One of my great-great-great grandfathers is Josiah Dickson. Born in Scotland, Josiah came to America just before the start of the Revolutionary War. In 1775, he enlisted in the Continental Army. 1776 and the start of the War found him in Pittsburgh, where he was detailed to a party of five to take supplies down the Ohio River to outposts in Kentucky. Two of the party were mounted; three, including Josiah, were on foot. While in Kentucky, a band of Shawnee Indians attacked the party. During the skirmish, the two horsemen escaped, one of those on foot was killed and the other two men on foot, including Josiah, were captured.
The prisoners were at first harshly treated by the Indians, but later, conditions improved. Josiah and the other prisoner remained with the Shawnee for about 18 months. Then they were taken to Detroit, where the Indians sold the prisoners to British forces for a bundle of store goods.
Josiah remained in Detroit for some time, during which he had relative freedom, only having to check in with British authorities morning and night. During the day, he could hire out to do work. This portion of his prisoner experience came to an end when he and another prisoner came under suspicion of plotting an escape. They were placed in irons and taken to a prison in Quebec, where he remained for about a year. Once, during the midst of a Quebec winter, several of Josiah's fellow prisoners escaped the prison, but Josiah declined to join them.
From Quebec, he was taken in a prison ship to the West Indies (exact location uncertain) where he and his fellow prisoners suffered greatly. He remained in the ship until he gained his liberty after the British defeat at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781.
After the war, he settled first in Kentucky and then Missouri. He died in 1834 at the age of 84, survived by his wife Isabella, and ten children (seven sons and three daughters).
Information on Josiah Dickson comes from a long letter written by his son John, based on conversations with his father, to John's niece Harriet Powers and from testimony, recorded in legal proceedings, that Josiah gave in support of his application for a veteran's pension in 1832.
I am descended from Josiah Dickson through his daughter Margaret, who married David Adams in 1807.
While in the hospital, I think she started to consider whether or not she really want to spend seven years of her life earning an undergraduate degree. Sadly, she decided she had achieved her goal of becoming a member of the Brigade of Midshipman and she resigned. She came back to Fort Worth and finished up at TCU. She is now serving her fourth tour as a Civilian Contractor at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.
As an aside I heard earlier this month that my Grandson Justin (John III) was invited to a STEM program for prospective mids at the Academy in June. So who knows.
Our son Benjamin (Ben) graduated from VMI (where Dee's father was class of 34) in 1991. He had a NROTC scholarship and received a regular Ensign USN commission before going into submarine training. He served on USS JACKSONVILLE for over three years then earned an IT masters at Monterey, CA. He then did six patrols on USS KENTUCKY Gold as Navigator. Assignments as SSN Scheduler on the SUBFOR staff for five years followed by Combat System Dept Head on the Submarine Training Facility rounded out his twenty years. He has continued with his preferred geek type work as a contractor with AECOM (formerly EG&G Tech Services where I did 18 years) with the Acoustics Division of The Submarine Tech Support Group on the Naval station. Ben met his wife Brenda (a school teacher) while in Lexington VA and they have one daughter Samantha, a junior in a five year engineering program at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Our baby Alice arrived after my first deployment as CO of USS SILVERSIDES in FEB 1980. She met Midshipman 3/c Kevin Barnard on a blind date while a freshman at Mary Washington College in 1998. Kevin graduated in 2001, went through the submarine training pipeline and to USS MINNEAPOLIS ST PAUL. They were married in April 2003. He then did a tour as instructor at the Nuclear Prototype in Charleston SC. That shift work tour granted him time on the ONI Staff office in Crystal City and the happy history major laterally transferred to the Intelligence Community. Three years on the AFRICOM Staff in England allowed Kevin to travel to several countries on that continent and Dee and I to spend three two month trips to the UK using their quarters as a base. A couple of years in Bremerton WA as N2A on the Strike Group Three staff was followed by a year unaccompanied in Bahrain on the Fifth Fleet staff. This past year he has earned a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. With three moves in three years they plan to settle in Dumfries VA while he is assigned to ONI HQ in Suitland MD. He was selected for CDR on the list that just came out. They have three children; Jeb 11, Maddy 8, and Lucy 3.
