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Memorial Day | Soldier Archives Open

Posted by barbararozgonyi on May 28, 2007

Today is Memorial Day
Is there a veteran in your family – who served from 1607 to 1975?

From now until June 6, 2007 – the anniversary of D-Day, ancestry.com is putting 90 million war records online with free access. After that, you’ll have to pay about $155/year to get into the database. 

From Time Magazine . . .

Ancestry.com is unveiling more than 90 million U.S. war records from the first English settlement at Jamestown in 1607 through the Vietnam War’s end in 1975. The site also has the names of 3.5 million U.S. soldiers killed in action, including 2,000 who died in Iraq.

“The history of our families is intertwined with the history of our country,” Tim Sullivan, chief executive of Ancestry.com, said in a telephone interview. “Almost every family has a family member or a loved one that has served their country in the military.”

Our family’s story . . .  

Robert L. Cory was my youngest uncle on my mother’s side. But, I never met him. Still, I knew him.

Growing up in a house with his shadow in the corners and his life coming alive at night in stories familiarized me with the image of the young man with white blonde hair. When Uncle Bob went off to serve in World War II, he  didn’t know he would be my uncle.

What young man would think about such things when there was a war calling . . .

With every one of his brothers serving overseas, Uncle Bob couldn’t wait to see the action himself. So, he enlisted – the story goes that somehow he got in before his sixteenth birthday. He was gone before he turned 17 . . .

My uncles Herman, Merlin, Hiram, Frank and Frank served in World War II, as did my father-in-law, Tony. Uncle Marylon served in the Korean War and was an a founding member of the Vermilion County War Museum in Danville, Illinois.

Stories . . . some so powerful they become legend. What’s yours?

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