Honoring the Veterans in Your Family Tree

Today is Veteran’s Day here in the United States.

Military service is one of great personal sacrifice. Some go to war and return unscathed. Others return with wounds, seen and unseen. Others do not return at all.

How do we honor those who have made such a personal sacrifice? Each person needs to make that decision for themselves. Here is my honor to some of my family’s veteran.

Roy Denver Baker (1917-2011) – My great uncle Roy died last December. He was a veteran of World War II. He served in North Africa and Italy in the supply corps. This experience gave him the opportunity to go to college and become a librarian.

Levi Frederick (1840 – 1863) – Levi is my great-great grandmother’s eldest brother. He died from small pox in service with the Union army.

John Lingar (1776 – 1828) – My 5th great-grandfather who served in the War of 1812. He was a pioneer settler around the Cumberland Gap.

Joseph Baker (1751 – 1832) – My 7th great-grandfather who served in the Revolutionary War. He was a pioneer who helped settle SE Kentucky.

These four men are among dozens who I have found served their country with distinction and honor in the many wars this nation has fought. In the current generation of my family, we have different ones still serving with honor and distinction.

To all Veterans of all wars, current and past, I honor you and your service.

 

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