Armistice Centennial

US_Flag_BacklitExactly one hundred years ago today, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, an armistice was signed with Germany to cease fighting the Great War. One year later, on November 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared that the day would be called Armistice Day, to honor those who fought in World War I. More than three decades later—after the “war to end war” gave way to World War II and then the Korean War—the holiday was renamed Veterans Day, and was intended as a day to honor all veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

In today’s post I’d like to honor all of my family members who served in defense of our country.

This is a revised version of a post I did five years ago. Since then, some family members have died, and I’ve discovered twenty-seven additional family members who served our country. Note that I have included only relatives who served the United States or the colonies that would eventually become the United States.

Family members have served both in times of peace and in times of war. The wars in which family members have been involved include:

In the list that follows, “••” indicates that the person is a direct ancestor, and “†” indicates that the person died while serving their country (including those who died as a result of injury or disease inflicted during their service.

Please let me know if you know of any family members that I’ve left off of this list.

Ackley, Nicholas (1708–1763)French and Indian War
Adams, Deacon John (1691–1761)Colonial Militia (MA)
Almquist, Clarence William “Swede” (1922–1989)World War II
Almquist, Steven (1950–)Vietnam War
Armstrong, Charles “Chuck” Thomas (1927–1984)World War II
Askew, Jack Grover (1923–2011)World War II
Askew, John Gordon ”Gordy” (1921–2017)World War II
Askew, Robert Gordon ”Bob” (1926–2003)World War II
Askew, Russell Wilfred (1914–1990)World War II
Askew, Stephen John “Steve” (1944–)Vietnam War
Bailey, Clarence Humphrey (1895–1982)World War I
Bailey, Isaiah Loomis I (1823–1899)Civil War
Bailey, General Jacob (1726–1816)Revolutionary War
Bailey, Lt. Joshua (1712–1786)Revolutionary War
Bailey, William Alonzo (1893–1970)World War I
Billings, Jacob (1732–?)Revolutionary War
Billingsley, Henry Mitchell (1837–1918)Civil War
Black, George Cornelius (1927–)World War II
••Black, Keith Vernon (1942–2016)Peacetime service
Black, Lewis J (1839–1901)Civil War
••Black, Vernon Curtis (1916–1993)World War II
Bogart, Humphrey DeForest (1899–1957)World War I
Burton, Elphenus Americus (1848–1926)Civil War
••Cadwell, Abraham (1717–1762)French and Indian War
Cheney, Caleb (1738–1800)Revolutionary War
••Cheney, Ebenezer (1742–1828)Revolutionary War
••Chilson, David Wolcott (1821–1902)Civil War
Christianson, Ray (1920–1980)World War II
Claunch, Pvt. Richmond C (1839–1862)Civil War
••Coddington, Benjamin (1680–1753)Colonial Militia (NJ) ?
Coddington, Benjamin (ca. 1759–ca. 1801)Post-Revolutionary War
••Coddington, Daniel Schram (1811–1886)Civil War
Coddington, David Humphreys (1839–1912)Civil War
••Coddington, George Harrison (1842–1919)Civil War
Coddington, Isaac (1793–1846)War of 1812
••Coddington, John B (1654–1738)King Philip’s War
Coddington, Joseph (ca. 1730–>1783)Revolutionary War
Coddington, Lewis C (1846–1930)Civil War
Coddington, Robert Sr. (1760–1833)Revolutionary War
