Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Salute To My Family That Served

I would like to salute the members of my
family and all of those who have gave all to
keep us a free Nation.
May We Never Forget them and the sacrifices
they made.




Frederick Eveland
Revolutionary War 4th Connecticut
Died 1828

Sgt. Frederick Eveland on the muster rolls of the 2nd Westmoreland Independent Company under the command of Capt. Samuel Ransom and the Wyoming Independent Company commanded by Capt. Simon Spalding. Enlisted from Aug 26, 1776 to May 10, 1781.
His name also appears in the Valley Forge Muster list from Jan 1778 to May 1778.


Ulysses L. Johnson
was a Corporal in Company L of the 30th Regiment,
Infantry W.S. Volunteers in April 24, 1900
at Tayabas, Prov. Tayabas, Luzon P.I.
Died  1930



Thomas Eveland
Died 1914


Bill Shaeffer
US Army WWII  Died 1995


Samuel Eveland
US Navy WWII Died 1984


Billy Massengale
US Navy


Darrell Hill
Career Officer died 2008


Galen ‘Tyke” Shaeffer & Samuel Eveland Jr.
US Army Viet Nam
Galen Died 1969 had been home for 2 months
and never saw his son born.
Sammy died  1980 was awarded a Purple Heart
For wounds in Viet Nam


Billy Massengale Jr.
Has done 2 tours Iraq
And 2 tours Afghanistan
He currently is in tour 2 in Afghanistan



Memorial Day

We walked among the crosses
Where our fallen soldiers lay.
And listened to the bugle
As TAPS began to play.
The Chaplin led a prayer
We stood with heads bowed low.
And I thought of fallen comrades
I had known so long ago.
They came from every city
Across this fertile land.
That we might live in freedom.
They lie here 'neath the sand.
I felt a little guilty
My sacrifice was small.
I only lost a little time
But these men lost their all.
Now the services are over
For this Memorial Day.
To the names upon these crosses
I just want to say,
Thanks for what you've given
No one could ask for more.
May you rest with God in heaven
From now through evermore

- C. W. Johnson-


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A Garden of Threads said...

A fitting tribute to your family members who served in the military. I agree with your 'It is the solider' verses, having a son in the Canadian Military. Take care.

bennie and patsy said...

What a wonderful family history.
I always get choked up with tears to see brave men that loved this America.

leavesnbloom said...

A wonderful tribute Lona

They gave their lives so that we could have our freedom.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post, Beautiful Tribute
They will live forever in grateful hearts.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

You certainly have an impressive list of veterans in your family. How wonderful that you remember them on this special day!


Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

You sure have a lot of people in your family that have served our country.
We are lucky that they and so many others have given of themselves to help protect our country.

Kimberly said...

What a beautiful tribute to your family! I'm born and raised by an Army Colonel..I know military life well. My brother also served in the Navy. I am so thankful to every serviceman/woman who has sacrificed their time and too often their lives for us and our freedoms! I do not take that for granted. Wonderful post!

The Redneck Rosarian said...

What an incredible legacy of service. I am so grateful for all those who have served our country.

We all come to realize that freedom is not free.....

BGgarden said...

This is a wonderful share to salute the brave men and women who keep us safe each day.

Happy Memorial day to you fellow Ohioan.

Bonnie said...

Wonderful family history. Thanks for sharing it.

Floridagirl said...

That was a loving and beautiful tribute to the military servicemen in your family. They are all appreciated for their service.

Roses and Lilacs said...

You are lucky to have those old photos.

God Bless your family members who fought and died for their country.

CiNdEe said...

I just saw this and wondered if you are a D.A.R member? I also have ancestors from the Revolutionary War. I am a D.A.R.(-:
Interesting things to learn about the family history(-:
Nice tribute to your family!