January 30, 2015

WHAT WAS GAINED, WHAT WAS TAKEN FROM THE 24 NEW ARMY MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS

John W. Whitmore, headstone at Pleasant Grove, IA

An Honorable Way To Fight Back Against Racism

I lived through the 60’s when race riots were in full swing. I truly thought we were making racism more and more of an anathema, but as we have all seen in the news racism has come back with a fury since President Obama was elected. As an American, I am proud to see there is a small righting of wrongs that will be done to honor the service of 24 men who were denied the Medal of Honor because of the color of their skin. As you probably know, no one “wins”  a Medal of Honor, but it is also not just wearing of a medal.  Consider these other benefits:

  • Special Medal of Honor pension of $1,194 per month above and beyond any military pensions or other benefits for which they may be eligible. The MOH pension is subject to cost-of-living increases.
  • Special entitlements to Space A air transportation.
  • Enlisted recipients are entitled to a supplemental uniform allowance.
  • Commissary and exchange privileges (includes eligible dependents).
  • Admission to the United States military academies for qualified children of recipients — without nomination and quota requirements.
  • 10 percent increase in retired pay.
  • Medal of Honor Flag.
  • Allowed to wear the uniform at anytime as long as the standard restrictions are observed.
  • Many states offer Medal of Honor automobile license plates.
  • Interment at Arlington National Cemetery if not otherwise eligible.

Which brings me to the “What Was Taken” part of the title of this article. Decades have passed since the end of the Vietnam War. The men who are deceased and were awarded posthumously the medal will have the honor attached to their names, but it is their families, and those of the few still living that I think of now with some sorrow for what was taken away from them. First in my mind is the missed educational opportunities the children of these men were denied. What great mind did we fail to enrich? Did any of the families falter financially when the extra money from the award might have meant better health, or a longer life? So many “what if’s” to be sure.

Twenty Four Heroes

One last thought, this award of the Medal of Honor cannot be seen as anything more than honoring the gallantry of individuals who didn’t think of the color of their skin when they fought and gave their lives. We need to focus on the kind of men they are and were: HEROES

Thank you gentlemen.

Medal of Honor: Congress Only APPROVED It Graveyard Rabbit Carnival – The Whittemores of Pleasant Grove Iowa

Historical Maryland Cabin Is Moved To A New Lakeside Location

Cabin

Cabin

The Chester Cabin “Houyhnhnm”

The cabin in this video was built in 1927 from old, dead chestnut trees from a location in Maryland. I’m purposely not giving too much information about the owners and it’s new location in order to preserve the owner’s security. I love the way the video was filmed, as well as the story written by the owner and presented from the cabin’s point of view. I hope you enjoy it, and will give it a good rating on YouTube if you do.

 

Mystery Stories With A Genealogical Focus

Some people are so entertained by the mysteries in their own family trees they could write a book. I know I am. What could be more fun than spending your spare time with some fictional stories like Mystery Stories With A Genealogical Focus to curl up with during the holidays? And, if you are a Kindle user, 53 of them are also available in that format. Ninety-eight of them have at least a four star rating as well.  Click the link, feed your addiction! :)

The Genealogist’s Guests is written by Ann Simpson. Ann Simpson lives in Falmouth, Virginia near the Civil War Battlegrounds of Historic Fredericksburg. Most of her paranormal writing takes place in the early morning before the family wakes and the spirits rest. A writer who lives on the land her ancestors camped during the Civil War. Where there’s no shortage of ghosts. There are power lines now where her ancestors camped, a place called Camp Mud. As Ann writes paranormal fiction she looks out the window at the power line, her ancestors nearby.

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DAR To Allow DNA Evidence For New Applications And Supplementals In 2014

DAR DNA

DAR DNA

President General DAR Lynn Young’s Announcement Regarding DNA Documentation

In a new announcement today, the President General of the DAR has said that Y-DNA evidence will be accepted as additional documentation for new member applicants and supplementals. A portion of the text reads:

So what that means is that beginning January 1, 2014, NSDAR will accept Y-DNA evidence in support of new member applications and supplemental applications. DNA evidence submitted along with other documentation will be considered along with all of the other source documentation provided to prove heritage. Y-DNA will not be considered as stand-alone proof of linage because while it can be used as a tool point to a family, it cannot be used as absolute proof for an individual.

Read the entire article on President General Lynn Young’s blog here.

To be honest, I never thought this would be something the DAR would agree to, but I am so very glad for all of us that they have. It will be just one more source, and could  make all the difference for families.

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