To My Relatives On Veteran’s Day…. Thank You!

I know there are many relatives who served our country that are not yet on this list. By next year, I hope that I can find you and add you to our little tribute.

From Philip Sr., Colleen, Philip Jr. and Kevin…. THANK YOU!

On Veteran’s Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.

Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;

In the jungle or the desert,
On land or on the sea,
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.

Some came back; some didn’t.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.

No matter what the duty,
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.

Let every veteran be honored;
Don’t let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can’t repay.

We owe so much to them,
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let’s say “thank you” to every wearer.

By Joanna Fuchs

Private Ralph Yerks

b. 1894 d.1918
World War I, US Army, 9th Infantry, 2nd Division
Killed in Action and is buried in Thiaucourt, France at the St. Mihiel American Cemetery.
Genealogy Note: Colleens Great Uncle

Second Lieutenant Harry W. Lewis

b.1892 d.1972
World War I, American Expeditionary Forces
Served on the United States Expeditionary Force in France. Stay an extra year after the Armistice was signed and played tennis for the AEF team assigned to rebuild relations in war torn Europe.
Genealogy Note: My Grandfather

James Tierney

b. 1894 d.1931
World War I, American Expeditionary Forces
Company M, 307 Infantry
James served in France and saw many friends die in Europe. We have a letter from him, to his brother Frank, while in France.
Genealogy Note: My Great Uncle

Lloyd Lewis

b.1928  d. 2000
Korean War Conflict
Served in a “secondary” MASH unit in Japan.�
Genealogy Note: My Uncle

Colonel Robert E. Dunn, US Army

b. 1892 d. 1974
Served in both World War I and World War II. In WWII Colonel Dunn lead a black Division of Engineers on Okinawa.
Genealogy Note: Husband to Grace Elinor Tierney, my Great Aunt.

James Leroy Yerks III

b. 1938
Non-Wartime
Served in the U.S. Navy
Genealogy Note: Colleen’s Father.

William B. Yerks

b. 1891 d. 1960
World War I
William fought in World War I and survived a Mustard Gas attack, only to die of complications of it some years later.
Genealogy Note: Colleens Great Uncle and brother of Private Ralph Yerks.

Jonathan J. Foley

b. 1896 d. 967
Genealogy Note: Husband of Agnes Beattie, my Great Aunt.

Brian Hogan

Gulf War 1990 -1991
Genealogy Note: Husband to my cousin, Patty Brady Hogan.

John W. Dunn

b. 1930 d. 2000
USAF Active Duty 1948-1953
Korea 1950-1952
USAF AIR Guard – Berlin Wall Conflict 1961-1962
Retired USCG reserves 1979
Genealogy Note: Son of Edna V. Hone, a distant cousin to Colleen.

John E Dunn

1985-1990, USAF Active Duty
Genealogy Note: Another distant cousin to Colleen.

William Sheehan

Fred Barnes

George Condos

Nick Condos

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Philip (Phil) Hayes is the CEO of Sirius Innovations, LLC. As CEO of Sirius Innovations, LLC, he served as a Technology Solutions Consultant and Web Applications Programmer for fortune 500 companies, large municipalities and hospitals. He is fluent in the SQL, ColdFusion, PHP and Javscript programming languages. He is also a power user of the WordPress Content Management System, commonly used for blogging. Phil's latest product development includes a service called 'Map The Past'. The advanced, yet easy to use functionality offered in this product will enable its members to "Walk in the Footsteps of Their Ancestors". Phil became a Genealogy addict when in 1998, his Uncle, Lloyd W Lewis, sat he and his wife down on the deck of his Uncle's Pennsylvania home and told them the story of his Great, Great Grandfather Henry W. Lewis, the Privateer. The story was so intriguing that Phil found himself yearning for more details. Hence…. Philip Hayes, the Genealogist was born. Leveraging his technology skills, Philip has grown and developed the family tree well beyond what his Uncle could have ever dreamed of. Combining the power of technology and the primary sources from historical documents, Philip developed his own family history web site, based on the Word Press Content Management System (http://www.hayesfamily.us). Upon publishing the site, it has inspired many people to develop interest in the family's history and has connected Philip to several undiscovered relatives and their family stories. Phil is a member of numerous historical and genealogy societies, including the Association of Professional Genealogists

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