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