“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell
In honor of Memorial Day, I wanted to do something to honor the memory of our nation’s fallen soldiers. It is regrettable that their sacrifice was so complete, and nothing we can do or say can adequately honor them on the level that they deserve. One of my attempts to honor them today is sharing this list of individuals from my records that I know have died as a result of conflict or in the line of duty while serving in the U.S. Military.
Henry Padgett in Mobile, Alabama, USA on Sunday, December 15, 1861.
William (“Bill”) Teel about 1863.
Daniel Ward** in 1867.
S Sgt. Todd Barneycastle in Italy on Tuesday, February 1, 1944.
PFC Thomas Loyd Rogers (Pictured) in Normandy, France on Thursday, June 15, 1944.
1st Lt. L. C. Barneycastle in Belgium on Sunday, December 24, 1944.
GM3 Claude Cooper Battle of The Coral Sea, sinking of USS Neosho 1942
James Hilliard Bass* in Niceville, Okaloosa, Florida, USA on Friday, March 18, 1864.
William Riley Bass* in Niceville, Okaloosa, Florida, USA on Friday, March 18, 1864.
Wilson Bennett Bass in Niceville, Okaloosa, Florida, USA on Friday, March 18, 1864.
* Civilian Killed by solders
** Died later due to wounds received.