William "Vern" Williams' niece and nephews and Uwe Carstens kneel beside his grave in Winfred, S.D. From left to right: Gary Williams, Kay Julius, Uwe Carstens and Ken Williams
When Uwe Carstens knelt in front of William "Vern" Williams' grave in Winfred, S.D., it was a trip that took him decades into the past, halfway around the world and brought him full circle.
People ask why the military active, reserve, guard, veteran, retiree and their families get so upset with those who choose to buy a uniform, place a whole host of decorations and badges on it then prance around as if they actually accomplished what they are showing.
The First Amendment allows these impostors the freedom to express themselves as they see fit. If they choose to express appreciation for the military by wearing the uniform of a particular service then they are free to do so.
Photo | Shane James III, Philip Manning's great-grandson, poses in front of the American flag.
As he expected, Philip Manning was drafted in 1954. His entrance into military service was somewhat typical. Somewhere along the line his name had been misspelled.
"The whole time I was in the Army it was spelled with two Ls. Do you think I could ever get that corrected?" Manning joked.
He headed to Missouri for basic and then to Camp Gordon, Ga., for second basic training, which was in the Signal Corps.
My name is Robert D. Kowell. I'm a member of American Legion Post 1980 in Woodland Park, Colo. This story is about my dad, who was in the Army in World War I.
He was blown up in an ammo truck in France, I believe. He survived the ordeal. He had been sprayed with shrapnel in his back and did not want to go to the medic for care, knowing he would be removed from his unit; so another soldier patched him up and went back to fighting.
Joseph Schreiber returned to the United States near the end of World War I, having been sent to Germany as a child after the death of his parents. Though he missed his opportunity to serve, he would see several of his sons go on to fulfill their duty.
Joe Schreiber served 32 years in the Navy, retiring as a master chief. Les Schreiber also joined the Navy, serving for 20 years before also retiring as a master chief, brother John Schreiber said. Their step-brother, Larry Steuber, died at Pearl Harbor. He wasn't yet 20 years old, John said.
My father was in World War I. He was a chef trained at Fort Devens, Mass. He served in France. My brother served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was an air traffic controller and served in Thule, Greenland, and at Mathis AFB in California. I was in the Coast Guard 1959-1963, stationed at Coast Air Station, Salem, Mass., and Coast Guard Air Detachment, Naples, Italy.
Grandfather (Eddie P. Johnson) served in World War I.
Father (James R. Johnson) served in the Korean War.
I (James E. Johnson Sr.) served in the Vietnam War.
My brother (Willie M. Johnson) served in the Persian/Saudi War.
All were in country.
My father, Alexander W. Farrow, went into the U.S. Army in 1915. He rose to the rank of sergeant. When the U.S. went to Europe to fight in World War I, dad went over as a member of the Yankee Division. He was an artillery sergeant and he led a squad into no-mans land in several of the many battles in France as forward observers directing artillery fire. He was given a citation for bringing back to the rear a wounded squad member.
Photos: from left, James E. Brown; Harold W. Brown; Elmer E. Brown; and Donald J. Brown.
My three brothers and I cover four branches of service: the Marines, Air Force, Navy and Army. But it didn't start with us. The Brown family has served our country a long time.
Our great-grandfather John Williamson Brown served in the Army during the Civil War from 1863-1864. Our grandfather Isaac Williamson Brown served in the 3rd Infantry Division during the Spanish American War from 1898-1901.
Our father, Elmer Elsworth Brown, enlisted in the Army during World War I.
George Fain's friend Bobby Adams returned home from the Marines decked out with gear and a sharp, crisp green uniform. Fain took that sight in and discovered a new direction.
"And that sold me on the Marine Corps," Fain said. He served in the Pacific as a Marine throughout the islands surrounding Pearl Harbor. He tried to sign up once, but too young (and too small to pass as older) he was told to wait. He did, until he was 17, at which point he got his father Van L.
It’s been more than 13 years since the passing of my dad, John “Jack” Gothreau, who died in October 2001. In tribute to his memory and to all those who served in our nation’s conflicts I thought it worthwhile to share the experience of my dad’s family in World War II.
