easy, we've put together a few pointers that can make working in this type of environment a little easier: How to be a Successful WikiTreer.

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posted by Carole Partridge

t's time for your next stop on the guided tour!

This week, we'd like to show you How to Join in the Community. There's no shortage of opportunities to get involved through social media, our forum, and projects.

Be sure to check out the One Name Studies Project to see if anyone has started a project for one of the surnames in your family. Don't see one? Follow the instructions for starting your own!

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posted by Mary Richardson
Hello Doyle, I am interested in hearing more on the history of the history of the Sanders/Saunders from Clinch River, VA to the Cumberland Valley, along with the other settlers lead by James R. Robertson. Looking forward to reading more. ~ Kathleen
Hello Doyle,

You've been here a week now, and we hope you enjoyed your first stop on your guided tour of WikiTree and were able to make good use of the things you learned.

Our next stop will give you some pointers on how to make your profiles stand out: How to Edit a Profile.

As always, your questions are welcome!

Susie - Wikitree Messenger :-)

Doyle, you can also add your y-DNA haplogroup M-269 using Other DNA Test (assuming you were not tested with FTDNA.)
posted by Bill Vincent Ph.D.
Hi Doyle,

Thanks for joining us! I’m David, a WikiTree Mentor. Hope you're enjoying our site.

Did you have fun learning your way around WikiTree yesterday?

I just wanted to check in and see how things are going. Do you have any questions I can answer?

David ~ Wiki Mentor

posted by David Selman

Doyle is 19 degrees from Cecil B. DeMille, 26 degrees from Rosalie Neve and 19 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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