I know Veterans Day was technically yesterday and today is the federal holiday since Veterans Day fell on a Sunday. In honor of Veterans Day, I thought I’d mention a number of my ancestors who have served in the military. I have ancestors who have known to have fought in the Korean War, World War II, World War I, The Civil War and the Revolutionary War.
Korean War and World War II Veterans
- My father, William Alfred Sanders served in World War II as part of the occupational forces in Korea. He was later recalled to serve in the Korean War.
World War I Veterans
- My maternal grandfather, James Francis Fox served during World War I. He was training in the states when the war ended.
- My paternal grandfather, William Herbert Sanders also served during World War I. He was also training in the states when the war ended.
Civil War Veterans
- My ancestor John Douglas Laurie served in the 10th Connecticut Infantry. Unfortunately on October 13, 1864, he was wounded and left on the battlefield as the 10th was forced to retreat. He was captured and became a prisoner of war. He was paroled a few days later and died less than a month after the battle.
- My ancestor Edwin A. Banks served in the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery. He enlisted at the age of 17 and was in a number of battles with his twin brother Edward.
- My ancestor Patrick Fraher served in the 12th US Regular Army. He was injured during training and was discharged due to a disability. He never saw any action.
Revolutionary War Veterans
- My ancestor Abel Ford served in the Revolutionary War. He served during the battle when General Burgoyne surrended in upstate New York.
- My ancestor Moses Oysterbanks served in the Revolutionary War
- My ancestor James Shepard served in the Revolutionary War
- My ancestor Seth Gray served in the Revolutionary War