Saturday, November 11, 2006

Veterans Day - my heroes

On Veterans Day, we honor those who have served our country and have given their lives so that we can remain free.

My ancestors who have served in the military since the Revolutionary War include:


1. World War II

* Frederick W. Seaver (1911-1983, my father) served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Halford. The picture is from 1944.

He and my mother are buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, on Point Loma overlooking the city and the Pacific Ocean.


2. World War I

* Lyle L. Carringer (1891-1976, my grandfather) served in the United States Marines in San Diego. The picture is from 1917.


3. Civil War -- Isaac Seaver (1823-1901, my great-great-grandfather) of Leominster MA, a blacksmith, served in the Union Army.


4. War of 1812

* James Bell (1777-1836) of Albany NY and later Henderson NY, served in the NY Militia.

* Amos Underhill (1772-1865) of Aurora NY served in the NY Militia.


5. Revolutionary War

* Martin Carringer (1758-1835) of Mercer County PA (RW Pension file)
* Philip Row (1752-1817) of Hunterdon County NJ (RW Pension File)
* Peter Putman (1760-1835) of NJ and Yates County NY (RW Pension file)
* Stephen Feather (17??-1804) of NJ and Westmoreland county PA
* Rudolf spengler (1738-1811) of York County PA
* Philip Jacob King (1738-1792) of York County PA
* Burgess Metcalf (1741-1816) of Piermont NH

* Isaac Buck (1757-1846) of Sterling MA (RevWar Pension File)
* Thomas Dill (1755-1830) of Eastham MA (RW Pension File)
* Joseph Champlin (1758-1850) of S. Kingston RI (RW Pension File)
* Norman Seaver (1734-1787) of Westminster MA
* Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) of Westminster MA
* Zachariah Hildreth (1728-1784) of Westford MA
* Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1828) of Townsend MA
* Amos Plimpton (1735-1808) of Medfield MA
* David Kirby (1740-1832) of Westport MA
* Joseph Oatley (1756-1815) of S. Kingston RI.


I thank God for these men, the families that nurtured them, the wives that supported them, and the children who learned from them about the importance of service to their country.

May God continue to bless the United States of America.


Anonymous said...

Your ancestors seem to have been
lucky in surviving the wars they participated in.But they probably had a though time.
some of my distant ancestors fought
in swedish wars but since sweden has not been in a war since 1814
it was a long time ago

Anna-Karin S

Anonymous said...

I see where you get your good looks, Randy...some fine looking men in your family. Your Dad is just a sweetie pie with those cute cheeks and beautiful eyes. Your Mom really reeled in one with him...Not that Angel Linda has not reeled in a good one with YOU! she has. Like Father, Like got your dad's cheeks LOL...reminds me of Jolly old ST. Nick's. I would also like to take an oppertunity to thank my veterans of all past wars, whose life is a testimony to God and good genes! And to all other past and present veterans, thank you for your commitment to freedom not just yours but mine and the rest of the world's as well!