Photos! Veterans in my Family who protected America's Freedom

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Fred Griffin Real Estate Florida Broker BK436788

     Veterans Day 2016!  Once again I honor my family members who served in the United States Armed Forces.

     Our family has fought for the United States of America for generations. World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Cold War, Iraq, and Afghanistan.


Cousin Robert, United States Army, Vietnam 1969




   Cousin Robert, United States Army    Vietnam











S. Lanier Laing, US Army, World War I




World War I


Great Uncle Samuel Lanier Laing, United States Army.

Photograph taken at Fort Pickens near Pensacola, Florida.











Master Sergeant Clayton Wilkie, US Army




World War I, World War II, Korea

Master Sergeant Clayton Wilkie, United States Army

My step-grandfather joined the Army at age 15 to fight in The Great War.

He fought at the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

He retired shortly after the beginning of the Korean War.







Douglas Lanier, United States Army





World War II


Cousin Douglas Lanier, United States Army












Great Uncle Robert Arnall, US Army World War II




     World War II

Great Uncle Robert Arnall, United States Army
















Frederick Laing Griffin, Sr. United States Army





Korean War


My father, Frederick Laing Griffin, Sr.

United States Army









James Horman, US Army ROTC



Cold War Era


Cousin Jim, US Army ROTC

Graduation Day at Furman University, SCMy sister Marjorie is standing with Cousin Jim.







Cousin Josh, U.S. Coast Guard








Cousin Josh

United States Coast Guard








      There are many other Veterans in our family.

     Brother Joe served in the U.S. Army in the 1970's.  Cousin Lee served in the U.S. Air Force in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Uncle Tom served in the United States Navy during World War II.  Cousin John served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.

     My ancestors fought in the American Revolution.  Others fought in the War of 1812.  My great-great-great-great grandfather fought alongside General Andrew Jackson during the Seminole Indian Wars in Florida, in the early 1800's.

     I joined the United States Air Force a few weeks after the Fall of Saigon in 1975.  I was Honorably Discharged, as a Sergeant, in 1979.


My family will always fight for America. 


Happy Veterans Day 2016 



American Flag


Posted by

Frederick Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker    







Tallahassee Florida Metropolitan Area    


Disclaimer:  Nothing in the above blog article is to be construed as legal advice, tax advice, or financial advice.  For legal advice see an attorney.   For tax advice or financial advice see a tax attorney, certified public accountant, or other qualified professional.



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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Fred- thank you and your family for their service and dedication to our country. I love that you have the family photos . 

Nov 11, 2016 01:37 PM #22
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin - wow! It's great to know that your family has been protecting our country for generations!

Nov 11, 2016 02:51 PM #23
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Fred,

Thank your family for their selfless service. Impressive!

Nov 11, 2016 04:16 PM #24
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Nice family veteran tribute! My Dad was a tail gunner in a B 24 and had two brothers Vietnam era service members Fred Griffin !

Nov 11, 2016 07:57 PM #25
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Fred.  Congrats on the feature, well deserved and well written.  Please accept my gratitude to your family and their sacrifice for their country

Nov 11, 2016 08:15 PM #26
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The military and its contributions bind us together and protect us all

Nov 11, 2016 10:14 PM #27
John Dotson
Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC - Highlands, NC
The experience to get you to the other side!

Those who fight make it easy for those who follow.

May God Bless our veterans every day of the year!

Nov 11, 2016 11:13 PM #28
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Very proud of your family serving for America.  The 203 mm(8") M110 self propelled guns are still in service in some countries. In fact, I saw 18 big guns fired simutaneously this year.  The vent holes about the track are not there anymore.

Great blog

Sam Shueh

Nov 11, 2016 11:27 PM #29
R. Nadolski , Re/Max Sub MI

Great post Fred, some great pictures! I hope you enjoyed a free meal at one of the fine restaurants in your area.

Nov 12, 2016 02:29 AM #30
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Beautiful post Fred Griffin nice testimonial to all of your wonderful family members....

Nov 12, 2016 04:27 AM #31
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have one photo of my dad and that is it.  17 lost and 30+ more served

Nov 12, 2016 07:45 AM #32
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
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WOW! This is an amazing tribute.  Thank you for sharing and many thanks to your family for their sacrifices.

Nov 13, 2016 12:16 AM #33
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I would like to mention both of my parents proudly served this country.

Nov 13, 2016 09:46 PM #34
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you and your family for your service!  A proud heritage :)

Nov 14, 2016 01:14 PM #35
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Fred, your family is amazing! I'm grateful for your love of country and your service.  You've inspired me to create a photo collection of family members who have served our great country.

Nov 15, 2016 03:23 PM #36
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Sharon Parisi 

     Put a photo album together, and be sure to scan it and save to DVD or online.  Several years ago I shared my "Veterans" pictures with my family, via Facebook... and my family started posting their pics, so that we could all have them.  That's how I got my those Vietnam pictures of my cousin sitting on the tank, and many more pictures.

     Thanks to YOUR family members who served!

Nov 15, 2016 10:05 PM #37
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Missed this earlier....the Hansons thank them all for their generous service.

Nov 18, 2016 05:31 PM #38
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition as we honor our veterans.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Nov 20, 2016 01:54 AM #39
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope you are enjoying a very productive month.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Nov 22, 2016 06:27 PM #40
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Fred

Wow what a great post and photos, and so many relatives!

Congrats on the gold star from the AR Gods

Nov 23, 2016 06:53 PM #41
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