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Grave marker for my ancestor/grandfather - 8 generations previous. He served under General Francis Marion “the Swamp Fox” during the Revolution. They were paid in British pounds and pence according to revolutionary pay records. Buried near Newtonville, Fayette County, Alabama.

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That's a damned proud heritage. Wish I knew more about my own ancestors. I know of nothing on my mother's side before my Opa Erich, who was merely a civilian bookkeeper 51 years old when the Soviets grabbed him for slave labor. There is family genealogy and some surviving anecdotes that go back to colonial days for the maternal side of my dad's family. But I can't trace the Long men back any farther than Dad's grandfather Cyrus, who was already dead I believe by the time my father was born. Must have been a been a bunch of scoundrels, or just cautious men, who avoided leaving tracks.

If I correctly read the marker as "Poe" are you related to the 19th Century writer?
 

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If I correctly read the marker as "Poe" are you related to the 19th Century writer?

Edgar Allan Poe is another distant relative/ancestor who was apparently well-known for alcohol abuse, drug use and writing. He also almost died of starvation because he was penniless at several points in his life. I think the heroine eventually killed him.

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My grandfather - 5 generations previous. Major James T. Poe, CSA, 11th Arkansas Regiment. Confederate POW, Johnson’s Island, Ohio. I have a copy of his Civil War Diary. Interesting read. He is buried in Carbon County, Texas.

His granddaughter was my elderly aunt in Oklahoma who I knew quite well.
 

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My favorite picture of my father who was born in 1910, never got past the 8th grade in a one room school house near Musselshell, Montana. Drafted in February 1942 and went to the Philippines for the remainder of the war, honorably discharged in November 1945.

I never saw a photo of him while at war. I asked him if he had ever heard of the Philippines, let alone known where it was before he was sent there, he told me no, he had no idea of who or where, he just answered the call like 10’s of thousands in that era. I did find his dog tags when I was cleaning out the house decades later...

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Edgar Allan Poe is another distant relative/ancestor who was apparently well-known for alcohol abuse, drug use and writing. He also almost died of starvation because he was penniless at several points in his life. I think the heroine eventually killed him.
Thanks for the reply. History is ever more fascinating when viewed through personal anecdotes.

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The Lafayette friendship is especially interesting to me, as along with Baron von Steuben, he is among my favorite foreigners!

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Seems that suffering at the hands of "political gangs" is nothing new, just spread over a wider country today.

I've read accounts of Edgar Allan Poe's last few days that make a pretty compelling argument that he had actually contracted rabies.

Rabies is a devastatingly horrible disease that manifests the symptoms, including raving, that Edgar displayed. Videos posted on YouTube of animals suffering from it, especially one of a stricken fox, convey an inkling of the suffering.

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1996-09-12-me-42997-story.html "Poe Died of Rabies, Not Alcoholism or Drug Abuse, Doctors Believe"

A rough exit in any event--sad.
 
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My favorite picture of my father who was born in 1910, never got past the 8th grade in a one room school house near Musselshell, Montana. Drafted in February 1942 and went to the Philippines for the remainder of the war, honorably discharged in November 1945.

I never saw a photo of him while at war. I asked him if he had ever heard of the Philippines, let alone known where it was before he was sent there, he told me no, he had no idea of who or where, he just answered the call like 10’s of thousands in that era. I did find his dog tags when I was cleaning out the house decades later...

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100% American MAN. Thank you for posting.
 

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My favorite picture of my father who was born in 1910, never got past the 8th grade in a one room school house near Musselshell, Montana. Drafted in February 1942 and went to the Philippines for the remainder of the war, honorably discharged in November 1945.

I never saw a photo of him while at war. I asked him if he had ever heard of the Philippines, let alone known where it was before he was sent there, he told me no, he had no idea of who or where, he just answered the call like 10’s of thousands in that era. I did find his dog tags when I was cleaning out the house decades later...

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What a great photo. Reminds me of Gary Cooper
 

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My Grandfather on my Mom's side, WWII vet fought in the Philippine's. I have a lot of his tendencies...for good, bad, or indifferent. He and I did a lot of fishing together in my youth...thousands of hours for sure.

Heard stories that kickin' his ass about the time this picture was taken, was an all day affair and not many got it done...

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My Grandfather on my Dad's side picture taken somewhere in Europe during WWII. He liberated concentration camps toward the end of the War. Spent thousands of hours with him as well, hunting, fishing, etc. and thankful for the chance.

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My FIL was a B-17 pilot during WWII, flew 32 missions...and thankfully took some cool pictures. Flew with the 99th bomb group...Diamondbacks.

He's the guy on the left in this picture:

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Over the Alps:

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My great uncle is declining in health and I've been thinking of him a lot lately. I thought it would be appropriate to share a photo of him here.

He did a tour in Vietnam in the late sixties. Spent every day of said tour beside the dog in the photo, a malinois he called Brutus.

Very proud of him for who he was then and throughout his life. He walked point with that dog on many a nerve-wracking day in the jungle. But later in life he would've been more apt to tell you about his church or his family or some joke he'd heard.

There's still a framed 8 × 10 of "Brutus" on his nightstand today.
 

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These are some of the photos of my great grandfather, who didn't make it home from Germany in 1945 and some of the letters sent to my grandmother after his passing. Since my grandmothers passing (his daughter) I have come across a ton of letters from the War Department and from the USO individuals who kept in touch with my grandmother over the years, the USO and locals in Holland take care of my grandfather's and others graves. One of the letters I came across this morning was from the Lt. Whom my grandfather was helping when he was killed. It's a very neat hand written letter detailing how and when he passed and why. The gentleman wrote my grandmother from a town called Banderas, TX. Anyway, just thought I'd share a few and very thankful my grandmother kept them all.
 

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These are some of the photos of my great grandfather, who didn't make it home from Germany in 1945 and some of the letters sent to my grandmother after his passing. Since my grandmothers passing (his daughter) I have come across a ton of letters from the War Department and from the USO individuals who kept in touch with my grandmother over the years, the USO and locals in Holland take care of my grandfather's and others graves. One of the letters I came across this morning was from the Lt. Whom my grandfather was helping when he was killed. It's a very neat hand written letter detailing how and when he passed and why. The gentleman wrote my grandmother from a town called Banderas, TX. Anyway, just thought I'd share a few and very thankful my grandmother kept them all.
Thanks for the post and pictures. Truly part of "the Greatest Generation." Very sad that a large part of our citizens no longer care or honor such heroes as your great-grandfather. Memorial Day, D-Day, and Veterans Day are irrelevant to many.

Never forget. I won't and don't. Thoughts, prayers, and condolences to your extended family, over the generations, TheGrayRider.
 

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Thanks for the post and pictures. Truly part of "the Greatest Generation." Very sad that a large part of our citizens no longer care or honor such heroes as your great-grandfather. Memorial Day, D-Day, and Veterans Day are irrelevant to many.

Never forget. I won't and don't. Thoughts, prayers, and condolences to your extended family, over the generations, TheGrayRider.
Thank you for the words. I only wish I could've spoke with some of these heros of past generations.

This is an awesome thread. We have some incredible individuals amongst us.
 

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First pick is me and my best friend the day we swore in together. He never truly came back from Iraq and died of a drug overdose in 2013. Second pic is me upon returning from my tour with 2nd 505th Parachute infantry reg 82nd Airborne. Third is my son, father and me he served 20yrs in the Navy and passed away in October. Scrolling through this has been by far the best forum I’ve seen on here.
 

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