I come from a long line of folks who did what they had to in order to survive. I have done some backtracking and homework on my ancestry and found many interesting souls that I am honored to be descended from. Like most American families that have been here since pre-revolution, I have a few veterans, and folks involved in the military in some way, in my lineage.
Paternal Line (Research Not Complete):
Frederick Nester – Militia Soldier in Revolutionary War
Anderson Thompson Nester – Died fighting in the Civil War
John Anderson Nester – Registered for WWI but not drafted
Reford Dale Nester, Sr. – Registered for Vietnam War but not drafted
George Robert Rodgers – Registered for WWI but not drafted
Cecil C. Rogers (Rodgers might be the correct spelling, there is some discrepancy even in currently living family) – Died in the Normandy Beach invasion during WWII
Maternal Line (Research Not Complete):
Supposedly there is someone on this line that was involved in the Revolutionary War, but I haven’t found him yet.
John A. Moore – Registered for WWI but not drafted
Kenneth Quinton Moore – Ret. Air Force Captain
Mary Elizabeth Lukefahr – Civil Servant to the US Army Quartermasters
My contribution to the family history:
My husband, Bill, is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
If my daughters decided to join the military when they are of age, I would completely support them in that decision and be very, very proud of them.
Every soldier that has, or currently is, trained to protect the freedom of my family I will be forever grateful to. Those whom have died for that freedom deserve all the remembrance and honor we can give.