Veterans Day 2017! Today we honor our family members who served in the United States Armed Forces.
Our family has fought for the United States of America for generations. My fathers, cousins, uncles, brothers, and other family members have served during The American Revolution, The War of 1812, The Seminole Wars, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, The Vietnam War, the Cold War, Desert Storm, and in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Cousin Robert, United States Army Vietnam
World War I
Great Uncle Samuel Lanier Laing, United States Army.
Photograph taken at Fort Pickens near Pensacola, Florida.
World War I, World War II, and Korea
Master Sergeant Clayton Wilkie, United States Army
My 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.
World War II
Cousin Douglas Lanier, United States Army
World War II
Great Uncle Robert Arnall, United States Army
My father, Frederick Laing Griffin, Sr.
United States Army
Cold War Era
Cousin Jim, US Army ROTC
Graduation Day at Furman University, SC. My sister Marjorie is standing with Cousin Jim.
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.
My service in the United States Air Force:
I joined the U.S. Air Force a few weeks after the Fall of Saigon, in June of 1975. I served four years; my main base was Williams Air Force Base (the site of today's Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport). I was Honorably Discharged, as a Sergeant, in June of 1979.
My family will always fight for America!
Happy Veterans Day 2017