My ancestor, Thomas Lovelady, was an enlisted man in both the North Carolina and South Carolina militias during the Revolutionary War, at Guilford Courthouse and the Battle of the Cowpens. His rank was that of a corporal, and in company with eleven militiamen who were returning from Cross Creek, near New Bern where they had been sent to rout some Tories. Being very tired and hungry, they stopped on Stinking Creek at the home of an old Dutchman named Adam Appel and asked for food and lodging.
My great-great-grandfather, Caspar Esphorst, served in the Enrolled Missouri Militia for the Union Army in the Civil War.
My grandfather, George H. Esphorst, served with the 35th Division, 1st Infantry, Company D of the U.S. Army during World War I and participated in the Argonne Forest battle.
My father, George W. Esphorst, served in the 2nd Marine Division during World War II and was wounded during the landing on Saipan.
My older brother, Eric G.
My father, Ralph Eugene Riley, was a decorated Marine who was wounded in action on Sept. 15, 1944, at the Battle of Peleliu (which took place on what is now Palau).
This would be what the National Museum of the Marine Corps calls "the bitterest battle" of World War II: Japanese gunners inflicted more than 1,100 casualties on the First Marine Division on the day my father was wounded.
Besides Peleliu, my father served within the enemy zone of operations in the Pacific Theater from 1942-1944, including campaigns at Guadalcanal, New Guinea and Cape Gloucester.
His name is John R. Glod. He was born Jan. 3, 1944, and served in Vietnam where he was injured and lost his full eye, but still has one left from the grace of God. I don't know if he recieved a Purple Heart or not. I would like to know if, with your experience, you can find out what his family can do to request a Purple Heart. We love him dearly and would like to see him honored for his sacrifice from our Great Military.
My father, Howard E. Proper Lamchick served in the Army of Occupation
during World War II. He was a medical corpsman.
A strong family man, he worked hard as a blue collar worker both
at the Brooklyn Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn, New York and the
U.S. Submarine Base in Groton, Ct. His field of expertise was
A powerful American Citizen and U. S.
Growing up as most boys do playing army and raising cane throughout the neighborhood. The military was always visable as all branches had members at one time or the other. one item always caught my eye in my uncles house, only 8X12 bronze in color with a tank in shadow above a map of Europe. As I got older I started questioning what it was no one would answer till I was about 15 when my aunt sat down with me one day and explained what it was.
My sister appointed me family historian, on Marco Island, FL in 1999. She said, “You have to do something besides hang out as a beach bum and chase ladies.”
Now in 2013 I can relate a portion of my family tree and their military service.
The Plaisted family has had a family member in every war ,since Roger Plaisted whom was killed by indians in Maine, to my service during Desert Storm. My grandfather Lawrence Bechard WW2 served in Army, Rhineland, Ardennes, an Central Europe. My father Delbert Plaisted who served in WW2 on a Liberty Ship, Atlantic war zone, Pacific war zone, Philippine Liberation (with stars). He also served during the Korean war in the Army. My brother Charlie Plaisted served during the Vietnam war in the Navy. Raymond Bechard whom was killed in Vietnam.
My Grandfather fought in France in WW1
My Father was an Army POW ,captured in the Battle of the Bulge. While being a POW in 4 different camps,he escaped
twice,and was re-captured.After being bruttaly beaten ,he was sent to Dachau where he was finally liberated.
I myself was in the Marines,stationed in Viet-Nam,68-69.
Today my Daughter is carrying on our family military tradition in the Army Reserve
I've followed my family legacy in being a Legionnaire. My grandfather, Boyd W. Stone, Sr. was a veteran of WW I (2nd Div.) and WW II (2nd Military Railway Service in the ETO) and was Commander of Terminal Railroad Post 85 in St. Louis, Mo in 1938. My Dad, Boyd W. Stone, Jr (5th Army Airforce, Pacific) was a veteran of WW II and Korea and held many offices with Thoman Boothe Post 338 in Overland, MO. I, Donald R. Stone, served during the Vietnam era and am a Past Commander of New Berlin, WI Post 488, and Historian for District 1 of the Wisconsin American Legion Riders.
