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Sun May 26, 2019, 09:06 AM

Memorial Day - 2019. Add to it.

John J. Caffrey 1914 -1998

Iwo Jima



My dad.

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Reply Memorial Day - 2019. Add to it. (Original post)
3Hotdogs May 26 OP
Dennis Donovan May 26 #1
SamKnause May 26 #2
greatauntoftriplets May 26 #3
sarabelle May 26 #4
csziggy May 26 #5

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Sun May 26, 2019, 09:13 AM

1. Charles Allen Hurd, Sr 1836-1907



Corporal, US Army 111th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Gettysburg (wounded) and Battle of the Wilderness (gravely wounded, discharged).

My Great Great Grandfather (paternal).

On edit: I'm recalcitrant to give a last name, but my Dad fought in WW2:
Corporal Charles G. WW2 - Battle of the Bulge (seen here, nearest to the camera, in profile)


...and my Grandfather, Seaman Ralph G. USNR in WW1 (photo circa 1918, aboard USS Frederick (CA-18):

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Sun May 26, 2019, 09:20 AM

2. ...

World War ll; My dad.

World War ll; My uncle on my dad's side of the family

World War ll; My uncle on my mother's side of the family

Korean War; My uncle on my mother's side of the family

Vietnam War; My uncle on my mother's side of the family

Vietnam War; My sister's husband (still alive)

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Sun May 26, 2019, 11:33 AM

3. My father, Jack.

World War II - 531st Transportation Corps. He went ashore in Normandy on Day 6.

My paternal grandfather, Thomas -- he didn't serve, but died of the Spanish flu after spending time at Camp Grant in northern Illinois embalming soldiers who had died of the flu.

My paternal great-grandfather, Michael -- 58th Illinois Volunteers infantry unit, Civil War.

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Sun May 26, 2019, 11:39 AM

4. Not sure how to add photos. Didn't work the first time. But here is the list I know about.

 

Paternal and maternal grandfathers: WWI
Father and stepfather: WWII
Uncles (3): Korean War.
Cousins (6) Viet Nam (PTS, and agen orange victims 3).
Friends (many): Viet Nam-2 killed.
Cousins (4): Afghanistan

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Sun May 26, 2019, 11:47 AM

5. O. H. Wright 1923-2013 and Freddie Tucker Wright 1921-2018

My parents:


Dad, OH, was a Lieutenant j.g. on a sub in Pacific during WWII. While serving on the USS Spot he obtained documents from a sinking ship. He received the Navy and Marine Medal for that.
As Spot came down the west coast of Korea, she sighted a small ship and fired her last three torpedoes. All ran shallow and missed. With only 1,300 rounds of 20 mm ammunition remaining, the submarine closed to 800 yards (730 m) and opened fire. The enemy made an unsuccessful attempt to ram. No one manned the Japanese ship's machine gun atop her pilot house; her top deck was in shambles; and the ship was dead in the water but not sinking.[9]

Spot waited for an hour and then sent over a boarding party of seven men to plant demolition charges and search for intelligence material. After about ten minutes on board, the party had to abandon as the ship listed to port and sank by the stern. The boarding party was recovered and one Japanese prisoner taken. The submarine returned to Midway on 30 January for a refit and training period.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Spot_(SS-413)#First_patrol,_December_1944_%E2%80%93_January_1945

Dad was the man carrying the demolition charges.

Mom was a Navy Nurse, stationed in Virginia Beach, Camp Pendleton, and Hawaii. They met after the war and got married in San Francisco Feb 1946. She treated Marines coming back from Iwo Jima.

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