I really enjoy listening to my three men comparing Navy stories while the women chat at the other end of the room or table. Based on personalities, I expect the family gatherings will be even more interesting when Carl brings the USMC adventures into the mix. Retired life is very good as long as I can stay healthy.
What do you know, he liked it! Never a candidate to fly, he gravitated to communications (two assignments to Afghanistan), and then Cyber warfare. Currently he is finishing an assignment to the USAF Cyber school as the second in command. This summer he will return to Newport for a year at the Naval War College. He is a Major, and seems well appreciated by the Air Force; I have no doubt he will surpass my Navy achievements. Already he has produced our first grandchild, so he's OK in my book, too!
My dad was big X for the US side of the prison (Stalag Luft Three) about which the "Great Escape" movie was made. Other than making a role for Mc Queen, the flick was largely non-fiction. The RAF/RCAF took most of the casualties....more war stories on my dad and LeMay are here.
* Niece Jennifer (Last Name withheld), entered USNA Class of 1987, went through plebe year without one demerit (really! not a sea story!), then quit, re-entered fleet, rose to Chief Petty Officer and was commissioned by direct appointment. She is a serving officer.
Following about seven years in the Navy she remained in Richmond for a couple of years while working for Capital One. In about 2000, my late wife and I convinced her to move to San Diego to work for our start-up company, INDUS. She worked at INDUS for about eight years until beginning her family which now consists of her husband, Wes, (a career San Diego Police Department Sergeant) and two sons Zachary and Alexander.
He was at sea on the Enterprise when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In the immediate aftermath of Pearl Harbor, he flew the F-4F Wildcat in fierce action over the Marshall and Gilbert Islands and was fleeted up to Executive Officer of Fighting Six. He received his first Distinguished Flying Cross from Admiral Chester Nimitz, CINCPAC, on the flight deck of Enterprise for his part in those campaigns. My father is third from the right in ranks in the first picture (after award of the DFC) and fourth from the right in the second (before award) See photos. Halsey was aboard, but Nimitz conferred decorations on my father and several others that day.
|Roger Mehle third from right|
|Roger Mehle fourth from right|
A remark that Nimitz made to my father foreshadowing the Battle of Midway -- which the rank and file did not know was coming -- is often cited in historical accounts of the event -- "I think you'll have a chance to earn another medal in a couple of days." See, e.g., http://www.usswashington.com/dl24ma42.htm .
At the Battle of Midway, he shot down his fifth enemy aircraft, thus becoming one of the Navy's first World War II "aces".
In the Spring of 1944, returning from flight instructor duty in Florida, he reported for a second combat tour in the Pacific as Commander, Air Group 28, and Commanding Officer, Fighting Squadron 28, flying F-6F Hellcats off the USS Monterey (CVL 26). He participated in wide ranging combat operations, both air-to-air and air-to-ground, over Tinian, the Marianas, the Philipine Sea, Wake Island, the Carolines, the Philipines, and Formosa. He was awarded the Silver Star and a second Distinguished Flying Cross for these actions. Ultimately, he earned the designation of "double ace", with 13½ air victories, two additional probable victories, 24 aircraft destroyed on the ground, and thousands of tons of enemy shipping sunk.
In early 1945, he was appointed project officer of the fighter design branch of the Bureau of Aeronautics, and participated in the development and introduction of jet fighter aircraft of various configurations into Naval Aviation. In 1955, having served as Executive Officer of the USS Coral Sea (CVA 43), he was promoted to captain, and in 1957 took command of the USS Cape Esperance (CVU 88) in the Pacific. In 1960, he assumed command of the USS Saratoga (CVA 60), cruising the Atlantic and Mediterranean.
Promoted to rear admiral in 1964, he commanded Carrier Divisions One and Five in the Pacific in 1967, and served as Commander, Attack Carrier Striking Force (CTF-77), embarked on the USS Forrestal (CVA 59), which conducted the Navy's strike operations against military targets in North and South Viet Nam.
