Thank You!!!

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Thank you to all of those who have served, are serving in the military, or who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in the military.  Also a thank you to the families of those in the military.  I know that you also made sacrifices so that your loved one in the military can do what they do best.  I know that it is not enough, but thank you very much!!

Military Monday – Bentura “Benny” G. Sanchez

Bentura "Benny" Sanchez (Photo owned by B. Sanchez and used with permission.)

This Military Monday I would like to post about my Uncle Benny.  My uncle was always a man who could command the attention of those around him whether at a family function, or on stage.

He was born in 1925 in Colorado and died in 1979 in Riverside, California.  He served in the Korean War.  I don’t have the details on his service yet, but I have wonderful pictures.

This portrait of my uncle in his uniform was a picture that he sent to his grandmother, my great-grandmother.  The writing states:  “(dated: 2-29-52) Con todo carino, dedico esta foto para mi abuelita = La Sra, Conception Lopez=  Sinceramente= Benny Sanchez.”  It translates as follows:  “(dated 2-29-52)  With all my affection, I dedicate this picture to my grandmother, Ms Conception Lopez = Sincerely = Benny Sanchez.” (As translated by Google Translate.)

Here are more military photos of my uncle:

(Photo owned by B. Sanchez and used with permission.)

(Photo owned by B. Sanchez and used with permission.)

(Photo owned by B. Sanchez and used with permission.)

My uncle has always been a musician.  He played different guitars.  I remember at his house, that the den/game room which had a pool table, had his instruments hung on the wall.  Whenever there was a family function at his house, all of the men would end up in the pooltable room, drinking and playing pool.  Eventually, my uncle and a few other men would take the instruments off the wall and play music.  I love that my uncle loved music.

Eventhough he was in the military, it didn’t stop him musically.  As you can see from these photos:

My uncle benny is in the center standing. (Photo owned by B. Sanchez and used with permission.)

The back of the previous photo. (Photo owned by B. Sanchez and used with permission.)

The back of this photo is transcribed as follows:  “23 Oct 1953 – Mama, Dedico este retrato como un recuerdo de su hijo Benny, y los tres latinos, se le fue tomado cuando ______ el con curso de la Division 24th el viejito que este sentado es el Col. Alexander. (de derecha a ________)  Julio Rivera = Puerto Rico – Benny Sanchez = California – Raul Mercado = Puerto Rico – THE THREE LATINS – Sinceramente – Benny.”

There is a word or two that I was not able to transcribe but the translation is approximately as follows:  “23 Oct 1953 – Mama, I dedicate this picture as a memory of your son Benny, and the Three Latinos, when he was taken with ________  of the 24th Division that the old man is sitting Col. Alexander.  (from right to _______) Julio Rivera = Puerto Rico – Benny Sanchez = California – Raul Mercado = Puerto Rico – THE THREE LATINS – Sincerely – Benny.”  The translation was done on Google Translate.

He was even mentioned in the newspaper.  Although I don’t have the name of the newspaper or the date it was published, I have a photo of the small mention of my uncle.

Uncle Benny's mention in the newspaper. (Name of Newspaper and date of publication unknown. Photo owned by B. Sanchez and used with permission.)

The transcription reads:  “WITH THE 24TH INFANTRY DIV. IN JAPAN – Pvt. Benny G. Sanchez, whose wife, Maria, lives at 716 S. Burger Ave., Los Angeles, recently took part in a variety show put on by the 24th Infantry Division’s 21st Regiment in Japan.  The production, entitled “Trip-a-let,” drew on talent from the entire regiment and included musical comedy, dancing and exhibition of professional archery.  Sanchez, a rifleman in Company B of the 21st, arrived in Japan last November.  The son of Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Sanchez, 4225 E. Folsom St., Los Angeles, he was a vocalist before entering the Army in January 1952.”

I am very proud of the service my uncle gave to our country and of his musical ability.  My uncle Benny was not just my uncle, but also my “padrino” or godfather.  I loved him and still to this day, miss him very much.  I have always felt a strong bond with my uncle, but until I learned more about him, his military service, and the Three Latins, I realized that I our bond is musical.  Although I am not a professional, I do sing and I know, that if my uncle were still alive he would be at every single performance I had.  Its not just me who was touched by my uncles talent, my cousin, my uncle’s youngest son, sings and sounds just like his dad.  I also have several other cousins who play guitars.  We all have been touched by my uncles talent and carry his spirit with us everyday.  I feel him closest when I am singing.  RIP Uncle Benny!

Military Monday

I’m sorry this is a day late, but it was important to me that this get posted.  You see, I found an article pertaining to military records and thought it would be very useful to the new genealogists and a refresher to the seasoned genealogists.

Yesterday, while I was home (it was a holiday for me), sipping hot tea and reading the 70+ blogs I follow, I came across an article by one of my favorite blog authors.  Her name is Kathleen Brandt and is the owner/author for a3Genealogy.  Kathleen is an Expert Author for Archives.com as well and it is an article that she wrote for Archives that I was really impressed about.

