06-20-2012 12:10 AM
National WWII Memorial
To honor my late Father-in-law, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps towards the end of WWII, I registered him with the National WWII Memorial, World War II Registry, the "Registry of Remembrances", around Memorial Day weekend.
From the below link:
-The fourth database - the Registry of Remembrances - is an unofficial compilation of public acknowledgements honoring U.S. citizens who helped to win the Second World War.
- The Registry of Remembrances is simply your opportunity to offer a public "thank you" to family members, friends, comrades-in-arms, and anyone else whose service inspires you to submit an enrollment in their honor.
To add an honoree is a fairly simple process electronically. You need to enter your contact info in the above link and they will send you an account number via email. Then just login with account #/zip code and follow the directions to add an honoree at the registry site. Once completed you can print out a very nice certificate which includes the honoree's name, branch of service (if applicable), hometown, honored by, activity during WWII, and photos of the memorial. Believe I had to wait 5 days to print out their official certificate since they have to approve the honoree application.
You can also search for honorees or those who served in the armed forces during WWII who were submitted by the National Archives.
Just thought I'd pass this along and greatly appreciate my Father-in-laws service to his country.
06-20-2012 2:15 PM
Very impressive, Uni. Please allow me to also express my appreciation for your family member's and many others' service to our nation and to victims of tyranny who gave so much to that terrible conflict in the 1940's.
Our visitor and his wife from Texas who spent three days with us this past week is a veteran who served two tours in Korea....one in Vietnam and another in Germany. His father served in WW II. While they were here we took one day to visit the Liberty Memorial and WW I memorial and museum here in Kansas City. A gorgeous memorial. (originally constructed in the mid-1920s) At a later time I'll post a few of the photos I shot during their visit.
06-21-2012 9:58 PM
Thanks Phil, and that's the least I can do for my late father-in-law. There is no record of him ever serving in the military since his records were destroyed, along with millions of other 1912-1960 veterans, in the fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, MO, in 1973. What a great loss...
I've checked with the Veterans Administration, along with the National Archives, and no military records for him exist. I may try and remedy this since I have copies of his honorable discharge papers, his original/official military ID, and some other copies of military records. He was also a member of the VFW for 60+ years.
06-22-2012 6:48 AM
I should check in to this for my father in law, who served in the US Army in the European theater in WW II, present at the Battle of the Bulge, et al.
My father was more fortunate. His ability to shoot earned him the position of rifle instructor at Parris Island where he remained for a large part of the war. By the time he left Parris Island and made as far as Guam, the war ended.
06-22-2012 9:27 AM
That would be a nice gesture JefferMC and as mentioned before it's easy to do. You should try doing a search for them through the below link. If you don't find them in the system try an advanced search with the "National Archives Records" selected. It's my understanding the Veterans Administration provides the National Archives with a list of all veterans in their system so names/records are transferred to this database.
Below is a copy of the nice "World War II Honoree" certificate for my father in law I printed out. It's now located in the "Registry of Remembrances" database after I filled out the info and nominated him. I'm going to frame it and hang it in our house next to the flag which was presented to my wife at his passing 2 years ago. The U.S. flag is in a nice triangular oak/glass case and includes 3 shell casing wrapped in the flag from the VFW Honor Guard firing 3 rifle volleys at his burial. I printed out and laminated his service record, along with the meaning of 3 rifle volleys, which is taped to the back of his case. That way family members/others will know what the flag presented is all about.
(personal info/names removed for privacy)
It's interesting my father in law was not sent overseas to China until 2 weeks after the war ended. He was stationed right on the boarder with China/Korea which was the precursor to the Korean War. He is still considered a WWII Veteran since his time overseas counted and he was lucky enough to be stationed in the U.S. to protect our country during the actual war.
06-22-2012 11:19 AM
I don't know if I would consider my pop lucky or not. He was a physician and tried to enlist after Pearl Harbor. Had to drive all the way to the Mayo Clinc in Rochester, Minnesota for his physical. He was turned down because of severely high blood pressure. That was early 1942 and there were none of the now-common blood pressure medications available in those days. Diuretics and avoid sodium was all they could do back then. Anyway....he stayed home and, because so many doctors went into the service those older or physically inadequate doctors still at home were badly overworked. He worked himself into a serious heart attack in early 1943...at 37 yrs. of age. He survived but never was able to return to full strength and died young at 58 from a second attack in 1964. So....sometimes....I kind of consider him a victim of that war too.