Five of 10 children would heed the call to service. Dad, as well as his brothers Chris and Eugene, went to the Pacific theater, while brother James was sent to France, and sister Marge served as a naval nurse stationed at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, N.H.
My father enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in September 1948. During his career, he served in munitions and then spent 18 years in EOD. He retired as a SMSgt on Sept. 1, 1969. My father served in Okinawa during the Korean War, later in Texas, Maine, England, South Carolina, Canada and New Mexico.
On Sept. 2, 1969, I enlisted in the Army and served as an instructor in the Army Signal School at Fort Monmouth, N.J.
In the spring of 1995 my son enlisted in the Arkansas Army National Guard in a Signal Unit. He did his AIT at Signal School at Fort Gordon, Ga., in 1996.
Navy Lt. George Wells, Father!
Army Maj. Paul Bratton, Uncle!
ANG PFC Billy Rose, Cousin!
Marine LCPL Darrell Wells, Cousin!
ANG Col. Jackie Rose, Cousin!
FLIGHT OFF RAF Andy Duncan, Stepfather!
USAF Capt./TSgt. Andrew K. Duncan, Self!
My father was in the U.S. Army from 1948-1952, boot camp at Fort Dix, N.J., served as Army of Occupation Japan and the Korean War (three combat tours), and was attached to the 1st Calvary-27th Ordinance Group.
The Schwaderer family has served in the U.S. military since World War I. These are the veterans in our lineage, to the best of my knowledge. Should I have missed anyone, add them to the list of proud Americans that have served our country.
William Schwaderer, Sr., served in World War I. His unit is unknown.
William Schwaderer, Jr., served in an unknown unit in World War II.
John Schwaderer served in the 106th Infantry Division during WWII.
I served in the 32nd Army Air Defense Command (ADCOM) from 1969-1972.
The Frederick and Agnes Beierman had 16 children; seven served in the Armed Forces, and five brother-in-laws did as well. Gerald Beierman said his father was a World War I veteran.
Melvin Beierman, the oldest brother, served from 1942-45 with the U.S. Army in Africa and Italy.
Don Beierman, the second oldest, served in the Air Force. Gerald, the youngest son, said separation from the service caused the family confusion among the younger children.
Photo | James Joseph Pelosi's father, 1st Lt. James Vincent Pelosi, in uniform, some time between 1942 and 1945.
The year 2014 marks many significant anniversaries in American military history, particularly for World War II buffs. For James Joseph Pelosi, a West Point graduate and retired Army officer whose first tour of duty was with the Berlin Brigade, it marks three dates he will commemorate: June 6, the 70th anniversary of the landings at Normandy; Sept. 30, the 65th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift; and Nov.
Mrs. Clara Smith turned 95 on May 15, 2014. She was born two months after The American Legion was formed in Paris, France, after World War I. On Saturday, May 17, we held a wonderful dinner to celebrate her 95th birthday and to honor her 50 years of continuous membership in The American Legion.
Mrs. Smith served in the Army during World War II as a clerk typist,
often called "Remington Raiders" because of the manual Remington
typewriters they used. Clara's late husband also served during World War II and landed in France on D-Day, June 6, 1944, as part of the Allied
My father and I are both veterans (of World War I and World War II), are members of The American Legion, and have dedicated ourselves to public service. Together we have over 118 years of service to our country, the Legion and our local community.
The legislature of the State of Connecticut - with the help of The American Legion - elected to establish the Connecticut Hall of Fame. I was one of 86 members selected for this award, and I traveled to Hartford for the induction. The award is based on the public service committed to by the veterans selected.
This is a picture of my daughter Annabelle, taking a peek at her shadow in front of a World War II memorial in Pittsburgh. She doesn't know it yet, but her family has been serving in the military proudly to make sure that she can live freely.
Her great-grandpa, Malahon D. Cole, served in the Army and great-grandpa, Philip F. Palmatier, served in the Navy. Her grandfather, Brent Cole, was named after his Uncle Berwin Cole, who died in World War II. Brent (my father) served in the Army and National Guard.
On her other side of the family her grandpa, John Reeder, also served in the Navy.