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Three generations of military service.

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.

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Family names!

Family names!

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!

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Kelly family service

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.

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One family's service spans almost a century

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.

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Nebraska family has more than a dozen members who served in 20th century

Nebraska family has more than a dozen members who served in 20th century

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.

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Veteran walks 844 miles between Normandy and Berlin to honor father

Veteran walks 844 miles between Normandy and Berlin to honor father

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.

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Army veteran Clara Smith - three generations of Legionnaires

Army veteran Clara Smith - three generations of Legionnaires

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 invasion force.

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Into the Connecticut Hall of Fame

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.

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A family's long line of military service

A family's long line of military service

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.

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World War II veteran to celebrate 70th anniversary of rescue

World War II veteran to celebrate 70th anniversary of rescue

More than 10 years after its discovery, the story of the USS YF-415 continues to intrigue. It was hard to imagine when the first dives were made on July 20, 2003, that those dives would uncover history that has impacted people, connecting them to their families, re-connecting them to their past and perhaps bringing closure to a tragic accident. In July 2013, we were contacted by Lisa Bertone, daughter of Isidore “Teddy” Bertone, a sailor aboard the USS Zircon. He wanted to tell us his story about the events of May 10, 1944, and correct inaccuracies in the reports about the role of the Zircon.

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One Midwestern family, four generations of service to country

World War I veteran William Mathes' service would start a chain that links four generations of family together through military bond. Though grandson Merit Pool doesn't know the details of Willis' time in World War I, Merit said Willis did survive a gas attack while overseas in Europe.

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James Irving Hillis and sons

James Irving Hillis and sons

James Irving Hillis and his six sons have all served in the military from World War I through the Korean War. All were born in Van Buren County, Tenn.

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Memories of service from a four-generation Navy family

Memories of service from a four-generation Navy family

Four generations of the Cook family served in the U.S. Navy from World War I-era until present day. My father, Everett Ernest Cook, went to recruit training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. This is the training center where all four generations of Cook Navy vets trained. My father served about two years active duty during the WWI-era before being released as the sole family provider of farm crop, timber and animals in support of the food and provision needs of the war.

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Legionnaire counts seven generations of U.S. military service in his family tree

Legionnaire counts seven generations of U.S. military service in his family tree

Above: Harold Hamlin holds the commissioning pennant that flew from the masthead of the USS Wren the day it was decommissioned in 1946. A booth at the 1993 Kansas State Fair held centuries of intrigue for Legionnaire Harold Hamlin, a World War II Navy veteran. At a genealogy display, a visitor could type his information into a computer there and see if any family ties were found. The person operating the booth was surprised. Most visitors had come up without any luck, not even one ping.

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Five brothers serve in five branches

One room in Richard Hughes’ Arizona home, complete with models and boot camp photos, pays testament to the five in his family - a true band of brothers - who served in five different branches of the military. Richard was a Navy signalman, serving from 1953-1957, and did tours in Japan and Australia. Donald served in the Marine Corps from 1955-1958, joining, his brother Robert, because he was “bound and determined” to become a Marine - he liked the uniforms.

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My father's family history of veterans

My father's family history of veterans

Edgar Hood and Myrle McElroy of Waxahachie, Texas, proudly raised four sons and one daughter and served as wonderful role models for their children. They taught them to be true to their calling and persevere, applying themselves to whatever life presented. They were always to love and respect each other, as well as serve their community. When duty called on Dec. 7, 1941, their sons honored their country and left for war. John, the oldest, had never considered the military as a career but the attack on Pearl Harbor changed that viewpoint and he enlisted in the Navy the following morning.

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Family with one member serving continuously for 70 years receives Sullivan Brothers award

Family with one member serving continuously for 70 years receives Sullivan Brothers award

When veteran Richard Marvets heard about the Sullivan Brothers Outstanding Military Family award, he thought his clan might be a contender. In fact, so many Marvets had recently served, he needed help just to gather all the names. He enlisted the aid of his nephew, Bill. The five Sullivan Brothers served aboard the same cruiser and were all killed in action during World War II when that ship was sunk.

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WWII Purple Heart recipient reunited with his dogtags 69 years after service

WWII Purple Heart recipient reunited with his dogtags 69 years after service

Just a few days after Christmas, the Department of Veterans Affairs contacted a son of Alfred Cabral, Sr. The department had Cabral Sr.'s dogtags, now sandblasted but still mostly legible, found near Anzio, where he'd landed almost 70 years ago. Contact was made only three weeks shy of being 69 years to the day, Jan. 10, 1945, when Alfred had been wounded. Domenico Cianfriglia had been walking the beach at Nettuno, Italy, a small town outside Anzio, when he came across the dogtags.

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Surprising historical find offers Legionnaire link to great-grandfather who served in Civil War

Surprising historical find offers Legionnaire link to great-grandfather who served in Civil War

On a trip to Providence, R.I., Legionnaire Donald Roeske uncovered quite a surprise as he was browsing the archives at the historical society: his great-grandfather’s name in records of Civil War regiments. Frederick Roeske, a German immigrant, had remained mostly a mystery to Donald, who knew only his origins and that he landed in Providence. “That part of history has faded away from me,” he said.

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One brother recalls story of seven WWII vets from his family

One brother recalls story of seven WWII vets from his family

Richard Reuss was the youngest of his family to be drafted during World War II. He had five brothers and a brother-in-law who all had been taken before him. His brother Norman served in the Army Tank Corps, Vernon was a paratrooper who wound up in Japan and Melvin was in the Air Corps as a radioman. Their brother-in-law, Roy Roos, was in the Air Corps, "caught" by the lottery before America officially entered the war. His oldest brother, Alfred, Jr., drove a gasoline supply truck and was attached to Gen. George Patton’s Third Army.

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