Veterans Day Photos! Thankful for the Military Veterans in my Family

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     Veterans Day 2018!  On November 11, 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 father, grandfathers, brother, cousins, and uncles have defended the United States 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.

     Please join us in remembering these brave men!




Stepfather Herb, flexible gunner with his B-17 Bomber Crew, 1945  

United States Army Air Forces, World War II



Cousin Robert, United States Army, Vietnam 1969




   Cousin Robert, United States Army    Vietnam









Cousin Jack, United States Army 1949


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, 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.







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 grandfather fought with General Andrew Jackson during the Seminole Indian Wars in the Florida Territory, in the early 1800's.

    I served four years in the U.S. Air Force.  I was appointed a non-commissioned officer (Sergeant).  Honorably Discharged in June of 1979.



My family will always fight for America!  


Happy Veterans Day 2018  



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Posted by

Frederick Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker    


Fred is on Leave of Absence from the ActiveRain Community,

effective January 2019


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Tallahassee Florida Metropolitan Area    


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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Fred... I always look forward to your post with the photos of your family who have served our nation. I know you're proud of your family's service but they make me proud to be an American, albeit not yet even yet a first generation one.

Nov 11, 2018 05:19 AM #1
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Thank you,  Nina Hollander  

  Today, on Veterans Day, we are all proud to be Americans!

Nov 11, 2018 05:27 AM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You have reason to be proud of your family's military history, Fred.  My family has been involved in the wars of this country, since the Revolutionary War.  My son is U.S. Navy Retired.  Ironically, I didn't think I had a any family member who fought in WW1.  However, this morning Family Search (a genealogy site), emailed me with a link to a great Uncle, who had.

Nov 11, 2018 05:31 AM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Fred Griffin you have a family full of veterans of war and military members who were than and are now outstanding participants defending our democracy.... my thanks to all of them.... and this a wonderful testimonial for the family members of Fred Griffin.... nicely done, Fred.

Nov 11, 2018 05:37 AM #4
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Hi, Myrl Jeffcoat   

      That is so special, to discover a great uncle who was a World War I veteran.  I salute the Veterans in your family!

Nov 11, 2018 06:02 AM #5
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Barbara Todaro  Thanks for your kind words, Barbara.  If there is a Veterans Day Parade in your town, I encourage you to go.  Applaud and cheer those Veterans, especially the Vietnam Vets who were maltreated when they returned home.

Nov 11, 2018 06:05 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Fred Griffin - You do have reason to be proud. Not many can say they have a history dating back to the Revolution. I find that connection amazing.

Nov 11, 2018 06:29 AM #7
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Thanks to your family and ancestors to defend freedom and the liberties we cherish today.

Nov 11, 2018 06:58 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a proud history you have of your family and ancestors.  One of our clients is a former Marine during the Viet Nam War stationed in Camp Pendleton.  Those were the days, when on leave he would drive to San Juan Capistrano, when people respected those in uniforms...  He is one of the best people we have ever worked with...Yes, we should cheer them all.  A

Nov 11, 2018 08:00 AM #9
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Fred Griffin ,
Seeing the pictures of your family in uniform gave me goosebumps.  I am so grateful for their service. Thank you for the post.

Nov 11, 2018 08:14 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Fred -  thank you to your entire family for defending our way of life.

Nov 11, 2018 10:29 AM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Fred your family has much to be proud of and celebrate today!!!

Nov 11, 2018 03:34 PM #12
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Wow, Fred Griffin - that is an impressive lineup. It's awesome that you have and have preserved so many photos.  So much to be proud of and many to honor today. 

Nov 11, 2018 04:45 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Fred- I was hoping to see your wonderful family post and the history of their service to our country. I thank them and I thank you as well for your service and dedication to our country. 

Nov 11, 2018 06:20 PM #14
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We are appreciative of your family's dedication to service and the sacrifices made for us.

Nov 12, 2018 03:49 AM #15
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Great pictures Fred Griffin I wish I had some of my dad.

Nov 12, 2018 08:51 AM #16
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

You have every right to be proud of your rich heritage of those serving in the military. Thanks for sharing about their sacrifices. Thank you for your service too.

Nov 25, 2018 05:59 PM #17
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Those are great photos Fred. Thanks for sharing them with us. And thank you for your service, and all your family who has served. -Kasey

Dec 01, 2018 09:41 AM #18
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Thank you,  Kasey & John Boles .   

     Soon to be featured on my Veterans Day Photo Page is my niece, Felicity.  She is enlisting in the Air National Guard!

Dec 01, 2018 11:01 AM #19
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Thank you Fred for letting us know about your families service to our country.  Thank you to them all. Gosh you are able to trace back your family for many generations. 

Yes parades honoring those who have served is very important.  


Dec 03, 2018 09:46 AM #20
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