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Veterans Make Us So Very Proud!

Veteran’s Day – November 11, 2011

From the very beginning of our country, our flag has been the symbol of liberty and freedom.  And that flag – from its first representation with thirteen stars and stripes, through the years to our present flag – still means America to us.  It can still bring tears to our eyes.  This flag was carried into every battle.  It is a representation of our country – but also of every soldier who has fought under her, every veteran that has given his or her life.  Think of the many loved ones who have fought – and many that have died – so that we may continue to enjoy our freedoms.

Everyone has a veteran in the family – someone to look up to – and thank if they are still with us.  The following is a list of veterans of my ancestors – and others I’ve found through my research – who have fought in numerous battles over the years.  Some gave their lives – the ultimate sacrifice – never returning to their families, homes and familiar land.  Some did made it home – to the out-streched arms of loved ones who were so very glad to be able to hold them once again.  All are heroes, most definitely in need of recognition and a whispered thank you.  Please feel free to add your loved ones that have served in the military in your comments and I will add them into the blog –  they all deserve a salute!

Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • Captain John Hancock Linton
  • Captain William Joseph Lewis
  • John Estes Yates
  • Francis Adams
  • Captain James Stagg
  • Barney Smock
  • Thomas Kyle
  • Daniel Brewer
  • Peter Luyster
  • Lawrence Demott
  • James Westervelt
  • Cornelius A. Vanarsdall
  • Briant Cartwright, Sr.
  • Briant Cartwright, Jr.
  • Theodoty Hall
  • Peter Tryon
  • Isaac Messenger
  • Frederick Ware
  • Matthias Detter
  • Hugh James Johnston
  • Hance Black
  • William Blanton
  • Joseph Copeland
  • Nathan Davis
  • Nathan Lawson
  • John G. Riley

War of 1812, 1812-1815

  • Captain Charles E. Powell

Civil War, 1861-1865

  • Isaiah Hill
  • William Coulter
  • James Mansfield Crow
  • John H. Clarkson
  • James L. Clarkson
  • John L. White
  • James McKitrick Crow
  • John Wesley Linton
  • Mr. Johns
  • Mr. Perry
  • Boon Chastin
  • Mr. Pirty
  • Professor Estes
  • Captain Dale
  • Mr. Coffman
  • Bob Roberts
  • Mr. Whitaker
  • Frank M. Martin
  • John Wesley Best
  • Charles Lambert
  • James Riley Cartwright
  • John M. Johnston
  • John Riley Brasier
  • Nathan Lawson
  • John C. W. Reeves
  • Ezekiel Blanton
  • Benjamin Roebuck

World War I, 1914-1918

  • Linton Nally
  • Edwin Brown
  • Demetrieus Head
  • Owen M. Brady
  • Louis J. Thompson

World War II, 1939-1945

  • Joseph Robert Carrico, Purple Heart
  • Paul Donovan Carrico
  • Rex Edwin Brown
  • Joseph S. Webster
  • Norman Bernard Reid
  • John Thomas Lee
  • Alton J. Reynolds
  • William O. Mills
  • James P. Brady, Purple Heart
  • James Richard Thompson, Sr.
  • Jack Roebuck
  • George Brasier
  • Donald Brasier
  • George N. Graham, Sr.
  • Van Delmar Cartwright – Volunteer Civilian Instructor, Spartan Aircraft

Korean War, 1950-1953

  • Lloyd C. Hill
  • William A. McIlvoy, Jr.

Vietnam War,1960-1975

  • Charles David Moore
  • Buddy Monroe Branham
  • George N. Graham, Jr.

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  1. REVOLUTIONARY WAR
    Briant Cartwright, Sr.
    Briant Cartwright, Jr.
    Theodoty Hall
    Peter Tryon
    Isaac Messenger
    Frederick Ware
    Matthias Detter
    Hugh James Johnston
    Hance Black
    William Blanton
    Joseph Copeland
    Nathan Davis
    Nathan Lawson
    John G. Riley

    CIVIL WAR
    James Riley Cartwright
    John M. Johnston
    John Riley Brasier
    Nathan Lawson
    John C.W. Reeves
    Ezekiel Blanton
    Benjamin Roebuck

    WWII
    Jack Roebuck
    George Brasier
    Donald Brasier
    George N. Graham, Sr.
    Van Delmar Cartwright … Volunteer Civilian Instructor, Spartan Aircraft

    VIETNAM ERA
    Buddy Monroe Branham
    George N. Graham, Jr.

  2. Very touching article…perhaps its an impossible dream, but I will spend my entire life looking and hoping for the day when these dear souls don’t have to have their priceless lives cut short by needless wars. The sacrifices they make are so great–we need to be so mindful of that, especially when we consider whether or not to support a war. We aren’t sending statistics to die…we’re sending our brothers and sisters, our friends, our children. Here’s a song I think you might like that’s really appropriate, I think (I’m not sure if I’ve played it for you guys before): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UvQ52A7ksM&feature=share

    Love you!
    Kate

    • What an appropriate song! No, I had not heard it – or the group that performed it – although I have heard you speak of them. Dad and I must look for a CD! The Perfect Summer – England 1911, Just Before the Storm – is an excellent book I read a couple of years ago. Think how many have died during all the wars of the ages. And with a little thought, understanding and compassion perhaps many of these wars could have been avoided. Perhaps you and I would like a world that could never exist, but unless people try, it will never be a possibility!

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