This is a revision of my post from 8 June 2011:
Decoration Day, now called Memorial Day, started to remember the war dead from the War Between the States and later was expanded to include all United States military actions.
To obtain Veteran Service Records go to http://www.archives.gov/veterans/
I served in the Army Security Agency during
the Vietnam War. I was stationed in Ft Devens, Massachusetts; Ft.
George G. Meade, Maryland; Shemya Air Force Station on Shemya Island,
Alaska; and TUSLOG Det-4 in Sinop, Turkey.
TEDDY EUGENE MIDDLETON, Army - CPL - E4
Age: 19 Date of Birth: Oct 29, 1949 From: MASON, OH
Length of service 0 years, 7 months in country; His tour began on Dec 16, 1968; Casualty was on Jul 15, 1969 In BINH LONG, SOUTH VIETNAM; HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY, GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE; Body was recovered.
MARTIN STEVE GRUBER, Army - SP4 - E4 Age:19 Date of Birth Feb 13, 1949 From: MASON,OH
1st Infantry Division;
Length of service 1 years, 4 months in country; His tour began on Mar 28, 1968; Casualty was on Aug 8, 1968; In BINH DUONG, SOUTH VIETNAM; HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY, MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS; Body was recovered.
Korean War and World War II:
My father, Denval "Dennie" or "Dick" Perkins, served in the US Navy and
saw combat in WWII and the Korean War. He was on several ships that
were sunk, one being the USS Preston DD-379 which was sunk during the
Second Battle of Guadalcanal or Third Battle of Savo Island. He served
17 years in the Navy. His younger brother, Ralph Carl Perkins, served 25
years in the Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer. He
served in the Korean War and later was a Recruiter.
of my maternal Uncles served in WWII in the US Army, Arnold Dow Ball,
and Homer Darus Ball. Both saw combat in France and Italy.
World War I:
paternal grandmother's first husband, James Francis "Frank" Inman
served in the US Army during WWI. I do not know if he saw combat. I
haven't found any others with service during WWI.
Spanish American War:
US Civil War:
of my ancestors and their siblings fought for the Union during the US
Civil War: my paternal great grandfather, Jesse Perkins; my paternal
great great grandfather, Nathaniel F. Walker; my maternal great great
grandfathers, James Ball; Jesse D. Swain; John Kidd.
My maternal second great aunt's fiance, Reuben Meadors, was killed in the Mexican- American War.
War of 1812:
American Revolution -
fourth great grandfather, Timothy Perkins, and his brother, Joseph
Perkins, who were from New Haven, Connecticut and lived in Ashe and
Wilkes Co., North Carolina, were Loyalists in the American Revolution
and they served in several South Carolina Militia companies, one of
which was commanded by a Captain Benjamin Perkins. It is not known if
he was a relative. Timothy was killed during the War. During the War
the Perkins brothers supposedly captured a notorious American officer,
Col Benjamin Cleveland, and locked him in an out-building while they
went to get other Loyalists. It is said that their wives let him
Fourth great grandfathers Henry Porch served
from Virginia; and William Bishop; Samuel Wiatt served from North
Carolina; James Sullivan, who later became a Methodist Circuit rider,
served from Virginia as did his brothers, John Sullivan, and Charles
Craven Sullivan; as did fifth great grandfathers John Bennett of North
Carolina; James Whitecotton of Virginia; Joshua Moses served from North
Carolina, was captured for nine months and escaped from a prison ship in
Charleston Harbor, his brothers John Moses and Samuel Moses also
The brother of my
fifth great grandfather, Lt. James Ball of Virginia; fifth great
grandparents Lt. Joshua Phipps of Virginia at Battle of Guilford
Courthouse; Jeremiah Burnett of Virginia; James Harvey May of Virginia;
Thomas Stephens of Virginia.