Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day

Ninety-five years ago today, the Allies signed an armistice with Germany which officially ended the First World War. Around the world, the date is celebrated each year. In some countries it's called Armistice Day, in others Remembrance Day. In the United States, the holiday has been expanded to commemorate not only those who were killed in World War I, but all veterans, living or dead.

As of today, I have about 750 people in my ever-growing family tree who served in the United States military - far too many to list here. So below you will find a list of all of my known direct ancestors, along with siblings and siblings-in-law of direct ancestors, who served in the U.S. military. I'm going to take some time today to remember them and all the other veterans in my family, and I hope you will too.

Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach in France.

living uncle (U.S. Army, 1960s)
grandfather William Daniel Thielen (U.S. Navy, WWII)
grandfather Henry William Daft (U.S. Army, WWII)
great-uncle Charles Michael Thielen (killed in action; U.S. Army Air Corps, WWII)
great-uncle John Ivan Gauslin (U.S. Army, 1950s)
great-uncle Arthur Christopherson (U.S. Navy, WWII)
great-uncle Earl Arthur Walter Krahn (U.S. Army, WWII)
great-uncle Richard Lyle Grimsley (U.S. Air Force)
living great-uncle (U.S. Army)
great-uncle Wesley Charles Revie (U.S. Army)
great-grandfather Elmer Ferdinand Gotsche (U.S. Army, WWI)
great-grandfather Frank Martin John Revie (U.S. Army, WWI)
great-great-uncle Raymond Campbell (U.S. Army, WWI)
great-great-uncle Charles Edward O'Connor (U.S. Army, WWI)
great-great-uncle Daniel Michael Sullivan Sr. (U.S. Navy, WWI)
great-great-uncle Vernon Harry Baker (U.S. Army Air Corps, WWII)
great-great-uncle Raymond James Smith (U.S. Army, WWI)
great-great-uncle Lloyd Paul Emil Revie (U.S. Army, WWI)
great-great-uncle Aaron Charles August Revie (U.S. Army, WWI)
great-great-uncle Cedric Sidney Leonard Revie (U.S. Army, WWII)
great-great-uncle Arthur N. Christensen (U.S. Army, WWI)
great-great-uncle Walter Arthur Adam Stacke (U.S. Army, WWII)
great-great-uncle Charles Lewis Olson (WWII)
great-great-uncle Robert Gibbs Hanson (WWII)
great-great-uncle Evret Hopkin Hansen (U.S. Navy, WWII)
great-great-grandfather John Henry Gauslin (U.S. Army, Civil War)
great-great-great-uncle George Ambrose Gauslin (U.S. Army, Civil War)
great-great-great-uncle William Charles Bruce (U.S. Army, Spanish-American War)
great-great-great-uncle Paul Charles Dombrowe (U.S. Army, WWI)
great-great-great-uncle Rudolph Herman Dombrowe (U.S. Army, WWI)
great-great-great-uncle Oscar Willard Dombrowe (U.S. Army, WWI)
great-great-great-uncle Kenneth Ingersoll (U.S. Navy, WWI)
great-great-great-grandfather August Thiede (U.S. Army, Civil War)
great-great-great-grandfather Franklin Bruce (U.S. Army, Civil War; U.S. Navy, 1866-1869)
great-great-great-great-uncle Alexander Gusline (U.S. Army, Civil War)
great-great-great-great-uncle John Thielen (U.S. Army, Civil War)
great-great-great-great-uncle William Bruce (U.S. Army, Civil War)
great-great-great-great-great-grandfather Jonah Moore (U.S. Army, Revolutionary War)

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