Just for fundraising, I created a T-shirt that means a lot to me. I belong to the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Jim is a member of the American Legion. In order to raise some donation funds for each organization, today I created Thank A Veteran T-Shirt. There are only 15 shirts for sale, and only for 21 days, so come October 3rd the sale ends no matter what. I purchased the first one to start the ball rolling! Thanks in advance for your purchases!
When I was growing up here in Washington state there were certain things we knew of about history and our surrounding area. One of them was that the famous ‘surrender’ ship USS Missouri was berthed here in Bremerton, inside (as it was then known) Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. You could see it from Navy Yard Highway as you came into town, and seeing it, you were impressed by its enormous size.
USS Missouri – (BB 63) 1987
I have a couple photos we took back in the mid 1980’s when Jim’s dad was here for a visit. He is a WWII veteran (see
Also in our party as we toured the ship was Loren’s daughter Lorrie and her son Brent, as well as our son Greg. I doubt that the two young boys had as much interest in the ship at the time as their grandfather because they had no point of reference then.
As an added bonus to this post, here is an additional photo, this one of the USS New Jersey as it looked in 1983. If my memory serves, it was stationed in California at the time at Long Beach. This Day in History – July1, 1985 the New Jersey was undergoing upkeep in Long Beach.
Sadly, the Missouri left the Bremerton area for good in 1985, but that wasn’t the last time she would see service in war time. She was reactivated in the early 1990’s to be used in the Gulf War. During one period of use her 16 inch guns fired over 800 projectiles. She was finally decommissioned in March of 1992. Her permanent berth is now adjacent to the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The New Jersey is located in Camden, New Jersey
USN Ships — USS Missouri
USN Ships –USS New Jersey
Original photos in this article are owned by Carol Wilkerson
Be A Part Of Preserving United States History!
I’m proud to say I’m a backer participant in the Kickstarter of Maureen Taylor’s film “Revolutionary Voices” A Last Muster Film. She and Verissima Productions are raising funds to get this film made about Revolutionary era people who lived during the time our country was becoming a nation. I hope you will join me in helping make this historical film possible by contributing what you can to the endeavor. See more about this film by clicking the video below.
My Revolutionary War Era Ancestors
You may not know it, but the faces you see in these images might be those of someone who was a child during the Revolutionary War era. Why do I say that? Because the people in these tintypes are of a certain age that might have fit that criteria. The tintypes are from my Yates family and my grandfather Will Yates probably inherited them when his own father Jim Yates passed away. They sat in a closet or dresser for many years until I asked for them.
These men listed below are my Revolutionary War Patriots (although I am in the DAR only through one of them*):
*Capt. Thomas POINDEXTER
NORTH CAROLINA Rank(s): CAPTAIN, CIVIL SERVICE
1733 HANOVER CO VIRGINIA
1-1-1807 SURRY CO NORTH CAROLINA
HAUN, NC REV ARMY ACCTS, VOL VIII, PART 6, P 800; CLARK, STATE RECS OF NC, VOL 22, PP 502,505
1) CAPT, PAID FOR SERVICES
2) SHERIFF, JUROR, 1777
VIRGINIA Rank: PRIVATE
11-30-1841 ADAIR CO KENTUCKY
1) CAPTS. BARNETT & LEAK, COL. CAMPBELL
Residence 1) County: ALBEMARLE CO – State: VIRGINIA
Spouse: 1)Hannah Gay
Richard Osgathorpe – Not yet recognized for Rev War Service (I have his pay voucher though).
Served from North Carolina
Today, December 7, 2012 is the 71st Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As we remember those who we lost that day, we also remember the heroes who made a difference. One of them was Dorie Miller. I hope you will click this link to Angela Walton-Raji’s blog post and read about this wonderful man. Remembering Dorie Miller, An American Hero.