In 1968, Rear Admiral Mehle was assigned as Commander, Fleet Air Norfolk, and subsequently commanded the Naval Safety Center until his retirement from active duty in 1970.
Dave (DBA) Moore
* Grandfather: Captain Francis L. Chadwick, USN (Ret) , Class of 1893. Embarked in USS Raleigh at the Battle of Manila Bay. Served during WWI and retired in Norfolk. Deceased 1941.
* Father: Rear Admiral Benjamin E. Moore, USN (Ret), Class of 1927. Became an Aviator in 1930. CO, VP-81 in Jacksonville in 1942. Navigator and XO of USS Franklin (CV-13) in 1944. Silver Star for directing fire fighting after a kamikaze hit in Leyte Gulf. CO, Thetis Bay (CVE-90) in 1945. CO, USS Boxer (CV-21)in 1953-1954. Selected RAdm in 1954. Was first Commander of the Pacific Barrier in 1959 at the same time that Brev Moore's father had the Atlantic Barrier. Served at COMFAIR Hawaii, Quonset Point, and Mediterranean. Bill Carmichael was his aide in Naples. Assistant DCNO Logistics (OP-04B) in 1962-1963. Retired 1966. Deceased 1982.
The next volunteer was Captain John Francis De Long, who served in the War of 1812.
In 1862, my Great-Grandfather, Robert D. Elwood, volunteered for service with the 78th Pennsylvania Volunteers and served as the Captain of Company I. He was commended for his actions at Stones River (Murfreesboro) in the campaign for Central Tennessee in 1863.
My uncle, Lieutenant General Hugh M. Elwood, USMC, enlisted in the marines in 1932 as a field musician and is a graduate of the Class of 1938. He was a WWII ace, and also saw combat in Korea and Vietnam. A complete list of medals and decorations include: the Distinguished Service Medal with gold star in lieu of second award; the Legion of Merit with Combat "V"; the Distinguished Flying Cross with one gold star in lieu of second award; the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V"; the Air Medal with gold stars in lieu of second and third awards, the Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze star; Navy Unit Commendation; the American Defense Service Medal; the American Campaign Medal; one Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, the World War II Victory Medal; the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star; the Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars; the Vietnamese Service Medal with two bronze stars; the Peruvian Aviation Cross-First Class; the National Order of Vietnam-5th Class; the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm; the United Nations Service Medal; the Korean Presidential Unit Citation; and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
My father, Roy F. Schall MD, volunteered for Naval Service as a physician in 1942, and he saw combat on Iwo Jima with the 5th Marines.
Since Jeff had a year at UC Santa Cruz he might have had the greatest degree of sensory depravation in the Plebe class. However, I did give him one order of encouragement. "If you fail come back on your shield!" As an aside he told me the chow was terrible, I didn't believe him until I went back for a visit and found out that food service had been contracted out to Marriott. It was a C- compared to an A when we were there.
He served in Navy Line on the Aegis Cruiser Antietam and later was an XO of a Small Boat Squadron in support of Navy Seals in Panama. He left the service to go to John Hopkins where he earned a Master of International Economics (with a year at the University of Bologna). He later earned an MBA from USC. He currently works for Sony Motion Pictures in LA. My other 5 boys went civilian line.
