Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Revolutionary War (fighting for the British)
War of 1812 (fighting for the United States)
Civil War (fighting for the Union)
Philander Eugene Pearce
British Occupation of India
Crimean War, British Occupation of Australia, Fenian War (as a member of the Royal Canadian Rifles)
British Army, late Victorian period
James Ocean McMurray
World War I, War of Polish Independence (1919-1920)
World War II
Melvin Zuch, Pacific Theater
Ray Litwin, US Army Air Corps, European Theater
Alfred McMurray, US Army Reserves
Some of these men fought for causes that were noble; some of them fought for imperialist powers. Some of them were brave; some were cowards. Some of them were dedicated men, trusted by their superiors and loved by their compatriots. Some of them hated military life, and served poorly. One was involved in the bloodiest 20 minutes in American history, an event of spectacular waste and destruction that haunted its architect all the days of his life. Another marched in one of the great military victories of the 20th century, a victory that his countrymen still celebrate nearly a century later. More than a few required their families to trek across oceans and wilderness, following them in their service. They wore buckskin dyed the color of a summertime forest and red coats with white breeches and blue kepis and bullfrog green tunics and olive drab and khaki, and one wore a uniform the color of the midday sky, a uniform hardly anyone remembers anymore.
They were soldiers.
Remember them today.