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McCool
07-09-2015, 04:58 PM
Air Force here, and so was my dad.

Peter1469
07-09-2015, 05:00 PM
Me: Army
Brother: Army
Dad: Army
2 Uncles: Navy
Great Uncle: Air Force (Army Air Corp first)

Tricia
07-09-2015, 05:04 PM
Dad: Army
Husband: Army

PolWatch
07-09-2015, 05:06 PM
Husband: Army
Son: Army
Brother: Army
Brother: Air Force
Father: Navy WWII
Uncles: 2 Air Force, 1 Army WWII
Aunt: Marine WWII

Redrose
07-09-2015, 05:17 PM
My dad Army Air Corps in WWII
FIL Navy in Korea
BIL in Viet Nam army
My ex Army
Niece Army in Iraq
Niece Army in Iraq and Afghanistan
Three nephews in Marines various conflicts
Maternal grandfather British Forces in WWI
Ex FIL in Danish Army in WWII
Ex MIL Chief Petty Officer RAF in WWII

A maternal g-g-g-g grandfather in the Revolutionary War, but fought on the British side, he was English.

Adelaide
07-09-2015, 05:18 PM
I think this is pretty amazing; people in Canada don't really serve in the military. Pretty much everyone has like great-uncles that served because they were forced to during the great wars, but otherwise I only know of like 3 people who have served in the military. Plus our military seems to only want to recruit specific people right now, like physicians and engineers.

zelmo1234
07-09-2015, 05:20 PM
I have uncles that served in the Army

Grand father Marine.

I did not serve but I want to thank all of you that did! you are special and for those that have family members in the services, You deserve a special thanks too.

McCool
07-09-2015, 05:25 PM
My dad Army Air Corps in WWII
FIL Navy in Korea
BIL in Viet Nam army
My ex Army
Niece Army in Iraq
Niece Army in Iraq and Afghanistan
Three nephews in Marines various conflicts
Maternal grandfather British Forces in WWI
Ex FIL in Danish Army in WWII
Ex MIL Chief Petty Officer RAF in WWII

A maternal g-g-g-g grandfather in the Revolutionary War, but fought on the British side, he was English. Impressive. Are you into Family History, perchance?

del
07-09-2015, 05:34 PM
me: navy
father: navy
father in law: navy
grandfather: navy
g-grandfather: navy
g-g-grandfather: navy
g-g-g-grandfather: navy
g-g-g-g-grandfather: army (we don't talk about him)

sachem
07-09-2015, 05:34 PM
Dad and maternal grandfather: Army
Paternal grandfather and an uncle: Navy
Uncle: Marines
Great great great great uncle: Army general Union Army. I hope I have enough greats there. Or not too many.

PolWatch
07-09-2015, 05:36 PM
me: navy
father: navy
father in law: navy
grandfather: navy
g-grandfather: navy
g-g-grandfather: navy
g-g-g-grandfather: navy
g-g-g-g-grandfather: army (we don't talk about him)

everyone family has one!

Redrose
07-09-2015, 05:37 PM
Impressive. Are you into Family History, perchance?


Oh yes. We have been compiling our geneology for years. I have 4 huge binders full of pictures, and info.

I have a photo of my English relatives, it's my great-grandmothers wedding picture, circa 1870. Her mother and father are in it, as well as their parents. So that my great-grandmother, great-great grandmother/father, and great-great-great grandmother and grandfather. This is my mom's family. They were mostly farmers. All poor.

My dad's family is Italian as far as we could trace going back to the 17th century. My cousin did most of that research when she lived in Italy. They were all craftsmen and some farmers and herders. No counts or Dukes sadly. lol

I have been compiling this for my kids so they have a record of who they are and where they came from.
We are working on my ex's geneology now. England and Denmark for him. Again the English were mostly farmers, but there is a more impressive history on the Danish side, high ranking government officials.