|William Clifford Barney||James Richardson Barney||USNA '92; Service: USN|
|Denis Joseph William Bell||Michael Denis Bell||USNA '87; Service: USN|
|Ronald Joel Calhoun||Christopher Scott Calhoun||USNA '87; Service: USN|
|Lee Bruellman Cargill||Steven Harold Cargill||USNA '92; Service: USN|
|Austin Eugene Chapman||Anne-Lynne Chapman||USNA '90; Service: USN|
|Landon Greaud Cox,Jr.||Emily Catherine Cox||USNA '10;|
|Henry Frederick Dalton||Marc Henry Dalton||USNA '87; Service: USN|
|Francis Leslie Davey||Francis Walter Davey||USNA '89; Service: USN|
|John Edward Dolby||John Dolby||USNA '99; Service: USN|
|John Oliver Donelan||John Oliver Donelan, Jr.||USNA '89; Service: USN|
|Merrill Herrick Dorman||Carl Merrill Trampenau 2017
|Stephen Mack Duncan||Kelly Lue Duncan White||USNA '90; Service: USN|
|James David Fontana||Timothy Scott Fontana||USNA '96; Service: USN|
|Joel Ruland Gardner||Ellen Stuart Gardner||USNA '89; Service: USN|
|Charles Edward Gosnell||Paul Gregory Gosnell||USNA '87; Service: USMC|
|David Lockwood Greene||Andrew Jon Greene||USNA '88; Service: USN|
|Michael John Harman||Todd Anthony Harman||USNA '92; Service: USN|
|William Spencer Johnson||William Spencer Johnson V||USNA '93; Service: USN|
|Jerry W. Jordan||Julie Jordan||USNA '07; Service USMC|
|Frederick Henry Kaiser||Christopher Ericson Kaiser||USNA '92; Service: USN|
|Jack Lane Karson||Stephen Matthew Karson||USNA '95; Service: USN|
|Ralph Dace Kimberlin||Charles Anthony Kimberlin||USNA '89; Service: USN|
|Ronald Joseph Klemick||Michael Timothy Klemick||USNA '89; Service: USN|
|James Robert Koehn||Susan Elizabeth Koehn Stuck||USNA '89|
|Carl Stanley Kolon||Carl Chadwick Kolon 2018|
|David William Konold||Robert Paul Konold||USNA '94; Service: USN|
|Michael Sam Krause||Matthew Daniel Krause||USNA '96; Service: USMC|
|Robert Edward LaGassa||David Andrew LaGassa||USNA '91; Service: USN|
|James Bryan Lasswell||Jennifer Lynne Lasswell||USNA '92; Service: USN|
|Robert Alex Maier||Steven Robert Maier||USNA '93; Service: USN|
|Robert Alex Maier||Michael Edward Maier||USNA '02; Service: USN|
|Richard Jeffrey Miles||Erica Anne Miles Smith||USNA '87; Service: USN|
|Robert Brevard Moore||Robert Brevard Moore III||USNA '94; Service: USN|
|Thomas Joseph O'Brien||John Morris O'Brien||USNA '89; Service: USN|
|John Jacob Pfeiffer||[ongoing research]||[ongoing research]|
|Peter Douglas Quinton||Jeffrey Matthew Quinton||USNA '91; Service: USN|
|Michael Jon Rubel||Michael Jon Rubel, Jr.||USNA '93; Service: USN|
|Norman John Shackelton||Cory Matthew Shackelton||USNA '98; Service: USMC|
|Joseph Daniel Sharpe||David Marshall Sharpe||USNA '91; Service: USN|
|Michael Hawkins Shelley||Aaron Porter Shelley||USNA '97; Service: USMC|
|Michael Dinsmore Stout||Edward Michael Stout||USNA '94; Service: USN|
|Ralph Henry Stowell||Ralph Henry Stowell IV||USNA '91; Service: USN|
|Glenn Takabayashi||Keith Keneipp Takabayashi||USNA '91|
|John Marlowe Truesdell||Christopher Marlowe Truesdell||USNA '95|
|Emilio Eugene Varanini||Jeffrey Paul Varanini||USNA '90; Service: USN|
|Patrick Waugh||Stephen Michael Waugh||USNA '86; Service: USMC||Nicholas Arthur Waugh 2013|
|Frank Richard Whalen||Scott Richard Whalen||USNA '93; Service: USN|
|James Kent Williamson||Kent James Williamson||USNA '92; Service: USMC|
|Ronald Joseph Wills||Edward Joseph Wills||USNA '93; Service: USN|
|Albert Scott Wilson||Gordon Scott Wilson||USNA '91; Service: USN|
|Michael Allan Blackledge||Douglas Faust Blackledge||USAFA '92; Service: USAF|
|Tony Breard||Nathan Breard||USMA '96|
|Jack G. Dranttel||Tim Dranttel||USAFA '87; Service: USAF|
|William Rivell Hollenack||Paul Hollenack||USMA '98; Service: USA|
August 1, 2011
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