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Military Records: Good News/Bad News

I am always so inspired visiting this site and reading of others' discoveries regarding the rich military heritage of their ancestors. I recently hit a snag and could really use suggestions, if there is any way around it.

First the good news. I was finally able to come up with enough information to request my great-greatgrandfather's complete Civil War Pension package, and I am eagerly awaiting it. I know it takes a long time. I figure I've gone this long, I can wait a little longer, especially knowing that the information contained may permit me to break through that generational ceiling. (Might it indicate his parents names?) Oliver Saunders served as a Private under the surname HENDRICKS in Co. B - 121 Infantry USCT, and as a Cpl. in Co. H - 13 Heavy Artillery.

At the same time, I was able to come up with the same information to make the request for his brother Franklin's packet at the same time. They served in the same units, but I was notified by NARA about my great-great-great-uncle some two weeks later. On this front, I am very optimistic, knowing that their packets are on the way.

In the case of my great-great-uncle, Elliot Saunders (Oliver's son), the news has not been so good. Elliot not only served in the Spanish American War, but he was also a 2nd Lt., assigned to the Infantry, during WWII. I have his company name, and sent away to NARA for a copy of his pension records. Sadly, I was informed that his were among those that were destroyed in a fire. This was terribly disheartening, and I would like to know if there is any other way of piecing together his valuable military history.

Please advise.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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