In this article, she talks about how 80% of the Army records and 75% of the Air Force records were destroyed in a fire on July 12, 1973 and what genealogist researchers could do to get military information they needed to reconstruct their ancestor’s military “experience”.  You can read her full article here.

In her article she goes through and shows the reader how to obtain their ancestor’s Report of Separation (DD214).  However, she also talks about other documents and resources to request, such as the Last Pay Voucher, Department of Veterans Affairs, Medical-Related Alternate Records, and Morning Report.  This was very, very helpful to me.

I am researching my father-in-law, Robert Harold Stanard (1931-1991).  He joined the Army in 1950 and was honorably discharged in 1952.  I have requested from the National Personnel Records Center (Military Records) and received a copy of his separation Report (DD214).  Also with the DD214 was a letter telling me that Robert’s military file was one of the unfortunate files that was destroyed in the 1973 fire and that the DD214 was all that they could provide to me.  After reading Kathleen’s article, I have sent a follow-up request and requested Robert’s last Pay Voucher, any Medical-Related Alternate Records and the Army’s Morning Reports.  I am crossing my fingers that they are able to find the records I requested.  I should hear something from them in about 4-6 weeks.

I love reading Kathleen Brandt’s blog, a3Genealogy.  She is great author and when I grow up, I wanna be a professional genealogist just like her!!!

Have a great day everyone!

My Genealogy Obsession’s Editorial Calendar – 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog

     I know that I’m late with this posting, but Tonia Kendrick at Tonia’s Roots has started a series called 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog.  I have participated in one here and there and decided to participate in this posting.  On September 18th Tonia post dealt with developing an Editorial Calendar.  She stated that by developing an editorial calendar, it would help by better organizing my time and that I would not wonder what I am going to write about.  I also agree with Tonia in that the editorial calendar could give consistency to my blog.

     Although Tonia uses a spreadsheet to keep track of her editorial calendar, I am more of a visual-type of girl.  I just found online a blank calendar page.  I printed it out and wrote my blog information on it along with the publishing schedule of posts that I would like to write about including my weekly and monthly series as well.

So here is my editorial calendar:

     As you can see, I have postings that will be on a certain days every week, while the others posts are monthly postings.  I did make a few changes from what I have been doing.  For example, I will still be doing my Monthly Asiprations near the first of the month, but I decided to post my updates weekly instead of at the end of the month.  This is because I felt that my monthly udates were getting long.  In fact, the last one had to be cut into two different posts.  So I felt that by making my updates at the end of the week (Saturdays), it wouldn’t be so long of a post.

     Here is a desciption of what I will be writing about:

  • Monthly Aspirations (1st Sunday of the Month) – My genealogy goals for the upcoming month.
  • Military Monday (2nd Monday of the Month) – Stories of my military ancestors and any military story related to genealogy.
  • Thankful Tuesday (Every Tuesday) – All things I am thankful for including genealogy items.
  • Wordless Wednesday (3rd Wednesday of the Month) – Photo posting only of my ancestors with a short description of who is in the picture.
  • Thursday’s Teachings (2nd Thursday of the Month) – All things genealogy edcation related.  This includes my genealogy education goals, what I have already completed, and highlighting one at a time, any genealogical education opportunity available.
  • Friday’s Favorites (Last Friday of the Month) – My favorite genealogy things, i.e. books, websites, tools, software, ect.
  • Saturday’s Updates – A weekly update of genealogy tasks or projects from the previous week.
  • Motivational Monday (Last Monday of the Month) – Genealogy things that keep me motiviated that I hope will motivate you too.

     So, I will be starting this editorial calendar today but I will be skipping my monthly aspirations for this month.  I hope you like this calendar.  What do you think about an Editorial Calendar?  Comment and let me know.

Happy Birthday and Happy 4th of July!!!

Today is our Nation’s birthday and I would like to thank our military for giving me the freedom to celebrate our Nation’s independance!

It’s not only our Nation’s birthday, but it is also my Grandmother-in-law’s birthday too.  Grandma or Grammy as my daughter calls her, will be 92 years young.  So before we celebrate our Nation’s birthday tonight, we will be celebrating this wonderful woman’s birthday.  I hope that we have her around for a long time as she has still many more stories to tell to which of course, I will be listening!

Happy 4th of July!!!  Happy Birthday Grandma!!!!  We love you!!!

Veterans in my genalogy research

Today is Memorial Day, the day we honor those who have served in the military.  I honor not only those who were killed during our nation’s wars but also those who have served in the military.  Because they are making a sacrafice to keep our nation, us, my family, me safe.  So here are the veterans of military service and of past wars that are in my family, both my family and my husbands family.

Currently Serving:  My husband has a nephew, Robbie Stanard, currently serving in the Navy who is stationed in Virgina.   May God keep you safe and bring you back home soon Robbie!!  We love you and miss you!

Past Service:  My brother has served in the Marines.  I remember when he went to boot camp, I was only 9 years old when he joined the Marines.  I love you Albert!