PolWatch
07-09-2015, 05:39 PM
There has not been a conflict that hasn't had a member of my family in one branch of the military or the other.....starting with the Revolutionary War, 1812, Civil War, Spanish American, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq.

Cigar
07-09-2015, 06:20 PM
None for me ...

Dad was Marine enlisted Staff Sergeant
Mom was Army Major Officer in the Nursing Corps
Plenty other family members in Navy and Air-force

Common Sense
07-09-2015, 06:34 PM
I think this is pretty amazing; people in Canada don't really serve in the military. Pretty much everyone has like great-uncles that served because they were forced to during the great wars, but otherwise I only know of like 3 people who have served in the military. Plus our military seems to only want to recruit specific people right now, like physicians and engineers.

I have a few friends in the military and a few others in the reserves, but by and large we aren't inundated with the same military culture.

Of course my grandfather and great uncle served in WW2. My grandfather volunteered for the US military and ended up staying in Holland for a few years after the war.

Bob
07-09-2015, 06:40 PM
Does it count that I have a swiss Army knife?

texan
07-09-2015, 06:50 PM
Seriously no coast guard?


I was a SEAL.

Cletus
07-09-2015, 06:53 PM
Seriously no coast guard?


I was a SEAL.

How long did it take you to learn to clap and balance a ball on your nose?

texan
07-09-2015, 07:01 PM
About 6 weeks, it took 4 just to learn to like sushi.....

Bob
07-09-2015, 07:02 PM
Does it count that I have a swiss Army knife?

Actually, Feb 62 - Feb 64 I spent just days under 2 years in the Army.

Both dads never served
Their dads never served
Brother in Marines till they booted him out
Homosexual brother ... never drafted. Come to think of it, why the heck not? All my life I never wondered.

whatukno
07-09-2015, 08:23 PM
First off, let me respectfully thank all of you who have served our country. Thank you.

I have never served, the marines tried to recruit me, but they couldn't pass my test. A climb up a 14,000 foot mountain. Poor guys kept showing up with a backpack on. Till a friend of mine who was a Marine that worked at the White House clued them in that they would never ever beat me up that mountain.

My grandfather was in WWII, and before that, my family was in both the revolutionary war, and in the Union Army in the civil war.

I have the utmost respect for our men and women in the military.

And to those in the air force, let me say, the A-10 should have never been retired, that was one beautifully ugly ass kicking air frame. It's successor doesn't hold a candle to it, just another example of the military industrial complex fixing something that isn't broken.

Cigar
07-09-2015, 08:26 PM
Does it count that I have a swiss Army knife?

Only if you've had Basic Training on how to use it Bob :laugh:

McCool
07-09-2015, 08:35 PM
Oh yes. We have been compiling our geneology for years. I have 4 huge binders full of pictures, and info.

I have a photo of my English relatives, it's my great-grandmothers wedding picture, circa 1870. Her mother and father are in it, as well as their parents. So that my great-grandmother, great-great grandmother/father, and great-great-great grandmother and grandfather. This is my mom's family. They were mostly farmers. All poor.

My dad's family is Italian as far as we could trace going back to the 17th century. My cousin did most of that research when she lived in Italy. They were all craftsmen and some farmers and herders. No counts or Dukes sadly. lol

I have been compiling this for my kids so they have a record of who they are and where they came from.
We are working on my ex's geneology now. England and Denmark for him. Again the English were mostly farmers, but there is a more impressive history on the Danish side, high ranking government officials. That is very cool. My mom has been doing the same thing for our family. We kids keep talking about picking up where she left off, but it's sort of a love/hate thing for me. I'll get to it sooner or later....

Bob
07-09-2015, 08:43 PM
Only if you've had Basic Training on how to use it Bob :laugh:

Does my bayonet training count?

Cigar
07-09-2015, 08:46 PM
Does my bayonet training count?

Bayonet ... ? Who needs that?

