My family, like most American families, has sent many of our men & women to serve in all branches of our military (except for the coastguard, however my grandson-in-law is planning to join). My grandfather was a Marine, he fought in the Banana wars & in WWI. My father was a civilian working for the Navy on a submarine when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He came home, married my mother & joined the Army. My Dad served in the Pacific and came home safe. His brother Captain George J. Watts served in WWII in the 82nd Airborne Division,the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He served in Europe. George received a Purple Heart & a Bronze Star while he was alive. After his death the President awarded him the Silver Star for gallantry in action. Uncle George is our only family member to die in service to his country. He is buried in Italy. He is the only family member who never came home. (except for a cousin who married an English girl while stationed in England but that's another story). My Aunt joined the Navy & also served during WWII. My Dad's younger brother served in Korea in the Air force. My brother & five of my cousins (two of them nurses) served in Vietnam in the Army. One of those cousins (a nurse) & her husband served in the Gulf War (at least two tours each).My nephew graduated from Annapolis , became a helicopter pilot in the Navy & served all over the Persian Gulf & in Afghanistan. As I mentioned earlier the next generation in my family is already gearing up to serve. I doubt my family history is much different from anyone else's reading this blog. I want to say thank you to all who have served & those serving now. Thank you to the families left behind. Thank you to our wounded warriors & their families. Thank you to all who lost family members. A great place to help our wounded warriors you can donate at www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate again THANK YOU........Joan
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