Sunday, November 11, 2012

A thank-you to my veteran relatives


Lieutenant Valentine COLBY (1728-1812), 6th great-grandfather, who was a "Minuteman" at Lexington.

Samuel SEVERANCE (b. 1741), 5th great-grandfather, who fought at Bunker Hill.

Captain Jacob WEBSTER (1744-1836), 5th great-grandfather, who was at Ticonderoga.

Private Thomas B. Mace (1843-1862), 3rd great-uncle, of the 2nd New Hampshire, Company K, who fought for the Union in the Civil War and who fell at Williamsburg.

Private Daniel Webster MACE (1845-1924), 3rd great-uncle and brother of Thomas, of the 50th and 59th Massachusetts Infantry, who fought for the Union in the Civil War. He was wounded and captured at Petersburg, Virginia on 19 July 1864 and spent 5 months at Andersonville prison camp before he was exchanged in November of 1864. He was discharged in May of 1865.

James Fitzgerald RYAN (1920-1995), great-uncle, who served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

Joel K., my father, who served in the U.S. Army as a medic.

Lisa S., my sister, who was a linguist in the U.S. Air Force.

David K., my brother, who was a fireman in the U.S. Air Force.

Julie K., my sister, who served in the U.S. Army.

David S., my brother-in-law, who recently retired as a Major General of the U.S. Air Force.

Thank you to everyone else who serves and who has served our country. Your service and sacrifice is so greatly appreciated.