My brother. Circa...sometime in the late '70's. (Used with permission)

Korea War:  My Uncle Benny was in the Army and served in the Korean War.  I recently ran into my cousin, one of his sons and he had a lot of pictures of my Uncle Benny in the military.   Here are a few of my favorites:

My Uncle Benny was a musician and a singer.

My Uncle Benny was a musician and a singer. This is a picture of the band he formed while in the Army called "Los Tres Latinos."

The next person who served in the Korean War was my father-in-law, Robert Harold Stanard.  We don’t know much about his service except that he has earned several medals.  I only have one picture of him while in the military.

Robert Harold Stanard. Served in the Korean War in the Army. (Photo used with permission)

World War II – I have written previously about my Uncle Charlie and how he lied about his age to join the military.  You can read that here.  I don’t have too many pictures of him, but the ones I do have I love!

My Uncle Charlie. Location and date unknown. (Used with permission)My Uncle Charlie. I love this picture. (Owned by M. Gervassi and used with permission)

This is all that I know of who has served in a war or has served in the military.

My Genealogy Goals

With the Memorial Day Holiday upon us and I’m having additional two days off from work, I decided that I wanted to jot down my goals.  I find that by jotting them down whether its on paper or in my blog, it helps me to organize them and keep track of them.

Here are the goals that I have:

1)  On Monday, May 31st, first, in the morning, my mom and I will be visiting our families graves and placing a flag on those that have served in the military.  Then, later in the day, I will be working on organizing my mom’s genealogy that she has accumulated.  I had posted a while back about how my mom would research her family tree and in the beginning was organized, but over the years, she hasn’t been so diligent in it and she knows that she has many duplicates in her files.  You can read that post here.  So a little over a month ago, I gathered the first box of her documentation and I brought it home to help her organize it.   Well, in reality, its been in my car ever since.   I have brought the box into the house and will go through it and start the project.  I think I will call it Project Sanchez (that’s the family surname.)  I think that will be a good name.

2)  About a month ago, I had my schedule at work changed.  I went from a straight 8 hour day to what we call a 9/80 work schedule.  This works out to where I get every other Monday off.  I did this so that I could volunteer at my genealogical society but low and behold, they are closed every Monday!  I was a bit disappointed until I figured that I would be off on Tuesday, the day after Memorial Day.  This Monday, Memorial Day, is my regular day off, but because it is a national holiday, I get the next day off.  So, on Tuesday, I will be visiting the Southern California Genealogical Society and their library for the first time.  I will be getting ready for that visit today by checking out their holdings and see which ones pertain to my research and make a list of what I need to look at.  I am very excited to go and I feel that it would be really useful to visit the library before I attend the Jamboree in June.

3)  Next weekend, I will start working on my family reunion.  With the help of one of my sisters, we are planning our Sanchez Family Reunion for the middle of August.  I have been asked by several family members that they would like a family history or something like that to take home.  I have to work on that and on other reunion related activities.

These goals will keep me pretty busy, not just on my upcoming days off, but also on the upcoming weekends as well.  Hope you all have a great Memorial Day.  I am thinking of all of my family members who have served in the military, both here and those who have passed.   They will always be in my hearts.

I am ever so grateful not just for my family members who have served in the military but for ALL of our military personnel in the armed forces.  You all do a wonderful job at keeping our nation safe.  I am honored that you have sacrificed on our nation’s behalf.  Thank you!  I pray that our good Lord will keep you all safe and bring you home to your loved ones safely.  God bless and thank you all!

Tombstone Tuesday

Charles Sanchez (Photo owned by author and used with permission)

 

This is my uncle, Charles Sanchez or more commonly known as Uncle Charlie.  I think he took after my grandfather the most.  Not just in looks but also his philosophy when it came to family.  You give your all for your family and protect them as best you can. 

When ever me and my younger sister would spend the night at my uncle’s house, he would always go out and get McDonald’s for breakfast the next morning.  We would get up and he would just be getting back to the house with about 6 deluxe breakfasts, 3 pancake breakfasts and a couple of breakfast sandwiches.  He had three kids of his own, plus me and my sister and sometimes my other cousin would spend the night as well.  He was always a very generous man!

One story my mom told me about my Uncle Charlie was that when he was 16, he lied about his age and enlisted in the army.  He  was able to get as far as the beginning of boot camp before they found out and kicked him out of the Army.  When he was 17 years old, he lied again and enlisted again, but this time, because he was very close to being 18 years old, they kept him in the army.   When I attended his funeral and he was buried, because of his military service, there was a 21 gun salute.  My mom once told me many years ago that a military funeral was the saddest, now I knew what she was talking about.

Close up showing the Army symbol (Photo owned by author and used with permission)

My Uncle Charlie was the first one I knew in my family to get cable, the kind that only had two channels and he had a remote with his TV.  It was a box with buttons for the different channels and a long cable that hooked into the back of his TV. 

My Uncle Charlie was a hard-working man who loved his family, not just his immediate but also his extended family.  He is very much missed in our family.

Rest in peace Uncle Charlie!