Rule Number One ... don't run out of bullets

Rule Number Two ... hit what you aim at

Rule Number Three ... see Rule Number One

Bob
07-09-2015, 08:49 PM
Bayonet ... ? Who needs that?

Rule Number One ... don't run out of bullets

Rule Number Two ... hit what you aim at

Rule Number Three ... see Rule Number One

We would be expected to use it when Rule #1 happened.

del
07-09-2015, 08:50 PM
We would be expected to use it when Rule #1 happened.

except the closest you came to that was the movies

Peter1469
07-09-2015, 09:07 PM
Bayonet ... ? Who needs that?

Rule Number One ... don't run out of bullets

Rule Number Two ... hit what you aim at

Rule Number Three ... see Rule Number One

The US Army used bayonets defensively several times in Afghanistan. Canadian infantry actually did a bayonet charge!

Bob
07-09-2015, 10:44 PM
except the closest you came to that was the movies

But you bayoneted a few didntcha?

Private Pickle
07-09-2015, 10:45 PM
Air Force here, and so was my dad.

Navy, Airforce and Army.

Private Pickle
07-09-2015, 10:49 PM
First off, let me respectfully thank all of you who have served our country. Thank you.

I have never served, the marines tried to recruit me, but they couldn't pass my test. A climb up a 14,000 foot mountain. Poor guys kept showing up with a backpack on. Till a friend of mine who was a Marine that worked at the White House clued them in that they would never ever beat me up that mountain.

My grandfather was in WWII, and before that, my family was in both the revolutionary war, and in the Union Army in the civil war.

I have the utmost respect for our men and women in the military.

And to those in the air force, let me say, the A-10 should have never been retired, that was one beautifully ugly ass kicking air frame. It's successor doesn't hold a candle to it, just another example of the military industrial complex fixing something that isn't broken.

You're so cool.

Cthulhu
07-09-2015, 11:55 PM
The US Army used bayonets defensively several times in Afghanistan. Canadian infantry actually did a bayonet charge!
I still think putting a sharp object on the end of a shooting object is stupid.

Cool, but stupid. And using the carbine with a bayonet is silly. You need the mass to use the bayonet properly.

Makes for a right fine fighting knife though.

Sent from my evil, digital homunculus.

McCool
07-10-2015, 12:38 AM
Seriously no coast guard?


I was a SEAL. I knew I was missing something!

GrassrootsConservative
07-10-2015, 03:10 PM
I have had family in Army, Marines, Chair Force, and probably the Navy.

I would have served in the Marines, but my mom told me it would upset her so I didn't out of respect. I do wish I could have though. Sounds like quite the experience.

What is Code Pink?

Cthulhu
07-10-2015, 08:54 PM
I have had family in Army, Marines, Chair Force, and probably the Navy.

I would have served in the Marines, but my mom told me it would upset her so I didn't out of respect. I do wish I could have though. Sounds like quite the experience.

What is Code Pink?
Code Pink is a feminazi organization. Largely a waste of DNA.

Sent from my evil, digital homunculus.

CreepyOldDude
07-13-2015, 11:48 AM
Air Force here, and so was my dad.

Son: Air Force
Son: Marine
Me: Army
Brother #1: Air Force
Brother #2: Air Force
Brother #3: Navy
Dad: Army
Uncle #1: Navy
Uncle #2: Marine
Grandpa: Army

CreepyOldDude
07-13-2015, 11:52 AM
everyone family has one!

Looks like their family has seven. Poor g-g-g-g-grandfather, spinning in his grave from the disappointment. :)

CreepyOldDude
07-13-2015, 11:59 AM
I knew I was missing something!

You have Navy. Unless you wanted to include all the SpecOps types.

CreepyOldDude
07-13-2015, 12:04 PM
First off, let me respectfully thank all of you who have served our country. Thank you.

