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Monday, November 11, 2013

A Salute to Ancestors and Family Members Who Served in the Military

Veterans' Day is a special day for honoring men and women who have fought and continue to fight for our country's freedom. And I thank each one of them for their service to this country. Beginning with the American Revolution, at least one of my ancestors or other relatives has served in each of this country's major wars, declared and undeclared. Two of my sons served a total of ten years in the United States Air Force, and the younger of the two served in the war  in Afghanistan. This post includes the names of my known ancestors and other relatives who were members of the military and includes the wartime period during which they served.  

Francis Baldridge - American Revolution
John T. Baldridge - War of 1812 (NY Infantry)
Edward Tillman Branch - War of 1812 (VA Militia) 
Asberry Gibson (Carroll County, MS) - Civil War
William Bailey Netherland (Holmes County MS) Civil War (Red's Co. MS)
Woodard Young (Holmes County MS) - WWI
Elton Young  (Holmes County MS) - WWII 
Walter Young (Holmes County MS) - WWII
William ("Billy") Young - (Holmes County MS) WWII - killed during USAF training mission
James Porter (Attala County) - Served in WWII in Europe
E. T. Branch (Holmes County) - WWII 
E. T. Branch, Jr. (Attala County) - WWII
J. L. Branch (Humphreys County) - WWII
J. L. Branch (Hinds County) - served in U. S. Army during Vietnam Era

Today, I honor them.

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