My Dad, Ross Charles Tench married my Mom (Margaret) in 1938 and had a beautiful baby girl on their anniversary in 1939. Another baby girl followed and then a boy. World War II had started and Dad first worked for the government at a Blimp Base in Elizabeth City, NC followed by a stint at the Naval Yards in Brunswick. Ga. By the time 1943 rolled around Dad enlisted in the US Navy and served onboard the USS Providence CLG-6 until the war ended in 1945. Four more kids would follow, another girl and three more boys.
The rich heritage shared by the Isenberg family members, who are humble offspring of generations of Patriots, includes being direct descendants of “Sir Robert the Bruse”, the last King of Scotland and having relatives who traveled to America on the Mayflower. “Our family has a tradition of military service, said LTC (RET) Robert W. Isenberg. “Family members have served in every war since the French and Indian War in the 1750s to present day”. From the Bruce line we have 15 Revolution War ancestors. Our dad, LTC (RET) George W.
Dear American Legion,
My name is Joe Rubio and I’m writing in response to your notice in April’s magazine reference shared feelings of people who have proudly served in the U.S. Military. I’m writing about my family; The Rubio’s from San Bernardino, California. I’m only sorry that I didn’t do this year’s ago when our mother and father were still with us.
The attached photo is sent only to show how some of us continued to “serve,” after the hitches.
Our mom and dad had 14 kids; two girls and 12 boys. Of the 12 boys, “NINE” served in the U.S. Military.
I am a proud member of Post 107 in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn. I wake up thankful every day for the generations before me who served this country and kept us safe. My grandfather, Richard Paige, served in the Navy during the Korean War and has been a member of The American Legion ever since. My younger brother, Scott, is a Sergeant (11B) in the Army currently on his second deployment to Afghanistan with the 173rd Infantry. Scott exemplifies what it means to be from the Volunteer State, and is a member of Post 107 too.
I am a 59-year member of The American Legion. My dad was a World War I wounded veteran, and very proud to be a Legionnaire. He was a past commander of Connor-Trafton Post 119 in Guilford, Maine, as well as a a 20-year service officer, 17-year officer of the day for Memorial Day, and a past state sergeant-at-arms. I started my own Legion history as a member of the Sons, and as a bugler with a bugle-and-drum corps at 11. We were state champions in 1940, by default – we were the only corps to march on a rainy and muddy field. I joined the Legion in 1951, along with my two brothers.
John Brochetti came back from his service in the 1940s to help establish Cosgrove Post 523 in Rural Valley, Pa.
John – or “Spy,” as most know him – worked in the mines, yet always found time for the post. He started the baseball program and received all the equipment on credit – unheard of at the time. Each year, Spy would lead the Memorial Day parade from the Legion post to St. Mary’s Cemetery, where he helped the local schoolchildren put flags on all the veterans’ graves. Last September, he and his wife, Liz, helped dedicate the Shannock Valley War Memorial.
We are a multigenerational military family with many years spent serving veterans through The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. My grandfather, C.E. Harkness, was too young to fight in World War I, and lied about his age to serve our country and was sent to France. My dad, Charles F. Goodwin, who has been instrumental in keeping Heinline-Hanks Post 38 active, has 61 years of continuous membership since he served World War II. While growing up, my sister and I sold poppies and helped with bake sales to benefit veterans homes.
My family is very active at Frank P. Dorris Post 145 in Douglasville, Ga. My father, Robert Budahazy, is a retired Vietnam Air Force veteran. He is senior vice commander of the post, and our main bingo caller. My brother, John, is retired Navy, a Legionnaire and a member of the Legion Riders. I myself am an Army veteran, executive-board officer and Saturday-night bingo caller. My son, Joshua, is an Iraq Marine Corps veteran and active at the post. My mother, Verna, has been active in the Auxiliary for many years and has served in various positions.