Coddington, Thomas Kendall (1896–1955)World War II
Coddington, William Albert (1843–1922)Civil War
Cole, Andrew J. (1965–)Peacetime service
••Comstock, Lemuel (1782–1856)War of 1812
••Conant, John (1652–1724)King Philip’s War
••Conant, Lot (1624–1674)King Philip’s War
Denison, Maj. Gen. Daniel (ca. 1612–1682)Colonial Militia (MA)
••Denison, Capt. George (1620–1694)King Philip’s War
Dewey, Abner (1726–1777)French and Indian War
Revolutionary War
Dewey, Bohan (1755–<1791)Revolutionary War
Dewey, Jared David (1759–1850)War of 1812
Doran, Patrick (1738–1788)Revolutionary War
Dow, Gideon (1710–1756)Colonial Militia (NH)
Dunham, Stanley Armour (1918–1992)World War II
Eddy, Carl Everett (1921–1970)World War II
Eliason, Maj. Douglas (1957–)Peacetime service
Fanson, Vernon Monteith “Vern” (1897–1980)World War I
Field, Arne Erickson (1842–1914)Civil War
Grabill, CMSgt. Thomas Edward (1930–1971)Vietnam War
Gritz, Stanley Wayne (1935–1962)Korean War
Grosvenor, Wallace Paine (1900–1974)World War I
Harmon, Loren Winfield “Win” (1883–1917)World War I
••Hatfield, Joseph (1740–1832)Revolutionary War
Heinz, Emerson C. “Harry” (1912–1977)World War II
Hicks, Jason (1968–)Gulf War
Hogan, Eli Elias (1883–1962)World War II
Hunt, Lt. Simeon (1713–1793)French and Indian War
Jellison, Winfred Halga “Helga” (1896–1992)World War I
Johnson, Albert Wagoner II (1928–2017)Peacetime service
••Johnson, Captain John (1600–1659)Colonial Militia (MA)
Jordan, James Russell Jr. (1887–1948)World War I
Judd, Clifford Leroy (1914–1979)World War II
Karpen, John Paul Jr. (1922–1998)World War II
Karpen, John Peter Sr. (1899–1978)World War I
World War II
Keally, Edward Lawrence Jr. (1925-1951)Korean War
••Kinne, Cyrus (1746–1808)Revolutionary War
Kohler, George Edward (1916–2002)World War II
Kuiper, Lt. Col. Cornelius Edward (1947–)Vietnam War ?
Leatherbury, Lt. John (ca. 1744–1785)Colonial Militia ?
Lennon, Robert Joseph (1924–1988)World War II
Little, Col. Moses Jr. (1724–1798)Revolutionary War
Loomis, Israel (1715–1801)Revolutionary War
Loso, Lloyd Joseph (1899–1974)World War I
Lytle, Lewis (1836–1864)Civil War
Martes, Philip Peter “Phil” (1917–1967)World War II
••McClure, Judge David (1726–1796)Revolutionary War
McClure, Col. Thomas Ross (1809–1886)Civil War
McMurry, James (ca. 1758–1832)Revolutionary War
McMurry, John (1752–1832)Revolutionary War
••McMurry, Thomas (1760–1829)Revolutionary War
McMurry, Thomas Hisner (1831–1863)Civil War
••McMurry, William Jr. (ca. 1725–1798)Aided Revolutionary War
McMurry, William (1795–1852)War of 1812
Millard, Orrison Hill (1826–1904)Civil War
Miller, Isaac (1778–1813)War of 1812
Moore, Lt. Clarence Jerome “Red” (1921–1944)World War II
••Morris, Calvin Levi (1803–1875)Civil War
Morris, James Matthew (1823–1862)Civil War
••Noble, Ens. Matthew (1698–1771)Colonial Militia (MA) ?
Ogden, David Sr. (1764–1840)Revolutionary War
••Paine, Stephen Jr. (1629–1677)Colonial Militia (MA) ?
Peck, Ira (1824–1883)Civil War
Peck, Nathaniel A (1841–1910)Civil War
Pepper, Eli (1770–1856)War of 1812
••Pepper, Jacob (1661–1739)Dummer’s War
Pepper, John Quincy (1826–1913)Civil War
••Pepper, Joshua (1721–1808)Revolutionary War
Pepper, Minos (1791–1860)War of 1812
Prettyman, Donald Irvin “Don” (1930–)World War II
Prettyman, George Irvin “G.I.” (1887–1977)World War II
Prettyman, George W. (1847–1865)Civil War
