Grandpa doesn’t know it—he passed away in 2003—but his old Army photos have graced several Family Tree Magazine publications. That’s his portrait in the September 2005 Family Tree Sourcebook and on our Military Research Guide CD.
He served in the Army 83rd Signal Co. in 1944 and 1945 in France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany, and received a Bronze Star medal for his service.
The citation above (which I included on a scrapbook page for Scrapbooking Your Family History by Maureen A. Taylor) says he
…showed outstanding leadership in maintaining wire communications between division and regimental headquarters. During the rapid advance of the division, difficult terrain was encountered and artillery fire. His devotion to duty and outstanding services merit the highest praise …
My grandma once told me that Grandpa limped after the war because he’d dropped a big coil of cable on his foot, and she asked him why he hadn’t gotten it checked out. He said he knew he might not be able to return to the same unit. Those were good men, he said, and he didn’t want to leave them.
His burial information is also recorded in the Veterans Administration Nationwide Gravesite Locator:
You can memorialize your own military ancestors’ service with our military biography form, downloadable from this page.
Go here to download our War Service Reference Guide, which has a timeline of US conflicts plus a birth date chart you can use to determine which major wars your ancestor likely served in.
Learning about your relatives’ service to our country (and sharing their stories with your family) is one way to honor them today. Here are some of our favorite websites for doing military research.