Veteran’s Day: My Families Rollcall
Calvin and Luther Blanchard, Massachusetts Minute-Men, 1775.
Thomas Blanchard, North Carolina Militia, 1776.
Thomas Newton, Commissioner, US Navy, 1776.
Francois Boutte, Atakapa Militia, Louisiana, 1776.
Thomas O. Blanchard, War of 1812.
Albert G. Blanchard, Maj. General, 9th Louisiana, CSA, 1861.
Calvin and Ebenezer Carson, 16th Alabama Cavalry, CSA, 1861.
Carey Edward Blanchard, 17th Texas Brigade, CSA, 1864.
William P. Blanchard, Sgt., 71st Inf. US Army, 1941.
Neal Blanchard, Doctor, Capt., US Army, 1941.
Dyer Blanchard, US Navy, 1941.
Hal McGown, Lt. General, US Army, Korea and Vietnam, 1948.
Felix Castille, 1st Marines, Korea, 1951.
Charles Blanchard, Sgt., US Air Force, Vietnam.
Carson Blanchard, US Army, Vietnam.
Crain Blanchard, US Air Force, Vietnam.
Jonathan Blanchard, US Army, Iraq.
Joel Blanchard, US Army, Iraq.
Joshua Blanchard, US Air Force, Afghanistan.
Tully Blanchard, Louisiana Army National Guard.
Will Blanchard, US Army, Iraq.
My older brother was a Physician’s Assistant in US Army during the Vietnam War. My cousin Charles and I served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. He died in Thailand. Three of my sons and two of my nephews serve in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since my grandfather Blanchard came to this country in 1637, our family has defended it. My family are patriots. There are a lot of people who have served our country and I am thankful for it. We are blessed by God with a good land to live in. And it is worth defending our country, no matter how bad it seems to be. I just want to thank the men and women who have served our country in the military. It is right to honor them. Have a blessed and safe Veteran’s Day.