I had 14, many great, grandfathers of mine fight in the Revolutionary War on our side, 2 of whom later fought in the War of 1812. 2 others were Quakers, who gave up their religion and took up arms when the British comitted atrocities in their town in Maryland. I had 1 many great grandfather fight for the British.
One of the 4 men killed on the battlements at Fort McHenry, under the rockets red glare, was a many great uncle of mine.
I had many, many great grandfathers fight in the Civil War, most for the South.
Both of my grandfathers fought in WWII. My maternal grandfather lied about his age and enlisted at 16. He was in Germany at barely 17 years old and met the russians coming from the East. My paternal grandfather was in medical school, studying to be a surgeon, when we entered the war. He enlisted as a medic. He was shot by the japs in the hand, while carrying a stretcher. He went back and carried out and saved more wounded men. My paternal grandfather never talked about the war. My father didn't know my grandfather had medals until he found them in a desk drawer twenty some years later. After the war, the injury to his hand and the malaria he caught in the Philippines prevented my grandfather from becoming a surgeon.
I had three Uncles that served. One died in France, One died in the Aluetian Islands the third was a POW in Vietnam. My Father served in Vietnam. I was Born in 67 and he was already wounded and Stateside before I was born. I served and went to Desert Storm in Iraq. I did not want my oldest son to serve because it is not the Military it used to be. He went in but did not reup. Even he admits it is getting to WOKE!!! Now he is an engineer for Harley Davidson in Milwaukee married to a Nurse and doing what we expect of him..... Giving us Grandkids!!!!! THAT is his Job..
God please keep they 19 fallen UBB miners out of trouble up there.
My paternal grandfather was on the Western Front, WW1. My father was a navigator on a B-29 in the Pacific in WW2, also occupation in Japan after Japan surrendered. I was on Navy destroyers, two tours to SE Asia, first tour was on the USS John R Craig, DD-885, gun line, Tonkin Gulf. Second tour on the USS Hoel DDG-13.