AfriGeneas Military Research Forum Archive
For the first time in years, I'm not back home on the rez, with all of the Veteran's Day activities that go with it. Military service on most reservations is a very big deal. Modern trappings on old warrior tradition creates a higher level of respect for veterans than you see in many areas of the country.
Not being "home", has reminded me of some of my many extended family members-and all the "Uncles" and clan relatives who were Navajo Code Talkers-and whose numbers are dwindling more rapidly every year.
So, I wanted to just post a reminder to all of those forum members-to document whatever family history you can. Most of the remaining World War II vets are leaving us all too rapidly-and much information has already been lost. Please look around you, and see what you can do to help prevent even further loss. Korean War Vets, VN vets-all becoming fewer, and many dying younger as the result of "modern warfare". Just like phosgene gas killed so many WWI soldiers-Agent orange and other chemicals, disabilities and consequences are taking their toll.
Even simple things can be important. You as a vet-Can you identify all those people in the pictures you have from your service? Are they documented? (Hint, don't use ink on the back of photos-it can bleed through to the front-use pencil instead.) Does your family know your service history, so it can be carried on to other generations. For everyone-have you talked with your parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents-for their stories-and to help record those names/faces/places? How many boxes of old fading photos are kicking around with no identification? Do you know what those service stripes/medals/insignia mean? How much of that history is there for your descendants to readily understand?