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Family Stories: August 7, 2021 – National Purple Heart Day

National Purple Heart Day – August 7, 2021 Purple Heart Day commemorates the creation of our military’s oldest American military decoration… first created for military merit during the American Revolutionary War… the Badge for Military Merit was awarded and decorated … Continue reading

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2019: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 34 (Aug. 19-25): Tragedy

2019: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 34 (Aug. 19-25): Tragedy I “first” joined Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on its “first” year in 2014… and what a whirlwind year that was… writing, editing and researching daily for 365 days! As much … Continue reading

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Letters & Papers from the Trunk in the Hall: Western Union; March 2, 1945

Letters & Papers from the Trunk in the Hall: Western Union; March 2, 1945 The “Trunk in the Hall” held the letters and papers my grandparents saved – and they saved everything from cancelled checks, postcards telling of the next … Continue reading

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WWII: The History of V-Mail

WWII: The History of V-Mail As I prepare to transcribe the V-Mail letters I have from my uncle to my grandparents and mother – I became interested in its history. V-Mail stood in short for “Victory Mail” and was developed … Continue reading

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Edgar “Leroy” McKinley: The Boy – The Man – The Soldier

Edgar “Leroy” McKinley: The Boy –  The Man  –  The Soldier 1924 – 1945 I participate on a monthly basis in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Week 52 Ancestor stories challenge. It’s funny how my story today speaks to all four weeks … Continue reading

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