Thank You!!!


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 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!

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!