I have never served, the marines tried to recruit me, but they couldn't pass my test. A climb up a 14,000 foot mountain. Poor guys kept showing up with a backpack on. Till a friend of mine who was a Marine that worked at the White House clued them in that they would never ever beat me up that mountain.

My grandfather was in WWII, and before that, my family was in both the revolutionary war, and in the Union Army in the civil war.

I have the utmost respect for our men and women in the military.

And to those in the air force, let me say, the A-10 should have never been retired, that was one beautifully ugly ass kicking air frame. It's successor doesn't hold a candle to it, just another example of the military industrial complex fixing something that isn't broken.

I have to ask, what's the problem with showing up with a backpack on?

The Sage of Main Street
07-13-2015, 12:16 PM
My dad Army Air Corps in WWII
FIL Navy in Korea
BIL in Viet Nam army
My ex Army
Niece Army in Iraq
Niece Army in Iraq and Afghanistan
Three nephews in Marines various conflicts
Maternal grandfather British Forces in WWI
Ex FIL in Danish Army in WWII
Ex MIL Chief Petty Officer RAF in WWII

A maternal g-g-g-g grandfather in the Revolutionary War, but fought on the British side, he was English. Didn't the Danish army surrender without a fight?

whatukno
07-13-2015, 02:21 PM
I have to ask, what's the problem with showing up with a backpack on?

After you get above treeline, and a sudden lightning storm rolls in, that extra weight is going to slow you down as you are sprinting down the mountain as fast as you can while hoping to god you don't get hit by lightning (as you are now the tallest, most conductive thing around.)

It's a hike you really have to start at 4:00 AM to make it to the top, and back down before the afternoon storms roll in. And when I say roll in, I mean eye level thunderstorms.

Lot's of people take backpacks up, but when you are in a race, lighter is better.

Standing Wolf
10-10-2015, 10:48 PM
There hasn't been a whole lot of military service in my family tree - mainly because my father's side was (mostly still is) Mennonite and Amish, and on my mother's side it was Church of the Brethren; not a lot of soldiers coming from those communities, for religious reasons. My father and his brother both served in the Army during and after Korea, but I think that was the first time a close or direct ancestor had served since the Civil War. By contrast, on my wife's side, my late father-in-law was a Marine in the Pacific in WWII, saw action at Tarawa and Saipan, and his father served in the Army in WWI.

I joined the Navy out of high school and served on active duty for almost 21 years, transferring to the Fleet Reserve in '93.

I have a son, now 36, who joined the Army out of high school, did a tour as a tank mechanic, got out and earned his college degree, went back into the Army to train as a pilot at Fort Rucker, trained to fly Blackhawks and got his wings as a Chief Warrant 2, got out again and was accepted into a program where the Army pays for your medical school and expenses, and he'll be graduating med school in May and being commissioned a Captain in the Army Medical Corps. Unique career path - I'm thinking there's a book in there somewhere.

William
10-11-2015, 06:37 AM
I have one uncle who flies Eurofighter Typhoons in the RAF, one who a junior officer in the Coldstreams, and another who is a Royal Naval Lieutenant.

Lol, but why does any of that matter? Like why not ask if you have any relatives who are schoolmasters or light house keepers (at least the last would be interesting)? :laugh:

Standing Wolf
10-12-2015, 04:44 AM
I'm guessing that if there was a forum called "The Lighthouse Keeper's Room", the topic might come up rather naturally.

nathanbforrest45
10-14-2015, 04:37 PM
I think this is pretty amazing; people in Canada don't really serve in the military. Pretty much everyone has like great-uncles that served because they were forced to during the great wars, but otherwise I only know of like 3 people who have served in the military. Plus our military seems to only want to recruit specific people right now, like physicians and engineers.


Right. They depend on the United States to defend them.

William
10-15-2015, 01:08 AM
I'm guessing that if there was a forum called "The Lighthouse Keeper's Room", the topic might come up rather naturally.

