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(2,679 posts)
Mon Dec 12, 2022, 08:56 PM Dec 2022

DU military families

I saw a post about JROTC, which made curious.

How many people have multiple generations that served in the military.

Doesn’t have to be consecutively.

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DU military families (Original Post) DashOneBravo Dec 2022 OP
Your question isn't clear. DoBotherMe Dec 2022 #1
Sorry I'll rephrase it DashOneBravo Dec 2022 #3
I'm retired US Army, 20+ years. James48 Dec 2022 #2
Service Nanuke Dec 2022 #4
My son, 21 years service, RET. Navy Chief...comment regarding this story.. asiliveandbreathe Dec 2022 #5
My Dad, his brother and a few cousins. MLAA Dec 2022 #6
My husband, an Air Force Academy grad, was in for... 3catwoman3 Dec 2022 #7
Great, Great Grandfather Union Army Civil War, Mom & Dad WW2, Brother Vietnam. Fla Dem Dec 2022 #8
Both my grandfathers were in France during WW I, and both came back alive. LudwigPastorius Dec 2022 #9
Mine sarge43 Dec 2022 #10
I am the first and only. Dysfunctional Dec 2022 #11
Uncle, Korea; Father, Army, Europe WWII; Uncle, Coast Guard WWII appalachiablue Dec 2022 #12
my dad and I served in USAF Skittles Dec 2022 #13
Thanks everyone DashOneBravo Dec 2022 #14
Nice to see so many women. Corgigal Dec 2022 #15
Me: US Army, 1986-1993. Aristus Dec 2022 #16
My father and an uncle in WWII. wnylib Dec 2022 #17


(4,501 posts)
2. I'm retired US Army, 20+ years.
Mon Dec 12, 2022, 09:11 PM
Dec 2022

So is my spouse. We were both officers and now are hitting retirement age.

Multiple generations of military service-
My Dad was a 2-year draftee during Korea.

My Grandfather was in WWI in France.

Great Grandfather rode in the Indian Wars and was a blacksmith.

His grandfather was a Captain in the War of 1812, at the Battke of Fort Meigs, in Ohio. He had lived in Ontario, and left Canada to join the New York Guard.

His father was a Sergeant in the Revolutionary war.

So, yeh- my family is long term service to our nation.


(506 posts)
4. Service
Mon Dec 12, 2022, 09:18 PM
Dec 2022

My dad was WW2, Korea and Vietnam.
Two older brothers enlisted in 1969 to avoid the draft. Each served 4 years US Army.


(8,203 posts)
5. My son, 21 years service, RET. Navy Chief...comment regarding this story..
Mon Dec 12, 2022, 09:36 PM
Dec 2022

He said he read it before school this morning..he teaches 4-7th grade English now, he taught JROTC in several locations..

I read the story about JROTC…I think it’s hilarious…I love when people get their stuff in a bunch over an elective…do people really think the program is a recruiting tool?

I made a comment to NYT, have the NYT follow an instructor around all day…don’t just pick and choose a couple of whiners and make that a story. What about the graduation rate percentages of those in the program? I agree it’s a hit piece…

edit..Dad ww2, 2 brothers Viet Nam..


(17,639 posts)
6. My Dad, his brother and a few cousins.
Mon Dec 12, 2022, 09:44 PM
Dec 2022

So multigenerational but not a direct line down from my dear dad.


(24,534 posts)
7. My husband, an Air Force Academy grad, was in for...
Mon Dec 12, 2022, 10:17 PM
Dec 2022

…21 years, as a pilot. His son from his first marriage also spent a full career in the AF in law enforcement and security, and his wife was in as a nurse.

My dad and his older brother both served during WWII. My dad was in the Army and my uncle was in the Navy.

Their paternal grandfather was in the Union Army during the Civil War. I have several letters that he wrote to his mother during his enlistment.

I was in the Air Force nurse corp as a pediatric nurse practitioner - 4 years active duty, and 8 years a a reservist.

My husband and I met in Japan. We were next door neighbors in the BOQ - Bachelor Officers’ Quarters.

Fla Dem

(24,528 posts)
8. Great, Great Grandfather Union Army Civil War, Mom & Dad WW2, Brother Vietnam.
Mon Dec 12, 2022, 10:28 PM
Dec 2022

There is also some evidence that many generations ago, I have ancestors who battled the British in the Revolutionary war. Records indicate my ancestors settle in what is now Massachusetts and Maine in the mid 1600 to 1800's.


(9,780 posts)
9. Both my grandfathers were in France during WW I, and both came back alive.
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 01:57 AM
Dec 2022

My dad (the middle son of 3) enlisted in the Air Force when the Korean War started, and was lucky enough to be posted in Okinawa, on the ground, for the duration of his hitch.

His older brother was an Army MP who guarded Tojo during his incarceration and trial for war crimes. I don't believe he was ever in combat in the Pacific theater, as that was a prerequisite for guarding the Japanese prisoners.

The youngest brother was an Air Force officer who flew SIGINT missions "off the Russian coast" during the Cold War. (He never fessed up to us as having been in Russian airspace...if he did indeed fly into it.) We never knew what he did until much later, but we had our suspicions because the USAF taught him to speak fluent Russian after he enlisted.


(28,972 posts)
10. Mine
Tue Dec 13, 2022, 05:19 AM
Dec 2022

Great-great grandfather, Civil War, Army

Great grandfather, German Army, pre WWI

Grandfather, Spanish American War, Army

Father and uncles, skipped WWII, civilian war work

Brother, Korean War, Army

Husband and myself, Vietnam War, Air Force

Both nephews, post Vietnam, Army

Great nephew, Air Force


(41,645 posts)
12. Uncle, Korea; Father, Army, Europe WWII; Uncle, Coast Guard WWII
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 03:22 AM
Dec 2022

Grandfather, WWI; Great Uncles, Civil War, Union; GG Grandfather, War of 1812; GGG Grandfather, Rev. War


(154,781 posts)
13. my dad and I served in USAF
Wed Dec 14, 2022, 05:26 AM
Dec 2022

one uncle USAF, the other Army, served in Korea

grandfather was in WWI *and* was stuck for an entire week on the beaches of Dunkirk.....


(67,057 posts)
16. Me: US Army, 1986-1993.
Sat Dec 17, 2022, 12:02 AM
Dec 2022

My father: US Air Force 1958-1962, US Army, 1965-1981.
My grandfather: US Coast Guard, 1942-1946.


(22,909 posts)
17. My father and an uncle in WWII.
Sat Dec 17, 2022, 06:46 AM
Dec 2022

Father was Navy in the Pacific. Uncle was Army in Europe. My brother - Navy in Vietnam. His son - Air Force in Iraq.

An older uncle killed in WWI. A ggg-uncle died in the Civil War (Union side). A gggg-grandfather served in the War of 1812. That ancestor's father was a Sargeant in the Revolutionary War and his father was a Captain in the Revolution. The Captain's father was a Lieutenant in the French and Indian Wars. The Lieutenant's father was an Ensign in the MA colonial militia, promoted to Captain after ransoming back over 100 captives (including 3 of his children) taken by the French in a raid on his colonial village which killed his wife, daughter, BIL and SIL.

Several generations.

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