Prettyman, James Clarence “Jim” (1918–1990)World War II
Prettyman, Jerome Patrick “Jerry” (1925–1965)World War II
Prettyman, Jesse Willard (1922–1995)World War II
Prettyman, John G “Jack” (ca. 1923–1944)World War II
Prettyman, Richard Francis “Frank” “Arch” (1921–1989)World War II
Prettyman, Warren Walter (1922–1986)World War II
••Prettyman, William Eugene (1919–1998)World War II
••Price, Richard (1757–1834)Revolutionary War
Priest, Joseph (1641–1697)King Philip’s War
Proszek, Stanislaus “Stanley” (1919–2003)World War II
Putnam, Lt. Thomas (ca. 1614–1686)Colonial Militia (MA) ?
Putnam, Sgt. Thomas (1652–1699)Colonial Militia (MA) ?
Ranum, Arne Nelson (1845–1898)Civil War
Rice, Charles Delos (1830–1862)Civil War
Rider, Daniel III (1735–1787)Revolutionary War
Robson, Donald George (1929–1952)Korean War
Rush, Alexander W. (1831–1864)Civil War
Schuler, James John (1949–2003)Vietnam War
••†Scott, Hiram (ca. 1815–1865)Civil War
••Scott, Horace L. (ca. 1842–1870)Civil War
Scott, James H. (1847–1916)Civil War
Severn, Clifford Leroy (1896–1982)World War I
••†Severson, Sever (1828–1864)Civil War
Shearer, William Christian Jr. (1759–1830)Revolutionary War
Smith, Lt. Col. William Stephens (1755–1816)Revolutionary War
••Snider, John Sr. (1743–1830)Revolutionary War
Spencer, Fredrick “Fred” (1897–1918)World War I
••Stebbins, Lt. Thomas (1620–1683)Colonial Militia (MA) ?
Stewart, Abraham Williamson (1828–1910)Puget Sound War
Stewart, William McCallen (1794–1885)War of 1812
Stokes, Milton Burton “Bert” (1879–1971)World War I
Stokes, Nathan (1818–1901)Civil War
Stone, Archibald (1735–1811)Revolutionary War
Stover, Elisha B. (ca. 1818–1863)Civil War
Switzer, James Morris (1910–1984)World War II
Thayer, Capt. Ebenezer (1692–1777)Revolutionary War
Thayer, Peter Sr. (1737–1805)Revolutionary War
Thayer, Peter Jr. (1755–1820)Revolutionary War
Thayer, Shadrach (1759–1829)Revolutionary War
Thayer, Col. Sylvanus (1785–1872)War of 1812
Thompson, Knudt Tostensen (1832–1910)Civil War
Tracy, Lt. Hezekiah (1736–1817)Revolutionary War
Treat, Gov. Robert (1622–1710)King Philip’s War
Turner, Col. Seth (1727–1806)Revolutionary War
VanWinkle, Cyrus (1805–1879)Civil War
Vinton, Charles Albert (1832–1904)Civil War
••Vinton, Lt. David (1726–1791)Revolutionary War
••Vinton, Seth Sr. (1756–1848)Revolutionary War
Wadsworth, Brig. Gen. Peleg (1748–1829)Revolutionary War
Warren, Jacob (1983–)Iraq War
Watson, Elbert Joseph “Al” (1927–2007)Peacetime service ?
Whitmore/Wetmore, Jabez Jr. (1766–1843)Revolutionary War
Whitney, William Canty (“Doc”) (1896–1970)World War I
Wichers, Jean Harrold (”Harold Gene”) (1923–2011)World War II
Wichers, Reanon Cornelius (1919–2007)World War II
••Wise, Thomas (1726–1800)Revolutionary War
••Wolcott, Justus (1735–1831)Revolutionary War
••Woodruff, Benjamin Sr. (1744–1837)Revolutionary War
Yapp, James L (1920–2009)World War II
Yapp, Ray Rush (1923–1993)World War II

Thank you for your service, your sacrifices, and for the roles you played in forming, developing, and protecting our country.

Without your collective efforts, our country would not have endured nor even existed.

3 thoughts on “Armistice Centennial

  1. What an impressive list. Makes me feel very proud of what our family done is service of our nation.

    I appreciate the work you have done on this, thanks….

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