I realized quickly that I’d have to “think outside the box” to learn about my ancestors. I LOVE to interview people, and listen to stories about "the older days" when life seemed a little slower and simpler. I study USGS maps, plats, read chanceries, look for long forgotten cemeteries and try to help preserve memories people share with me. This blog is ad free, so it's easier to focus on sharing stories. Feel free to sign the guestbook, or join the FaceBook group. Even if we aren't related by DNA, I'd still love to hear about your research efforts and family stories. I am interested in posting (to this blog) stories relevant to the Mecklenburg-Brunswick families.

09 March 2013

Virginia Veterans at the Virginia War Memorial- Part 2

If you see a name of interest on any of these pictures and would like a copy of the picture, email me. I'll be happy to send you a copy of the picture I took
Each name, the museum knows a little about the person, such as unit, which family member was informed of their death, and where they were from. Here are the pictures of veterans from Mecklenburg and Brunswick, Virginia. Click on any of the pictures and you can view them full screen.

Mecklenburg, VA- WWII
Brunswick, VA- WWII
Korean wall

Mecklenburg, VA- Korea

Brunswick, VA- Korea
top of Vietnam wall
Brunswick, VA- Vietnam

Mecklenburg, VA- Vietnam
Persian Gulf- none from Mecklenburg or Brunswick posted

I have one more picture to add that isn't from Brunswick or Mecklenburg. But his family was. Paul Stafford Gray, the son of Thomas B. Gray (Born Mecklenburg) and Lelia Edenbeck (born Brunswick). He died in WWII. So this is a picture of Danville city:

Here is the names that are in those pictures below. In WWII there were 78 from Mecklenburg and 37 from Brunswick. In Korea there were 6 from Mecklenburg and 3 from Brunswick. Vietnam there were 11 from Mecklenburg and 4 from Brunswick. None from more recent than Vietnam on the wall. See previous post, part one for address to museum: web address, and location and phone number. I spent a lot of time checking, double and triple checking the names. But if I still goofed, please point out the error so I can fix it. The numbering keeps glitching in the post right now.

Update 10 Mar 2013. On the top right of this blog are pages. Click on the tab "Virginia War Monument" and you will see a list of all the names in the pictures, by each picture.

Virginia Veterans at the Virginia War Memorial- Part 1

Wall of Honor starting with USS Cole
picture two of first half
flags & fallen soldier

My husband and I went to Richmond, Virginia to celebrate our anniversary. We both love history, art, and photography. I made two stops to take pictures and notes for my blog. (The Virginia War monument and Chimborazo hospital museum -which will be the next subject for a post). It was a very cloudy, overcast day, which I knew would be perfect for photographing the war monument, (regarding reflections on the glass walls). The last time I went, I heard they were just about to expand the monument. I wanted to see what they did, plus take pictures of all of Mecklenburg and Brunswick county names on the walls.

Part 2
If a person's name is on the wall, that means they died as a result of battle. This monument begins with WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and continues to the present. Virginia is the only state with a monument like this. There is a temporary display for all the more recent soldiers who have died from Virginia, including their picture. Starting with the USS Cole. There were 4 Virginians on the USS Cole. Here are some pictures of that exhibit of the most recent soldiers, on the right. Some unit flags in the theater room are on the left. Then a couple other museum pics below, centered. In the museum there are manikins dressed in uniforms from Virginia for each war or conflict, including women's uniforms. Near the entrance there is a symbolism display for missing in action soldiers. There are a number of movies to watch too. There's also a library you can visit and research by appointment. If you had a relative who fought for Virginia, if you are interested in Virginia veterans, or just love veterans, you will love and appreciate this monument and museum. This post is just a little glimpse of what is there and available.

This is the website:   http://www.vawarmemorial.org/VAWM/default.aspx
address and phone:
621 S. Belvidere Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220

I will post in a few minutes all names from Brunswick and Mecklenburg, Virginia as Part 2.  Click on any picture to view full screen. All these pictures were taken by my husband and I, -1 Mar 2013.

top of Vietnam wall

Persian Gulf