Lol, sorry, my bad, I didn't see that it was in the veteran's room. :smiley:

treedancer
10-16-2015, 07:09 PM
Dad, Marine corps WW2
His only son (Marine Corps ) 6/1966-6/1970

Bob
10-16-2015, 07:33 PM
There hasn't been a whole lot of military service in my family tree - mainly because my father's side was (mostly still is) Mennonite and Amish, and on my mother's side it was Church of the Brethren; not a lot of soldiers coming from those communities, for religious reasons. My father and his brother both served in the Army during and after Korea, but I think that was the first time a close or direct ancestor had served since the Civil War. By contrast, on my wife's side, my late father-in-law was a Marine in the Pacific in WWII, saw action at Tarawa and Saipan, and his father served in the Army in WWI.

I joined the Navy out of high school and served on active duty for almost 21 years, transferring to the Fleet Reserve in '93.

I have a son, now 36, who joined the Army out of high school, did a tour as a tank mechanic, got out and earned his college degree, went back into the Army to train as a pilot at Fort Rucker, trained to fly Blackhawks and got his wings as a Chief Warrant 2, got out again and was accepted into a program where the Army pays for your medical school and expenses, and he'll be graduating med school in May and being commissioned a Captain in the Army Medical Corps. Unique career path - I'm thinking there's a book in there somewhere.

During WW2, I had at least 3 uncles serving in the war. 1 drove a tank for Patton. 1 was in the officers mess for the Army Air Corps. He retired in the 1970s as an E9 Sgt. Major over the Air Force branch that handled the jet aircraft engine maintenance. Alvin served from 1939 until the 70s. Gene, his brother was an Army Sgt who was in combat engineers and was in on attacks of islands in the Pacific ocean.

My time in the Army did not encourage me to see the Army as a career path.

Refugee
10-18-2015, 08:11 AM
During WW2, I had at least 3 uncles serving in the war. 1 drove a tank for Patton. 1 was in the officers mess for the Army Air Corps. He retired in the 1970s as an E9 Sgt. Major over the Air Force branch that handled the jet aircraft engine maintenance. Alvin served from 1939 until the 70s. Gene, his brother was an Army Sgt who was in combat engineers and was in on attacks of islands in the Pacific ocean.

My time in the Army did not encourage me to see the Army as a career path.

Father WW2, brother army, myself RCT - BAOR and N. Ireland. Bob and myself share a claim to fame, we’ve both seen East Germany. By the way Bob, did they also force you into the Belsen tour?

Bob
10-19-2015, 02:58 PM
Father WW2, brother army, myself RCT - BAOR and N. Ireland. Bob and myself share a claim to fame, we’ve both seen East Germany. By the way Bob, did they also force you into the Belsen tour?


I was there twice. A tour the first time. The Army ran a tour bus into E. Berlin where I saw how wonderful it was. Days later, I went back with a pfc I met on the tour bus to see what else we could see. It may have helped turn me away from being a Democrat to a republican.

I believe my time behind the iron curtain enriched my beliefs and kind of like how they take kids to prisons to meet inmates, I was shocked enough to know how bad socialism is.

Even in the USA, the socialism we have was not voted for by the citizens. It was imposed by politicians.

Gypsy
11-06-2015, 07:23 PM
Father NAVY
Multiple Uncles - Marines and Army
Godfather NAVY
Great Grandfather NAVY
Great Grandfather Army
1-GG Grandfather Army
2-GGGG Grandfathers- Union

Private Pickle
11-06-2015, 07:59 PM
Navy, Airforce and Army.

So:

Me: Army - Balkins
Dad: Navy - Vietnam
Granddad on Mom's side was Army Air Corp WWII
Great Uncles on Dad side were Navy WWII
Great Granddad on Dad side was in WWI and his older brother was in Spanish American War.
Dad traced a relatives in every conflict back to the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 1600s. No one on my Dad's side owned slaves interestingly enough and were Union men. My mom's side immigrated here from England at the turn of the century.